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Hear Music Nominated At The 2013 Oscars

Nora Jones performs in Paris, France.
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February 22, 2013 12:30 PM ET

From Best Original Song nominee "Everybody Needs A Best Friend" from Ted, to music from Best Original Score nominee Argo, listen to some of the music nominated for Academy Awards on Sunday night.

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Song Stories

“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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