You suggested I listen to Dylan or Cohen,
To understand techniques of writing lyrics;
I listened to those masters of music and feel sure
I can write as good, write better and more.
Have they inspired me with their words?
No more than my own to me, you can be sure.
Do they make me weep or emotions mix
As rolling waves on a sandy beach?
What am I missing from this fix?
Yet I must, in all honesty say;
Does’t Have to Be This Way,
Came about, having listened to Bob Dylan.