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(@jacqui1627)
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Has anyone ever heard any songs by Jason Mraz? He's a crazy guy but an incredible songwriter, his music is a mixture of acoustic/folk and jazz. He's awesome!

Here's a link to his list of songs and their lyrics:
http://www.jasonmraz.com/lyrics.html

J :)

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(@musicmaniac221)
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I've heard songs by Jason Mraz....dont listen to him tho.

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YOU WEREN'T THERE
(Sullivan) 1999

Well, you say it's such a small, small world
flying Club Class back from the far-east
curled up safe and warm in the big chair
you were drifting through the skies of anywhere
Get the courtesy car to the Sheraton
there's live on-the-spot reports on the CNN between the ad-breaks
so you think you know what's going on - but you don't
because you weren't in Belfast, no you weren't there
and no you weren't in Waco, no you weren't there
and you weren't in Kosovo, you weren't there
and you weren't in my head so you don't know how it felt
walking arm in arm with crowds to the square
and the banners waving and the sun glinting

All this information swims round and round
like a shoal of fish in a tank going nowhere
Up and down between the glass walls
You're so safe in the knowledge they're impenetrable
and you look out at the world and see nothing at all
so go back to sleep and you'll be woken when the time comes
and you'll never know just what hit you or where it came from
because you weren't in Bradford, no you weren't there
and you weren't on the hill, no you weren't there
and you weren't with us so you never saw
just what happened when the television crews came knocking on the door
how the people told them all to go to Hell,
smashed the cameras and sent them away
There were sirens going off and policemen coming in
and all that you love was being swept away
in the rush of a black tide all done in your name
and you'll never know just what happened there
or how it feels - just how it feels . . .


   
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(@musicmaniac221)
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Still dont know who these ppl are.

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(@scratchmonkey)
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Still dont know who these ppl are.

Hit Google, or allmusic.com, type their names in, see what the reviews say, listen to some clips, and maybe you'll see why folks listed them. I've discoverd a lot of terrific artists that way. Just by looking up artists other people around here have mentioned.

-- Scratch 8)


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(@urbnite)
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i'm almost surprised no one has said radiohead, although from what i can tell most people don't listen to the lyrics.

i personally think thom yorke is genious.


   
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(@musicmaniac221)
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Yea well...I dont listen to Radiohead. :(

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(@musicmaniac221)
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Oh yea, I'm listening to Nickelback and Chad Kroeger's lyrics are actually pretty good.

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Hmm... I'm scrolling through this thread, and I'm not sure 'best lyrics' is well defined. In my opinion, tunes like the ones posted may have great imagery, and work well with the music to present a good song, but the lyrics themselves I wouldn't call great - they're just part of a whole.

To me, a really great lyric will stand alone, indpendent of the music, and still be great. That's about more than just imagery, it's about telling a whole story. For example, Jim Croce's 'Leroy Brown' I'd consider pretty much a formula tune... fun, but not a great song. But the lyrics themselves are outstanding.

A truly great lyric tells a story that's got wide appeal, not just across different groups of people, but across different points of time in their lives. Songs of angst, songs of political views, or other songs of 'important' subjects may perfectly address the current emotions of their core listeners, but I don't think they will address those same fans in 10 years time.

On the other hand, songs that speak to universal emotions - love, desire, or longing... or those that speak of narrower desires in a humorous way... those are going to hold up better over time.

So what do I think are perhaps the best lyrics of all time? In no particular order, these would be strong contenders:

White Christmas
Crazy (written by Willie Nelson for Patsy Cline)
Yesterday
Girl from Ipanema

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Musicmaniac221 It's my opinion that you could do with a little broadening of your musical horizons. I'd take the suggestions of these more experianced guys to heart when it comes to music.

I know I'm glad I did.
I'm only 16 too, so it's not like this stuff is for the more...seasoned people out there. 8)

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the lizard king, is surely dead
the king of France, lost his head
the King of Kings... bled
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Mmmm...I like to stay in my rock/hard rock category/genre....:-p

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(@greybeard)
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Mmmm...I like to stay in my rock/hard rock category/genre....:-p

It's like saying "I like swimming, but I'll only swim in 25 metre, indoor, heated pools".

Look at other styles, you never know what you'll find. On the recommendation of a review on GN (Holmes Brothers), I went to one of their concerts and found not only the Holmes Brothers (great live act), but also a guy called Abi Wallenstein (equally a great live act).

Chasing the answer to one or another of the offerings to the "Guess that Riff" thread I re-discovered a number of artists that I had sadly neglected and found one or two that I knew nothing of.

I started with nothing - and I've still got most of it left.
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(@musicmaniac221)
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ahhhh...stop yelling at me!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! ...:)....yea i know i shuld listen to other stuff...just what i listen to, i can relate to (a lot of it)...other stuff...i just like the guitar....or drum patterns or sumthin. lol! yea i know...stupid reasons...but oh well...mostly bc i can relate to it.

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Music is a reflection of mood. You can't always be in the hard rock mood, it's just not possible. What about when you're sad? Tired? Unwell? Psychobabblers will tell you that the best way out of such a mood is to listen to music that reflects that mood. Selecting music that slowly moves away from the mood, into another, will eventually lead you to a happy mood.

Playing happy music, when you're sad, will irritate rather than animate.

Since restarting with guitar, I've found that I can appreciate many types of music - I may not like them, but I can appreciate them. I'm willing to give everything a chance - even Britney Spears and the thousands of warblers, that produce what they like to call R&B (why, I don't know - R&B is what people like Chuck Berry, Rolling Stones and a lot of others play).

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(@musicmaniac221)
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lol. I dont just listen to Hard rock and rock. I listen to melodic things too...like Incubus...and other stuff like that to make me happy...I listen to Trance music too.

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