American lyricists

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    GG Allin

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  6. David Pomeranz
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    David Pomeranz

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  7. Laura Nyro
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    Laura Nyro

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    Ben Folds

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    David Lynch

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  12. Tom Lehrer
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    Tom Lehrer

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  14. Bernie Taupin
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    Bernie Taupin

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  15. Benjamin Burnley
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    Benjamin Burnley

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  16. Gerry Goffin
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    Gerry Goffin

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    Mindy Smith

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  18. Max Bemis
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    Max Bemis

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  19. Richard Quine
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    Richard Quine

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  20. Richard Ney
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    Richard Ney

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  21. Oscar Hammerstein II
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    Oscar Hammerstein II

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  22. Sylvia Fine
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    Sylvia Fine

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  23. Art Alexakis
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    Art Alexakis

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    Jordan Pundik

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  25. David Debin
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    David Debin

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