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“Do You Want To”

Franz Ferdinand | 2005

Alex Kapranos lifted the song from an actual conversation he had an art gallery party in Glasgow, Scotland, in December 2004. "When you're at parties, you have conversations -- well, you don't really have conversations, you have people shouting in your ear," the Franz Ferdinand lead singer said. "And when I got home, I was a wee bit drunk and I wrote down some of the funniest things [I heard]. The song came out of that." The lyric about a particular lewd act that involved a "famous friend" was also based on a conversation he had with a partygoer that night.

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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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