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09:25 PM on 04/11/2012
Poor Dylan choice.
No Beatles (Eleanor Rigby, For No One, Across the Universe, Strawberry Fields Forever).
Boy in the Bubble would've been a better Paul Simon pick.
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american-dolt
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08:54 PM on 04/11/2012
Being Huffpo I expected Madonna, Katy Perry and Justin Bieber.
08:45 PM on 04/11/2012
The fact that Play Crack the Sky by Brand New isn't on this list almost invalidates the whole thing.
08:27 PM on 04/11/2012
Nice bait for Spotify. You'll get everyone using it one way or another. Lennon and McCartney are glaringly missing from this "list".
thebigbike
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08:24 PM on 04/11/2012
" ezra pound and t.s. eliot, fighting in the captain's tower, while calypso singers laugh at them and fishermen hold flowers....."
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02:13 PM on 04/12/2012
"Lights flicker from the opposite loft.
In this room the heat pipes just coughed.
The country music station plays soft and there's nothing, really nothing to turn off.
Just Louise, and her lover so entwined
But these visions of Johanna...They conquer my mind."
thebigbike
ran away to be a cowboy
04:46 PM on 04/12/2012
I second that emotion..
05:19 PM on 04/11/2012
Lil Wayne: A Milli and Sky's the Limit and Dough is What I Got.

Tunechi!
03:36 PM on 04/11/2012
My own personal favorite is "The Morning Bird," Tret Fure's break-up song to Cris Williamson, for its refrain:

When the darkness falls upon you
And the pain is too to bear
When the heart is bleeding bitter
And the cold is everywhere
Just bite into the stars at night
And bold into the day
And remember that the moonlight
Is just sunlight anyway
03:26 PM on 04/11/2012
any list like this is obviously more for fun than anything. but any list that has a dylan song at #9 below simon and garfunkle, bright eyes, pulp, etc. is a complete joke. and it doesn't have a singe neil young song... please tell me this thing was thrown by some huffpo editor and not the poetry foundation.

i think i'd put 'a hard rains a-gonna fall' by bob dylan at number one, and 'sisters of mercy' by leonard cohen at #2.
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MorallySuperiorAtheist
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03:00 PM on 04/11/2012
This is an impossible list.
Most of the best, most poetic work of any artist is buried deep, deep, DEEP in an album. It's that song you find late at night while your iPod is playing in the background that sends out a riff you have to hear again and again. Imagery that comes from the economy of language that compresses a vision into three minutes and thirty seconds. Chances are, if the song is recognizable, or a "hit", that same artist did better stuff languishing in obscurity.
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MorallySuperiorAtheist
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02:48 PM on 04/11/2012
I Envy the Wind -- Lucinda Williams. Play it and watch the woman in your arms melt.

Jesse -- Joan Baez. If your heart has never been broken, don't bother. If it ever has, however, listen to it with a box of kleenex at the ready.
03:32 PM on 04/11/2012
Joan Baez was one singer who covered "Jesse." It was written by JANIS IAN.
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MorallySuperiorAtheist
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03:35 PM on 04/11/2012
Arrrgh. You're right. But I liked Joan Baez's version better.
03:33 PM on 04/11/2012
Oh, but for Joan Baez let me add that I'd certainly consider "Diamonds and Rust" worthy of inclusion on this list.
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01:40 PM on 04/11/2012
I think there should be more Paul Simon in there; agree with the "where's Joni Mitchell?" and add "no Maria McKee?"
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02:44 PM on 04/11/2012
Agree on both counts. The early Paul Simon was very poetic when teamed with Art Garfunkel. "For Emily Whenever I May Find Her," "Scarborough Fair/Canticle," "Poem on an Underground Wall," "Dangling Conversation," "Richard Cory," "A Most Peculiar Man," and on and on.
01:16 PM on 04/11/2012
Poetic? And no Joni Mitchell? Anyone who knows anything about songwriting and poetry knows they are completely different disciplines which intersect rarely and with dubious results. National Poetry Month doesn't help itself by confusing the issue. Song lyrics are not poems. Apples and broccoli.
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11:48 AM on 04/11/2012
what do you mean by POETIC?
how is Walk on the Wild Side poetic?
truly curious (anyone?), thanks.
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02:41 PM on 04/11/2012
Very Beat. It's close to being a spoken word poem set to music.
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MorallySuperiorAtheist
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02:53 PM on 04/11/2012
It's rhythm bespeaks a very self-aware coolness. It's dirty. It's Lou Reed. His "Romeo and Juliet" is a more refined version, more typical poetry, but WOTWS did it first.

Face it, most real poetry never hits the pop charts.

If it did Leonard Cohen would be richer than Ke$ha.
11:35 AM on 04/11/2012
Where are "Horse Latitudes" (The Doors) and "God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot" by Leonard Cohen and Buffy St. Marie?
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11:18 AM on 04/11/2012
i vote for you learn and we didn't start the fire plus dylan's and simon's songs