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Song Stories

“El Camino”

Elizabeth Cook | 2010

Elizabeth Cook penned this quirky tune while spending a lazy afternoon at a local park in her hometown of Nashville, Tennessee. "It was one of those, sort of, 30-minute moments, where it all came out in the order it is on the song," she explained. "[I] realized there were a lot of people out there sort of cruising around, checking each other out and stuff. It really surprised me that that was going on. It was a creepy scene, with a lot of funky cars and stuff." It may have been an uncomfortable moment, but the song is now a fan -- and concert -- favorite.

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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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