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”

See – http://www.myths.com/pub/lyrics/Dylan-Bob_bott.html

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

Check – http://www.tomwaits.com/songs/#/songs/song/260/Day_After_Tomorrow/

FULL songs here –



What makes for great song lyrics? Some personal inspirations

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