Song Stories

“Baby, Baby”

Amy Grant | 1991

Even when she was selling millions of albums in the Christian music genre, Grant had her sights on the mainstream charts. "I realize I'm potentially confronting a whole new audience," she told Rolling Stone. The worldwide success of "Baby, Baby," the first single from her first secular album, proved she could make the transition. Although the song — written about her 2-year-old daughter, Millie — helped Grant make the crossover, she insisted she didn't forget her spiritual side. "It wasn't a case of my falling off the deep end or losing my faith; I just wanted to try new things."

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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