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  • #61
    This may not be a perfect song, but as a platform for an extended guitar solo, it's unparalleled, IMO.

    “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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    • #62
      One thing this little exercise of tagging songs as "perfect" is that it's becoming very clear to me that most of my personal favorites are not perfect.

      And a lot of my favorite artists/bands don't have any songs that I feel merit the "perfect" denomination.

      Part of this I think is due to accommodating my tastes to the inherent amateurism and limited skills sets that are discernible in the great majority of popular music. Or maybe this is better said, that, even 'tho I learned in music lessons what it really means to be a thoroughly trained musician (which I never attained to), my heart had been given to popular music from early on. Listening to a Beethoven symphony is like watching a fantastic movie - an exercise in the wow factor of excellence and "big" art. But listening to Dylan is like sitting around listening to an old friend tell great stories of all sorts. Closer to home, the perfection is not really necessary - in fact it can just be a distraction that takes one away from the point of the thing.

      But every now and then at the popular level, some sort of perfection is achieved that's not at the expense of the soul of the matter. That in itself is a bit of an anomaly - a very good thing, but still an anomaly.

      nat whilk ii
      Last edited by nat whilk II; 07-15-2014, 05:18 PM.

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      • #63
        "Ode to Billie Joe," Bobbie Gentry.

        “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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        • #64
          That Joni tune is very pleasant to listen to. I'm not sure I'd refer to it is perfect, but I'm not sure I need to either.

          Oh, and "Who'll Stop the Rain" is a quintessential pop/rock tune.
          Don't listen to Justin.
          LCK - 2/21/2012

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          • mbfrancis
            mbfrancis commented
            Editing a comment
            Read the words to Both Sides Now - they are perfectly formed.

        • #65
          I'm not even sure what the song is about exactly, I've interpreted it many different ways over the years. Even after hearing it hundreds of times, I still have to shelve whatever else I maybe thinking about at the time and pay attention every time it pops up on shuffle.

          http://youtu.be/SAe3sCIakXo

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          • #66
            Originally posted by dramey View Post
            I'm not even sure what the song is about exactly, I've interpreted it many different ways over the years. Even after hearing it hundreds of times, I still have to shelve whatever else I maybe thinking about at the time and pay attention every time it pops up on shuffle.

            http://youtu.be/SAe3sCIakXo
            I HATED that song when it first came on. I'd literally walk out of a supermarket if it came on the muzak station. It wasn't until "Long December" came out that I started appreciating those guys.

            Actually, now that I mention it....

            Don't listen to Justin.
            LCK - 2/21/2012

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            • #67
              Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman." Either one of these versions will do.



              “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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              • #68
                I started reading through the thread, thinking of the songs I would offer. I shouldn't have been surprised when most of them were already posted by LCK.

                This is an early Joni MItchell song, but I have always been partial to this Tom Rush version.


                Then there is 'America' from the vast Paul Simon library. This song has absolutely no rhymes, perfect or otherwise, but I never realized it until it was pointed out to me recently.


                Mark Knopfler is an English balladeer with a groove. From his Dire Straits days through his lengthy solo career his songs have mainly been short stories with colorful characters and situations, highlighted by his distinctive guitar work and a production style that builds songs from understated beginnings to full bore endings.

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                • #69
                  And this John Prine song is, for me, the perfect break up song. Nothing overt, no screaming, no moaning, only lines like "...you know she still laughs with me, but she waits just a second too long."

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                  • #70
                    Gerry Rafferty's 'Baker Street' must be in the near perfect category because when it 1st came out, I had never heard anything quite like it.
                    And I've never heard anything quite like it since. That's got to be worth something.

                    Last edited by oldgitplayer; 07-16-2014, 11:59 PM.
                    'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn'.
                    CHARLIE PARKER

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                    • #71
                      Did Mike Oldfield have much impact in the USA? His 'Tubular Bells' was big, but so was this one he wrote with his sister Maggie O'Reilly on vocals. Not perfect - but damn good in its time.

                      Last edited by oldgitplayer; 07-17-2014, 12:14 AM.
                      'Music is your own experience, your thoughts, your wisdom. If you don't live it, it won't come out of your horn'.
                      CHARLIE PARKER

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                      • #72
                        Originally posted by saturn1 View Post
                        And this John Prine song is, for me, the perfect break up song. Nothing overt, no screaming, no moaning, only lines like "...you know she still laughs with me, but she waits just a second too long."
                        Nice. I hadn't heard that one before.

                        I could probably think of at least half-a-dozen John Prine songs that come very close to being perfect. I've been struggling to think of a single Bob Dylan song that might fit the category!!
                        “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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                        • #73
                          Bobby Darin, "Mack the Knife."

                          “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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                          • #74
                            I'm partial to this version.

                            Don't listen to Justin.
                            LCK - 2/21/2012

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                            • #75
                              Emmylou Harris, "Together Again."

                              “I think you make yourself an antenna for songs, and songs want to be around you. And then they bring other songs along, and then they’re all sittin’ around, and they’re drinking your beer, and they’re sleeping on the floor.” —Tom Waits

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