As most of you know, I'm a die hard Mark Knopfler fan - I think he's one of the great musicians of all time and I can listen to his music, both his thought provoking lyrics and incredible guitar, over and over without ever getting bored.
But, since I've got Beastly spending the summer here at Stonekettle Station, I try to vary the music in the shop a bit more than I usually do when I'm alone out there.
Today it's been mostly a Jimmy Buffet kind of day.
You know, it's been a while since I listened to the old Parrot Head, and I'd forgotten just how great some of his lyrics are.
Take this one from A Pirate Looks at Forty:
Yes, I am a pirate, two hundred years too late
The cannons don't thunder, there's nothin' to plunder
I'm an over-forty victim of fate
Arriving too late, arriving too late
But I've done a bit of smugglin',
I've run my share of grass
Made enough money to buy Miami,
but I pissed it away so fast
Never meant to last, never meant to last
I've always loved that song, but now that I'm well into my late forties it really strikes a chord with me.
Another all time favorite is this bit from My Heads Hurts:
My head hurts, my feet stink, and I don't love Jesus
It's that kind of morning
Really was that kind of night
Trying to tell myself that my condition is improving
And if I don't die by Thursday, I'll be roarin' Friday night
See, that's the thing about Buffet, we've all been there. And really only Jimmy Buffet could come up with this:
So, anyway today's question is this: Who do you consider a great lyricist and why. Give two examples.
Oh, and yeah, try not to be an asshole.