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  •  No mention of Sting? Or Suzanne Vega? (4+ / 0-)

    I adore Bob Dylan -- don't get me wrong.  I also love John Lennon and Paul Simon.  Joni Mitchell is amazing.  But you cannot eave these to out of your poll!  They write exquisite songs, and their music is beautiful.

    “When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.” ~Socrates

    by Vijaya on Sun May 26, 2013 at 07:26:52 AM PDT

    •  Sting, hell to the YES (2+ / 0-)
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      Brecht, Monsieur Georges
      FORTRESS AROUND YOUR HEART

      Under the ruins of a walled city
      Crumbling towers and beams of yellow light
      No flags of truce, no cries of pity
      The siege guns had been pounding all through the night
      It took a day to build the city
      We walked through its streets in the afternoon
      As I returned across the lands I'd known
      I recognized the fields where I'd once played
      I had to stop in my tracks for fear
      Of walking on the mines I'd laid

      And if I built this fortress around your heart
      Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
      Then let me build a bridge
      For I cannot fill the chasm
      And let me set the battlements on fire

      Then I went off to fight some battle
      That I'd invented inside my head
      Away so long for years and years
      You probably thought or even wished that I was dead
      While the armies are all sleeping
      Beneath the tattered flag we'd made
      I had to stop in my track for fear
      Of walking on the mines I'd laid

      And if I built this fortress around your heart
      Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
      Then let me build a bridge
      For I cannot fill the chasm
      And let me set the battlements on fire

      This prison has now become your home
      A sentence you seem prepared to pay
      It took a day to build the city
      We walked through its streets in the afternoon
      As I returned across the lands I'd known
      I recognized the fields where I'd once played
      I had to stop in my tracks for fear
      Of walking on the mines I'd laid

      And if I built this fortress around your heart
      Encircled you in trenches and barbed wire
      Then let me build a bridge
      For I cannot fill the chasm
      And let me set the battlements on fire

    •  But my poll just wasn't big enough! (2+ / 0-)
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      Monsieur Georges, RiveroftheWest

      (no pun intended).

      I met Suzanne Vega, backstage after her first album. She was very sweet.

      I like your choices, but that was half the point of the diary, for people to bring their own choices in the comments. I didn't quite aim to put only Olympian songwriters in the poll - I made sure to get a couple of rappers and modern picks in. But I only put in people who I felt had a claim to being poets.

      "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

      by Brecht on Sun May 26, 2013 at 10:40:18 AM PDT

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