However, at least the early stuff didn't necessarily have the greatest of lyrics.
Which got me thinking.
What bands, artists or songwriters have the best lyrics?
Off the top of my head:
Bob Dylan (the obvious number one choice)
Paul Simon (Simon & Garfunkel)
What else do people think?
I find it interesting that there are all these posters and t-shirts proclaiming Jim Morrison to be the "Greatest American Poet".
Without arguing the relative merits of Walt Whitman or Edgar Allan Poe, let's just look at Morrison's work alone:
The time to hesitate is through,
no time to wallow in the mire.
Try now we can only lose
and our love become a funeral pyre.
Come on baby, light my fire.
Probably The Doors most famous song, yet (as poetry) it's the worst kind of doggerel.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of The Doors musically.
Anyway, I digress.
My point really was to see who others thought were/are great lyricists.