Ray's song writing was definitely a cut above the others. And Dave was one cool MoFu.
I thought the same thing. He has a way of making a rather different sounding refrain come and go seamlessly. The refrain is just so catchy too, while capturing a kind of lyric-as-thought-process quality, as if he were working out his predicament while singing. I might add he's playing one ugly twelve string though.
It's okay, Dave's Guild Starfire makes up for it.