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“All My Life”

Evan Dando | 2003

Evan Dando's rock star lifestyle includes drugs, models, mistakes and more drugs. In this deeply personal song, off his acoustic solo record Baby I'm Bored, the former Lemonheads frontman puts his misdeeds into perspective with a tinge of regret. But Dando didn't write the song. The Australian singer-songwriter Ben Lee wrote it for him. "He got it way better than I could have, ever, because he obviously has a clearer perspective on what I am," Dando said. "Ben knows me so well that he wrote my song, especially about my mid-life-crisis years. And he got it great."

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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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