I listen to a lot of 60s and 70s rock music. People call it "oldies," which I find funny, since it's not old to me. Anyway. I have been in particular a collector of bands that have something to say beyond, "Oooh baby, you're hot, I want to get you in bed."
They don't have to be saying something profound, they just have to be saying it well. For instance, Jethro Tull's "She Said She Was A Dancer" (CREST OF A KNAVE) is not really profound--it's about a rock star trying (and failing) to pick up a Muscovite woman--but there are some great lines in there:
She was the nearest thing to Rock and Roll
That side of the velvet curtain
That separates eastern steel from western gold.
Ian Anderson (front man for Jethro Tull) writes literate lyrics. So did (or do) Rush, Supertramp, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Crosby-Nash-Stills, Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, Tom Waits.
I am particularly interested in songs that express philosophical ideas. Counting Crows' "Round Here" starts out with a particularly good example of what I mean:
Step out the front door like a ghost into the fog where no one
notices the contrast of white on white.
And in between the moon and you the angels get a better view
of the crumbling difference between wrong and right.
That's the kind of thing I'm after.
So, whaddya say? Who's writing stuff like that these days? Thanks for your help.