Best Lyrics of the Year (an unbooky post)

CBC music logoThis isn’t strictly bookish, but it’s fun and involves two of my favourite things: music and CBC.

The CBC Music folks asked me and several other writer/editor types to pick their favourite lyrics of 2012 (any genre of music) and talk about why they are great.

I opted for “The Machine in Your Hand” by The Magnetic Fields and “Think That You Might Be Wrong” by Great Lake Swimmers, two songs that have great lyrics in very different ways. The other commentators chose a huge range of artists — check out the posting (linked above) and see whether you agree with our selections!

My bonus selection for best single line is another Magnetic Fields selection, from “The Horrible Party”: My dear, it was heaven until they ran out of champagne. Which pretty much works for every situation.

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