I’m fascinated by language and words and lament mostly what I hear as lyrics in songs. Often what occurs is “ok” but IMO not great.
That said there are a few great ones out there, but you have to look to find them!
Here are some of my big inspirations for lyrics
Firstly, Nick Cave – here are some video clips with lyrics
Secondly an artist who nobody will have heard of, Frank Tedesso who disappeared without trace
I saw him twice, just brilliant, but you will find very little of his material anywhere, see him here
Then of course my favorite Dylan Album “Blood on the tracks”
Joni Mitchell is another great artist who wrote smart lyrics
FULL LIST – http://jonimitchell.com/music/songlist.cfm
One great example – http://jonimitchell.com/music/song.cfm?id=37
Finally, Tom Waits who continues to inspire and mystify
FULL songs here –