proufound songs from bands that surprised you

Jimmy Buffett has some very interesting and contemplative songs that are great departures from “Cheeseburger in Paradise” or what most people think “Margaritaville” says. He’s written some sweet love songs like “Love in the Library” and fascinating portraits of characters he’s met, like “A Pirate Looks at Forty” and “He Went to Paris”

Well the war took his baby, the bombs killed his lady
And left him with only on eye
His body was battered, his world was shattered
And all he could do was just cry.
While the tears were falling, he was recalling
The answers he never found
So he hopped on a freighter, skidded the ocean
And left England without a sound.

Many songs describe different aspects of humanity, like “Oysters and Pearls” and others are pictures of places.

Here’s a database that lists the titles and lyrics of all his songs.

AC/DC’s Bon Scott’s songs were always about being in a rock’n’roll band, booze, women and all the excess. Of course the song was also about rock, bottles and girls, but he became astoundingly introspective about that lifestyle in Ride On, one of the very few slow (blues) songs by the band. In a way, the song foreshadowed his death a few years later.

The Association, Requiem for the Masses

Black and white was the newsprint he was mentioned in
Black and white were the figures that recorded him
Black and white was the question that so bothered him
He never asked, he was taught not to ask
But was on his lips as they buried him