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Video: In the Studio With The Academy Is...

July 21, 2008 5:48 PM ET

RollingStone.com caught up with the Academy Is... at their New York City recording studio while they were putting the finishing touches on their forthcoming third album Fast Times at Barrington High. Click above for a behind-the-scenes look at the band working on the record and to find out the story behind the new single "About a Girl."

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Song Stories

“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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