9. Three Dog Night, 'Out in the Country'
Equal parts pastoral nature ode and twitching misanthrope's anthem, "Out in the Country" was written by Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams and popularized in the Seventies by this cadre of L.A. hippies. Jangling, idealistic Americana is a curious base for the lyrics, which justifies spontaneous country treks with abject paranoia: "I feel them closing in on me" and "I find a quiet place, far from the human race." Who wants to go camping with these dudes?
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