Song Stories

“B.O.B. ”

Outkast | 2000

"The U.S. was trying to beat around the bush," Andre 3000 told Rolling Stone of the inspiration behind's the song's hook. "We was trying to scare them by bombing the outskirts … If you're going to do anything at all, do it. If you gonna push it, push it." As chanted in the bridge, "B.O.B." brought about an "electric revival" in hip-hop, and the song would bolster a "Stankadelic" movement – subsequently increasing the duo's following.

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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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