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Song Stories

“Acid Tongue”

Jenny Lewis | 2008

Jenny Lewis dropped LSD just once, and she doesn’t plan on doing it again. But the former Rilo Kiley frontwoman devoted this song to her one odd and scary trip. "I found the psychedelic experience to be totally terrifying,” she said. "I don't need psychedelics. I've lived a good and strange life.” Recorded live with her acoustic guitar and an all-male chorus, "Acid Tongue" is a stripped-down country tune with the warmth of a gospel choir -- a fitting complement to Lewis’ sultry voice.

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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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