Suzanne's Soundtrack Sunday
It sprung to mind, thanks to Steely Dan's 'Reeling in the Years', a song I've always enjoyed. As it is with many songs by Fagen and Becker, the turn of phrase is sometimes what grabs me first. Best line in the song "You've been telling me you're a genius since you were 17, In all the years I've known you I still don't know what that means."
Sometimes, an artist has great abilities to write music, but the lyrics make you go WTH? Springsteen and McCartney as the prime examples of this phenomenon. Some artists write so-so words in an effort to fit the melody.
I don't know if the lyrics I consider the best are because they spoke of something I can relate to, or they're witty or cunning or if the words are really that brilliant. Suffice to say a good song can be considered excellent by the addition of those well written lyrics.
How about you? What lyrics do you find compelling?