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“Candy-O”

The Cars | 1979

Judging by its lyrics, the title track of the Cars' second album, Candy-O, appears to be about a man smitten by a woman (as evidenced by the song's repeated line, "Candy-O, I need you so"). But the Boston-based group put forth a different theory as to meaning behind the New Wave pop song's title. When asked if the "O" in "Candy-O" stood for "Ocasek" or "Orr" — the surnames of the Cars' two singers, Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr — Ocasek replied, "The 'O' stands for 'obnoxious.'"

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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