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David Gray Lyrics, As Seen By A Singer-Songwriter

Posted by admin On October - 19 - 2011

I can’t stop being amazed by the talent that English recording artist, David Gray, seems to have when it comes to putting together a song. I’ve read somewhere that he stated in an interview: he’s no closer to knowing what makes a good song than when he first started out as a singer-songwriter.

Although I don’t believe this is perfectly true, I can see why he would say this: as you write more and more songs, you get to the point where the process gets so familiar to you (but not to everyone else) that you no longer find it magical. I mean, it came out of your own head. You can’t expect to be surprised, can you? Plus, it kind of fits into the indie folk lifestyle not to ponder over these things too much – and just get to writing your next song…

But enough ranting about what makes the best singer-songwriters what they are. David Gray is definitely a leader of this generation’s singer-songwriter pack, and there is no question about that.

Just listen to the build-up to that amazing chorus:

If you want it
Come and get it
Crying out loud
The love that I was
Giving you was
Never in doubt
Let go your heart
Let go your head
And feel it now

Babylon, Babylon

In conclusion: if you ARE a singer-songwriter, I’m sure you will agree, we have a lot to learn from this man. Folk musicians shouldn’t ONLY be listening to Bob Dylan, as David Gray clearly has something new and different to show us when it comes to writing really good indie folk songs.



2 Responses to “David Gray Lyrics, As Seen By A Singer-Songwriter”

  1. Michele says:

    I am not a songwriter so I wouldn’t even know where to start. I am always amazed with David’s writing style. Mimics a B. Dylan style with a deeper consciousness. It baffled me many do not realize how much of a talent he is.

  2. Indie Folker says:

    He amazes me with every song! 🙂

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