FIVE SONGS I WISH I HAD WRITTEN

Not necessarily my all-time favorite songs, but I would love to have my name attached to them. NOTE: Paul Westerberg/The Replacements excluded because it's impossible to pick only five.
  1. "From A Buick 6," Bob Dylan. No idea what this song is about, but it sounds great coming out of a jukebox in a divebar.
  2. "Real Live Bleeding Fingers and Broken Guitar Strings," Lucinda Williams. A loud country-rocker with lyrics sad enough to make you want to pour an extra one.
  3. "Rocket Man," Elton John. Allegedly, the song is about astronaut being an everyday occupation (thanks, Wikipedia), but there's loneliness, alienation and disconnection at play too.
  4. "Grand Canyon," Drive-By Truckers. A tribute to a friend who died of a heart attack. Makes me wish I had the talent to honor my fallen friends in such a manner.
  5. "The Promised Land," Bruce Springsteen. If one could transform Cinemascope into music, it would sound like this song off the classic "Darkness on the Edge of Town."