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“Devil Inside”

INXS | 1988

With his alluring vocals, Michael Hutchence sang about a certain horned imp but he wasn't trying to proselytize. "It's incredible how people are raised about and become pious individuals and everybody looks up to them and they have complete faith," he told Rolling Stone. "It's wonderful to have faith, but I don't think the pope is any better than anyone else." Hutchence didn't think Jimmy Swaggart was any better either as he dedicated 'Devil' to the infamous sinner. "By addressing the devil – and I don't believe in the devil, it's a metaphor – and not trying to achieve the angel, we're a lot better off."

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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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