Pick three lyricists . . .

Charlie Bernstein

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Gerry Goffin - he was often the lyricist on his collaborations with wife Carole King
Brian Wilson
Hal David
Don't know Hal. I'll check him out. . . . Oh! He's Burt's buddy. Always wondered whether Burt wrote the words, too. Now I know. Thanks!

That reminds me. I started learning "Mexican Divorce" a while back and got sidetracked. Good reminder.
 

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"Two Princes" by Spin Doctors

I'll spare you all posting those horrible painful lyrics.

Find them on the Googles if you dare

I actually like that one!


The, uh, lyrics on Good Morning Starshine, from Hair, by Oliver are particularly heinous, IMO.
The chorus is the worst part.
I actually like the melody.
Truly hurl-worthy!
 

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These 3 have already been mentioned (but not together).

Leonard Cohen ('cause he's the master)
Elvis Costello (clever lyrics and wordplay)
Nick Cave (great storyteller)

But I want to cheat and have 4: so, also James Blunt
 

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John Martyn
Cole Porter
Cindy Walker
Cole had it all.

Didn't know John, so I Googled some of his videos. Really couldn't make out many of the words, but any D-55 slinger is A-OK in my book.

Didn't recognize Cindy's name, but we all know You Don't Know Me. Great tune. But what knocked me out was one I'd never heard: Take Me In Your Arms (And Hold Me). What a scorcher!
 
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I would have to have to separate groups.

For personal meaningful songs:
  • Bob Dylan
  • Bruce Springsteen
  • Paul Simon
For pop songs:
  • Paul McCartney
  • Taylor Swift
  • Max Martin
 

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I wouldn't trouble them with my lyrics unless they asked to see them, but I'd like to talk with them about their songs. Three women:

--Lucinda Williams. I love her songs. We're the same age. Her dad was a poet whom I'd heard of before, and he died from dementia (reflected in her songs) at about the same time my dad did.

--Dolly Parton. Man, she's written a lot of songs. I saw her just this morning on the old Porter Wagoner Show.

--Iris Dement. I remember her from A Prairie Home Companion. She seems to be a down-to-earth person, and her songs are quirky and funny sometimes.

Among men my three chooses would be Guy Clark, Paul Simon, and John Prine.
 




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