Song Stories

“Boyz-N-the Hood”

Eazy-E | 1987

"When this came out, it felt like there was a new sheriff in town," recalls Ice Cube. Written by Cube and E, "Boyz" was rejected by Ruthless Records signee HBO, so the songwriters formed their own group to record it with Dr. Dre and Yella producing. It first came out on N.W.A. and the Posse, but would later appear on E's double platinum solo vehicle Eazy-Duz-It as one of the more serious raps on an album that was relatively cartoon-ish in caparison to Straight Outta Compton. It's also the inspiration of John Singleton's 1991 film of the same name.

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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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