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01/29/2006 12:22 am
I don't know if this has been done before, but I' curious. Playing ability and voice aside, who do you think writes the best lyrics?

I really like Les Claypool and Anthony Kleids, cause it's just like-whoa! How do you come up with that? And their lyrics are not like I'm mad/She left me now I'm sad. :rolleyes:
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01/29/2006 12:31 am
back in Nov there was a same kind of thread.

http://www.guitartricks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=15847

But it's a good question
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01/29/2006 1:31 am
I enjoy Don Henley's lyrical prowess. He's a story teller but that appeals to me.
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01/29/2006 1:55 am
Aaargh, there are too many! Here are a few of my favourites:

Paul Simon (Solo, Simon and Garfunkel)
Neil Young (Solo, Crazy Horse)
Robert Flynn (Machine Head)
Ani diFranco (solo)
Roger Waters (Pink Floyd)
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01/29/2006 2:14 am
Some of my favorites:

Mark Sandman (Morphine, Treat Her Right)
Roger Clyne (The Refreshments, Roger Clyne and The Peacemakers)
Tom Waits
Mia Zapata (The Gits)
Neil Fallon (Clutch)
Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath)
Tomas Kalnoky (early Catch 22, Bandits of the Acoustic Revolution, Streetlight Manifesto)
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01/29/2006 2:41 am
The Kinks-Way ahead of there time. I want some of what they had..
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01/29/2006 9:17 am
JOLLY MCJOLLYSON...I know he's not famous, but that kid is ****hot with lyrics
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01/29/2006 1:18 pm
I agree with Don Henley, as well as Glenn Frey. Especially when the two of them are writing together.
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01/29/2006 2:19 pm
what is this? no JIM MORRISON!! i have to say that i love hi's lyric´s,
especialy for "The End", just fabolous!
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01/29/2006 3:33 pm
Isaac Brock from Modest Mouse.

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01/30/2006 1:46 am
...says the generic mouse... :D

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Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.

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01/30/2006 4:02 am
Lyrically, I think the Tragically Hip are the best. I don't know who writes their lyrics, I assume it's Gord Downie. Whoever it is, they write songs like I wish I could. I also like Jim Morrison and Kurt Cobain. Time by Pink Floyd is one of my favourite songs lyrically because it sounds like something I would try to say in a song, so I guess whoever wrote that (Roger Waters?) is up there too. I'm gonna stick with the Hip though.
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01/30/2006 1:18 pm
John Lennon.... Paul McCartney???? No one has even mentioned them yet... I would also have to say Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Damien Rice, Jason Mraz acoustic singer songwriters are usually the best songwriters in my opinion...... There aren't a lot of great songwriters in rock music these days... I agree with a lot that have been mentioned though.
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01/30/2006 8:45 pm
Originally Posted by: aschlemanJohn Lennon.... Paul McCartney????


Yeah, them guys too. I Am the Walrus is one of my favourite songs for lyrics.The only reason I didn't mention 'em was because a lot of what made them good songwriters was the music. And some of their lyrics just don't appeal to me. Like "I Want You (She's So Heavy)." You can't really say that's a good song for lyrics.

Can't leave out George, either.
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01/31/2006 12:33 am
"your sperms in the gutter, your loves in the sink." now that is writing...... ;)
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01/31/2006 12:57 am
Originally Posted by: Andrew SaJOLLY MCJOLLYSON...I know he's not famous, but that kid is ****hot with lyrics

DARN IT- you beat me to him.

seriously, when i was a noob to the site he'd post stuff in the songwriting forum alll the time. some incredible brains behind those lyrics. catchy, too.
JK :cool:

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01/31/2006 1:15 am
Originally Posted by: Andrew SaJOLLY MCJOLLYSON...I know he's not famous, but that kid is ****hot with lyrics

Please, you're making me blush! Remember your challenge? Haha, I'm pretty proud of that song.

Rockonn91- Haha, thanks dude! I'm glad I'm getting some lyrical appreciation. I could use it right now.
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01/31/2006 3:37 am
Originally Posted by: z0s0_jp"your sperms in the gutter, your loves in the sink." now that is writing...... ;)
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01/31/2006 4:01 am
Ill refrain from joining the Jolly ass kissing fiesta and say Billy Joel.
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