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Song Stories

“1901”

Phoenix | 2009

Phoenix don't shy away from their French roots on their pop song "1901," the lead single from their hit record Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. "It's about Paris at a time when Paris was really modern," bassist Deck d'Arcy told Rolling Stone. Lead singer Thomas Mars affirmed his love for the City of Light during the turn of the 20th century, stating, "Paris in 1901 was better than what it is now. It's still nice, but 1901 was better. So this is the fantasy about Paris."

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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