I respond to well-written song lyrics. The perfect combo of a good lyric and melody can move me to tears. A few of my favorites:
"Southbound you can taste the weather. It feels like home."
- "Route," from Son Volt's album, "Trace."
"Says James, in my opinion, there's nothing in this world
Beats a 52 Vincent and a red headed girl
Now Nortons and Indians and Greeveses won't do
They don't have a soul like a Vincent 52"
- Richard Thompson, "1952 Vincent Black Lightning," from his album, "Rumor and Sigh"
"The ashtray says you were up all night
When you went to bed with your darkest mind
Your pillow wept and covered your eyes
And you finally slept while the sun caught fire
We fell in love in the key of C
We walked along down by the sea
You followed me down the neck to D
You fell again into the sea"
- "A Shot in the Arm," from Wilco's album, "Summerteeth"
"There will be teachers that die by their own hand
Pundits that push headlong for atonement
Friends and followers devoted to living
There will be watchers that ply for new confines
Those committed to society's circles
Unwary cogs with no cadence of virtue
There will be right
There will be wrong"
- "Medicine Hat," from Son Volt's album, "Wide Swing Tremolo"