I've always liked Gilbert O'Sullivan with "Nothing Rhymed" & "Alone again Naturally" being 2 of my favourite tracks. But its the lyrics that get me. For example...
"When I'm drinking my Bonaparte Shandy
Eating more than enough apple pies
Will I glance at my screen and see real human beings starve to death
Right in front of my eyes" .... Nothing Rhymed
Released in 1970, this verse more than likely refers to the famine in Biafra which was the first exposure for many people in the west to a humanitarian crisis in Africa. They have always stuck in my mind
and this always brings a lump to my throat.....
"Now looking back over the years
And whatever else that appears
I remember I cried when my father died
Never wishing to hide the tears
And at sixty-five years old
My mother, God rest her soul,
Couldn’t understand why the only man
She had ever loved had been taken
Leaving her to start with a heart so badly broken
Despite encouragement from me
No words were ever spoken
And when she passed away
I cried and cried all day
Alone again, naturally
Alone again, naturally"
Gilbert O'Sullivan, greatly underappreciated