Songwriting is an art AFAIC. It melds poetry and music and can take us to places we might not travel on our own. I tend to like songs where the lyrics are like paintings where different people see different things when the view the painting. In other words, lyrics that allow for more than one interpretation or tell a story eloquently.
There are several songwriters that never get enough credit for their art and I want to bring attention to some you may never have heard of or didn’t realize who they were.
For instance John Cale. He was a founding member of the Velvet Underground whose most famous song was ‘Heroin’. He’s collaborated with many other singers and is an iconic figure in rock and roll:
Another songwriter few know is John Prine although he has influenced many other musicians: