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“Bad to the Bone”

George Thorogood | 1982

Although George Thorogood was noted for his takes on old blues tunes, he penned this one himself (though obviously influenced by songs like Bo Diddley's "I'm a Man" and the Muddy Waters tune "Mannish Boy.") In movies, this guitar-heavy song about a heart-breaking alpha male is often played in scenes where someone is preparing to kick butt. But Thorogood insisted the song's character was pure fiction. "Let's face it: Nobody's bad to the bone, except for maybe Errol Flynn, James Bond -- fantasy people that Hollywood created -- and that's what that thing is all about," he said.

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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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