As some of you may know, I'm working on writing better lyrics. One of the things psyching me out is that I compare the stuff I write with people who are disgustingly good. The thing to remember is that the majority of lyric writer are not geniuses (genii?), but they write all the time and they come up with adequate words for their songs. Some practice so much they become extremely good, which means that it's a skill that can be learned. My new role model in the lyric dept. is Tony Asher, probably the most famous adequate lyricist in history. For those who don't know, he wrote the lyrics to the Beach Boys' Pet Sounds album. Here's a sample of his work: Yes, it's a great song (McCartney's favorive, apparently), but the lyrics aren't extremely deep and poetic. With all due respect, they're just adequate and serviceable, and that's what I'll be aiming toward. Forget Dylan. Feel free to post other adequate but not great lyrics. Don't forget the posting guidelines.