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“Clouds”

Hole | 1991

Courtney Love said she wrote this raucous take on Joni Mitchell's melancholy "Both Sides Now" as a diss to her mother. "We used to be forced to sing that in the f---ing Volvo in unison," Love told Rolling Stone. "I felt so humiliated by it." Love, who as a five-year-old is pictured on the back of a Grateful Dead album cover, said the hippie ideals that didn't materialize turned the next generation into drug addicts, which is why Hole's take on "Both Sides Now" features references to drug abuse and self-hatred.

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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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