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.
- •"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.
- •"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.
- •"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.
- •"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.
- •"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."