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Song Stories

“100 Days, 100 Nights”

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings | 2007

On this title song to her third album, Sharon Jones is steadfastly a twenty-first-century woman: To not act the fool, she croons, a woman must know that she can know a man before he knows himself. Referring to herself and her band, retro-soul connoisseurs the Dap-Kings, Jones told Rolling Stone, "We sell all our vinyl before we sell all our CDs." After the Dap-Kings were hired to back Amy Winehouse on her wildly successful Back to Black album and tour, Jones was initially perturbed with people mistakenly thinking she got her sound — and her band — from the British neo-soul diva. "First, I feel kind of angry about it," she said. "Well, if it took Amy to get the Dap-Kings heard, then it's a good thing."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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