Favorite Lyricists?

I enjoy music, even more so good music with clever, enlightening or insightful lyrics. I think that is hard to accomplish. I admire all the more performers who write their own songs. I’ll over look lack of technical abilities or singing skills when I think the performer has something worthwhile to say.

My favorite C&W - Folk singer-song writers would include Guy Clark, Hoyt Axton, Kris Kristofferson, Leo Kottke, Richie Havens, Rosanne Cash, Stephen Foster and Townes Van Zandt.

On the Rock-Pop side my list would include Anita Baker, Jackson Browne, James Taylor, Joe Cocker, John Hiatt, John Prine, Laura Nyro, Melissa Manchester, Norah Jones, Phoebe Snow, Randy Newman, Ray Charles and Van Morrison.

On the Gospel side I would rank Twila Paris above all other contemporary hymn writers. When Twila Paris writes it is as if Moses speaks.  It is Inspired, with the capital "I".

Who did I neglect to mention? Is there such a thing as a great Jazz or Blues lyricist? Let me look; All of my top tier jazz lyricists are long gone. Cole Porter, Billie Holiday, Burt Bacharach, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Hoagy Carmichael, Richard Rogers, Jerome Kern. All the finest, those who wrote the Great American Songbook are gone forever.

 I will check out Oscar Brown Jr. - Thank you.
Well we just lost one of the best with the passing of John Prine.  - AMEN.
Joni Mitchell, yes plus Carol King and Carly Simon.
I'll need to learn more about Sarah Jarosz, Dan Fogelberg, Bill Quateman.  - Thank you.
Leonard Cohen,  Paul Simon, Lennon,  McCartney, Sam Cooke, Nilsson, Robert Johnson, Willie Dixon, Woody Guthrie 
"Vicious / You hit me with a flower / You do it every hour / Oh, baby you’re so vicious."

I like Lou Reed, but Cole Porter is probably my favorite (aside from George Gobel of course).

Dylan, Bowie, Joni, Lou Reed, and any of the Thirties, Forties, Fifties Tin Pan Alley crowd.  And oh yeah, the anonymous writers that contributed to Des Knaben Wunderhorn.
Just a note: Hal David collaborated with Bacharach and was responsible for all lyrics, Burt the music. I always enjoys them!
Frankly, my choice at the moment is the late David Berman of Silver Jews & Purple Mountains.
Although some are duplicates I think these have a way of making you listen, Justin Hayward, Bruce Cockburn, Jackson Brown, John Hiatt, Paul Simon, Hoyt Axton, and a a lot more that I can’t think of right now.
Have to give Gerry Rafferty a shoutout. IMO equal to all the obvious great singer/songwriters.