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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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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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