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Today’s New Favourite Best Songwriter Ever

October 17, 2010

What links the following:

Boy Named Sue

Sylvia’s Mother

Ballad of Lucy Jordan

They were all written by the same man, Shel Silverstein. In my book, he’s one of *the* great songwriters. And one of the most under-rated. Worth checking his history on Wikipedia – he was a cartoonist for Playboy, was a successful children’s writer, a playwright, a poet. He also wrote 25 Minutes To Go, which is magnificent and tragic and funny, and a host of other fun, interesting songs which track the tragedy of ordinary lives.

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