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“Army of Me”

Bjork | 1995

Bjork imagined she was a polar bear with an "army" of 500 ursine comrades destroying a town. "I identify with polar bears," Bjork said. "They're very cuddly and cute and quite calm, but if they meet you they can be very strong." The song isn't literally about bears -- it's "about people who feel sorry for themselves all the time and don't get their s--- together," she explained. "You come to a point with people like that where you've done everything you can do for them, and the only thing that's going to sort them out is themselves."

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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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