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“Curl of the Burl”

Mastodon | 2011

Although they hail from the Southeast, Mastodon looked to the Northwest for inspiration for "Curl of the Burl." As the group's singer/bassist, Troy Sanders, explained on the group's website, a "burl" is a knot found in trees that have unique curls in them, which are then cut down and sold to wood-makers. "This is a true story which happens in the Pacific Northwest - a lot of people go out in the woods with chainsaws, they find these burls, they cut them down, they load their pickup trucks with these burls, take them in to town to sell them to various wood-makers, take the money from that, purchase more meth, go back in the woods and continue that circle of insanity."

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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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