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Old 08-12-2008, 10:38 AM   #16
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6. Ryan Adams - It's almost impossible to find that one song that shows everything he has, but I would have to say 'Oh My Sweet Carolina'. But Ryan is also one of those guys who can write for others as well and his songs translate well when others cover them.


I love his "story" songs as I call them like Pa from Jacksonville City Nights or Carolina Rain and Strawberry Wine from 29. These songs don’t really have much structure in the tradition of verse, chorus, verse but they have this rambling structure like a page out of a book or something…
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:11 AM   #17
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1Young - Early Career
2Lennon - Career
3Yorke - Fake Plastic Trees, Karma Police, Reckoner, How To Disappear Completely
4Morrissey/Marr - That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore, Bigmouth Strikes Again, Girlfriend In A Coma
5Frank Black - Everything Pixies
6Springsteen - Everything. Stellar Career
7Bono/Edge - Achtung, Stay
8Cobain - Nevermind
9Tweedy - Jesus Etc.
10Corgan - Today, Disarm, 1979
11Stipe - 1985 to 1995

*Not a Dylan fan, tho I do have a liking for much of his very early stuff.
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What is that song actually about?
Gangs in New York City/Jersey City, methinks.
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Old 08-12-2008, 01:00 PM   #19
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1. Berry/Buck/Mills/Stipe
Definitive Song: (Nightswimming)

2. Harrison/Lennon/McCartney/Starr
(In My Life)

3. Bruce Springsteen
(She's The One)

4. Bono/Clayton/Edge/Mullen
(Stay)

5. Bonham/Jones/Page/Plant
(Stairway To Heaven)

6. Greenwood/Greenwood/O'Brien/Selway/Yorke
(Let Down)

7. Damien Rice
(Cold Water)

8. Ament/Gossard/McCready/Vedder
(Black)

9. Crosby/Geraghty/Noonan/O'Donovan/Philips (Bell X1)
(Lamposts)

10. Followill x4 (Kings Of Leon)
(Knocked Up)
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"Suzanne" always gets me:

Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river
You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her
And you know that she's half crazy
But that's why you want to be there
And she feeds you tea and oranges
That come all the way from china
And just when you mean to tell her
That you have no love to give her
Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer
That you've always been her lover
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For you've touched her perfect body with your mind

And Jesus was a sailor
When he walked upon the water
And he spent a long time watching
From his lonely wooden tower
And when he knew for certain
Only drowning men could see him
He said all men will be sailors then
Until the sea shall free them
But he himself was broken
Long before the sky would open
Forsaken, almost human
He sank beneath your wisdom like a stone
And you want to travel with him
And you want to travel blind
And you think maybe you'll trust him
For he's touched your perfect body with his mind.

Now Suzanne takes you hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From salvation army counters
And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers
There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror
And you want to travel with her
And you want to travel blind
And you know that she will trust you
For she's touched your perfect body with her mind

brilliant.
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I love his "story" songs as I call them like Pa from Jacksonville City Nights or Carolina Rain and Strawberry Wine from 29. These songs don’t really have much structure in the tradition of verse, chorus, verse but they have this rambling structure like a page out of a book or something…
Yes he's brilliant at these as well...
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Old 08-12-2008, 11:51 PM   #22
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his songwrititng is superb and completely underated, the critics concern themseleves too much with his attitude and mostly the "too prolific/needs an editor" staple, if they could just shut up and listen to the songs.
Let it Ride, A Kiss Before I Go, This House Is Not For Sale, Cannonball Days, Blue Sky Blues, Goodnight Hollywood Blvd, Friends, Peaceful Valley, Dear Chicago, and a bizillion others songs.
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1. David Bowie, undoubtedly the greatest solo artist of all time.
definitive song, pick from, Heroes, Stationtostation, The Width Of A Circle, Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing, Cygnet Committee.
2. U2, - WOWY, One.
3. Shane MacGowan, - Fairytale..., Rainy Night In Soho.
4. John Lennon, - Mind Games, #9 Dream.
5. Joe Strummer, - Complete Control, London Calling.
6. Kate Bush, - everything off the Kick Inside album.
7. Springsteen, - The Rising, Paradise.
8. Dylan, - Hurricane.
9. Lou Reed, - WLWH, Wating For The Man.
10.Morrissey/Marr, - There Is A Light That Never Goes Out.
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5. Bono/Edge - Well we're on a U2 fansite so I'm sure most of know the strength of their song-writing abilities. But, I'd like to point out Two Shots of Happy, to me this is a perfect example of a songwriter who has the ability to step out and write for someone else, I think it shows diversity.
9. Pete Townshend - Just one title: Baba O'Riley
Yeah I agree with U2/Bono/Edge. This being a U2 bashing sitefansite I'm surprised to see them mentioned here, but I mean come on Bono hsa written some mighty fine lyrics.

A Sort of Homecoming, Bad, Running to Stand Still - the song that I think is the best-written song I've ever come across - , One Tree Hill, most of Achtung...


And I was going to mention Pete Townshend, just because he would be hugely offended if he weren't. Imagine if Lifehouse hadda worked.
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1. David Bowie, undoubtedly the greatest solo artist of all time.
definitive song, pick from, Heroes, Stationtostation, The Width Of A Circle, Sweet Thing/Candidate/Sweet Thing, Cygnet Committee.
Great choice as well, his writing is superb.

Only Bowie could write a song about a human race which has forgotten how to 'do it' who have to go back and watch pornos from the 70s.
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8. Elton John - Elton isn't someone I put in the CD player a lot, but I recognise that he's an amazing songwriter, especially his ballads. Tiny Dancer
Shouldn't that be Elton John & Bernie Taupin? Taupin wrote the lyrics for the vast majority of Elton's songs, including those of "Tiny Dancer."
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Shouldn't that be Elton John & Bernie Taupin? Taupin wrote the lyrics for the vast majority of Elton's songs, including those of "Tiny Dancer."
I was thinking the same thing.

But, anyway, that's a good list BVS.
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Shouldn't that be Elton John & Bernie Taupin? Taupin wrote the lyrics for the vast majority of Elton's songs, including those of "Tiny Dancer."
True that... momentary memory loss
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