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Song Stories

“Creep”

TLC | 1995

Songwriter and producer Dallas Austin wrote this Number One single off TLC's multimillion-selling album CrazySexyCool from a woman's perspective, then held onto the tape for a while letting the word "creep" seep into his head. His writing from a female point-of-view was something the trio appreciated, according to Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins. "We thought that was a good relationship to talk about because a lot of people don't admit that's how they feel -- that their man's playing on them and they want to be with him so they seek attention elsewhere, but they really want to be with their guy," the TLC singer said.

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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