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Thread #120299   Message #2615548
Posted By: Midchuck
21-Apr-09 - 08:41 AM
Thread Name: Cohen / Lightfoot / Tyson
Subject: RE: Cohen / Lightfoot / Tyson
In my opinion:

Cohen, at his best, writes lyrics that are as good as Dylan's, and better melodies. He shares with Dylan the characteristic that most of his songs sound better when sung by others than him.

Lightfoot does very little for me, and I can't say why. I like "Pony Man" a lot, but can't get turned on by his songs for grownups. Maybe I just can't see what all the fuss about the God Damned Edmund Fitzgerald is all about. If you want a song about tragedy on the Great Lakes, "White Squall" is so much better...

Ian Tyson is The Man. And nobody in the eastern US understands that because his whole second career as a cowboy singer and songwriter was largely unnoticed. But if you go into any rural bar in the western plains or mountain states (or the equivalent parts of Canada, of course) and say anything derogatory about him whatever, you can experience the thrill of having the s*** kicked out of you by a genuine working cowboy. Or several. I guarantee it.