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“Andrew in Drag”

The Magnetic Fields | 2012

“[The song’s] about a straight guy who falls madly in love with the drag persona of his straight friend Andrew,” Magnetic Fields auteur Stephin Merritt said about his tune. The gender-ambiguous music video directed by Scott Valins further explored the “drag persona” Merritt sang about. “We took the opportunity to create a vibrant collage, exploring the intimate process of transforming ones gender,” Valins said. “The backbone of the piece is a series of intimate portraits that lead the viewer to their own complex conclusions of what they are attracted to.”

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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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