Songs with excellent advice?

What are some songs that give excellent live advice or perspective? 


Steely Dan, "Reelin in the years"

Crosby, Stills And Nash, "The Southern Cross"

Little River Band, "Another Runway"

Red Rider, "Avenue A"


I hate 'You Can't Always Get What You Want' because it's a hypocritical, didactic lecture from a group who are collectively worth over $200,000,000.00 and who have always gotten everything they've ever wanted and more. Don't be fooled into thinking that Mick Jagger can offer sage advice to anyone.


Well, I guess you could argue that Mick didn't attend the London School of Economics for nothing.

I recall reading that even in the early days he continued with his studies and it was only once the Stones became huge that he became a full time member.

On the other hand he did get screwed over by Allen Klein and unfortunately so did the Beatles after Lennon took need of Jagger's advice.

Years of litigation were to follow.

At least one third of the music industry is permanently devoted to litigation. So perhaps we should be a little careful of taking anything they might have to say too seriously.

Lennon's 'Imagine' is possibly the finest example of that hypocrisy of which you speak.


It's an easier question to ask; Which songs don't give advise? People try to find meaning in songs where there is NONE. I remember an interview with Paul Simon where he was asked the meaning of "You can call me Al". He shrugged his shoulders after thinking about it and said he didn't have an answer. So many songs were written under the influence of God knows what drug. There's a book I have that a guy wrote explaining the meaning of "American Pie". I asked Don's manager what he thought of it. "Interesting" was his only answer. I can't think of the exact phrase but someone did say "When you completely decipher a song it loses some of its luster" Just a couple of thoughts. Joe