Simple question: who are your favorite songwriters/lyricists? My favorite is Bob Dylan. If you bother to really listen to his lyrics throughout the years, you will come to appreciate that he is a true poet; I don't think anyone else comes close. And he has always been so versatile - careful not to get trapped in any box for two long. As multiple times he purposefully went against fame. He has done so much to inspire music as we know it, and he deserved the Nobel Prize, certainly. Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky With one hand waving free Silhouetted by the sea Circled by the circus sands With all memory and fate Driven deep beneath the waves Let me forget about today until tomorrow Others, in no order (and excusing that I'm certainly forgetting some): Laura Marling George Harrison (though often overshadowed by the other Beatles, he was brilliant) Marika Hackman (the poetry of her first fews LPs can't be ignored) Courtney Barnett Matt Berninger (of the National) Yoni Wolf Morrissey (even though he is a total pr**k of a person).