I disagree, at least with his earlier stuff. He was writing about life and a lot of people could relate to his stuff. And there's not a thing wrong with linear writing. If you reach people with your words, then you've done your job. It doesn't have to be way out there to be good. He's written some very moving songs over the years, linear or not. And a lot of fun songs, too.
Silly monkeys give them thumbs
they make a club and beat their brother down.
How they survive so misguided is a mystery.