I think it's fair to discuss individual songs and what we like or don't like about them. We don't have to agree.
For my part, I'd agree with Laz on "Dear Friend." I can't listen to that song. It goes NOWHERE. Nice beginning...then...what?
As for "I'm Carrying," however, I'm of a different mind. There are times I've listened to it and thought, 'hmm, there is no chorus, the lyrics are repetitive..." but then, there are other times where I think it's nearly a perfect little love song. Intentionally simple, sweet, and to the point.
Also, not ALL his songs-- come on, the guy has written kazillions of them-- have to be immaculate model compositions written in some form of Tin Pan Alley/George Gershwin/Steven Sondheim-type of songwriting class perfection.
This type of over-analysis was done on the early Beatles. And, of course, most "serious" critics dismissed them as a fad, as incompetent, out of tune, banal, lousy-voiced frauds, who couldn't properly play their instruments. Sort of like Paul's own father, who didn't understand why they sang "yeah, yeah, yeah" and wanted them to correct it to "yes, yes, yes."
We all know what history has taught us there.
in years to come/they may discover/what the air we breathe and the life we lead are all about/but it won't be soon enough for me