The greatest poets of Rock & Roll

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Don McLean

Oh man, how did I miss that one?!?!?! He's one of my absolute favorites. I esp love his song, Starry Starry Night.
 
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Oh man, how did I miss that one?!?!?! He's one of my absolute favorites. I esp love his song, Starry Starry Night.
Show of hands ... who knows more than two songs by Don McLean? I've only heard Vincent and Pie. What are his other noteworthy (or listenworthy) pieces?
 
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Show of hands ... who knows more than two songs by Don McLean? I've only heard the two.

And if she asks you why,
you can tell her that I told you
That I`m tired of castles in the air.
I`ve got a dream I want the world to share
And castle walls just lead me to despair.

Hills of forest green where the mountains touch the sky,
A dream come true, I`ll live there till I die.
I`m asking you to say my last goodbye.
The love we knew ain`t worth another try.

Save me from all the trouble and the pain.
I know I`m weak, but I can`t face that girl again.
Tell her the reasons why I can`t remain,
Perhaps she`ll understand if you tell it to her plain.

But how can words express the feel of sunlight in the morning,
In the hills, away from city strife.
I need a country woman for my wife;
I`m city born, but I love the country life.

For I will not be part of her cocktail generation:
Partners waltz, devoid of all romance.
The music plays and everyone must dance.
I`m bowing out. I need a second chance.

Save me from all the trouble and the pain.
I know I`m weak, but I can`t face that girl again.
Tell her the reasons why I can`t remain,
Perhaps she`ll understand if you tell it to her plain.

And if she asks you why, you can tell her that I told you
That I`m tired of castles in the air.
I`ve got a dream I want the world to share
And castle walls just lead me to despair.
 
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Oh man, how did I miss that one?!?!?! He's one of my absolute favorites. I esp love his song, Starry Starry Night.

The opening line is "Starry starry night", but the actual title is "Vincent". It's a tribute to van Gogh.
Gokul, "Dreidel" is also on that album, and is pretty okay.
Lisa, I hardly ever know the lyrics to songs, due to a hearing problem, but I have an idea about the "diamonds in the soles of her shoes" line from Simon. Since the theme of the album is African, might this be a reference to smuggling diamonds out of a mine by stepping upon them and having them become imbedded in the tread of one's footwear? That wouldn't actually work, of course, since the workers are strip-searched and X-rayed, but it's the first thing that came to mind upon reading those words.
 
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I don't know exactly how everyone defines "Rock and Roll" whether it include modern "rock" like music or strictly Classic Rock and what not, if the latter, then I have to say the modern band, The Shins always have some pretty good lyrics, many times poetic.

This is a good poetic treatment of the timeless subject of love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K-P15e6NvtU&feature=channel good song about social issues

And a good song about humanity

There are plenty more, with poetic treatments of everyday life and love etc etc, but I believe The Shins deserve a mention
 
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Lisa, I hardly ever know the lyrics to songs, due to a hearing problem, but I have an idea about the "diamonds in the soles of her shoes" line from Simon.
I don't know the song or the album, but when I read the post I guessed it was a hint at how uber wealthy "she" is.

Poor people have no diamonds.

Rich people display their diamonds where everyone can see the (arms, neck, etc.) and they treat them with care.

You have to be mind numbingly rich to buy shoes that have diamonds in the soles, where no one sees them, and they get treated like trash.
 
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The opening line is "Starry starry night", but the actual title is "Vincent". It's a tribute to van Gogh.

Yes, habit.
 
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Marc Cohn is a very talented lyricist, and I love his music.
 
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A one-hit-wonder to me! But that's probably saying more about me than Mr Cohn.
 
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His first two CDs are loaded with keepers. Walking in Memphis got lots of airplay as did Silver Thunderbird. Commercial radio never got much deeper than those two cuts, so many people are not familiar with his best work.
 

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