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Song Stories

“Edge of Glory”

Lady Gaga | 2009

Lady Gaga included this song on her multiplatinum-selling album Born This Way, and she knew, even as she was writing it (while doing tequila shots with her father after the death of her grandfather), that she wanted a Bruce Springsteen feel to the track. So when she hit the studio, she called upon Clarence Clemons, who was eager to show off his skills. "I almost got a ticket I drove so fast," the longtime E Street Band sax man recalled to Rolling Stone about getting the call from Lady Gaga. "It was wild. I was so excited. I'm a Gaga-ite."

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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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