"I don't express myself particularly well when I talk, but when I write, words, melodies flow, their pathway is from brain to pen."

Over the years, he wrote more than 1,200 songs, dealing with everything from street violence and the deaf to ecology and homosexuality (and love, bien sûr).

It's almost impossible to write a precise guide to such an extensive catalogue - but here are just six of his most memorable songs.

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