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At Writer’s Relief, we tend to come across a lot of writers who dabble in other forms of artistic expression. This got us thinking—who in the world of popular music has decided to expand their writing to poetry? Spanning across genres, see who has led double lives as songwriters and published poets.
BONUS: Not familiar with some of these artists? Listen to some of their most poetic songs. (The videos will open up on this page.)
John Lennon – Imagine
Tupac – Dear Mama
Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
Patti Smith – Because The Night
Jim Morrison – People Are Strange
Jill Scott – Golden
Bob Dylan – Subterranean Homesick Blues
Joni Mitchell – Help Me
Tom Waits – Watch Her Disappear
Ryan Adams – Oh My Sweet Carolina
Alicia Keys – Fallin’
Billy Corgan – Tonight, Tonight
Jewel – Who Will Save Your Soul?
Michael Stipe – The One I Love
QUESTION: Have you ever dabbled in the world of songwriting? Did you find it to be more challenging than what you normally write?