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“Emerald”

Thin Lizzy | 1976

Phil Lynott's storytelling lyrics are mainly what Thin Lizzy are primarily known for. But another major stylistic component was their twin guitar harmonies heard in such tunes as "Emerald." The song features both guitar harmonies and an extended guitar solo trade-off between Scott Gorham and Brian Robertson. Lynott explained that the lyrics did not refer to a specific time of Irish history, however. "No, I was just thinking of a generalization. That's why I said, 'Down from the glen came the marchin' men with their shields and their swords.' It was just to show that violence has been going on for years. You could almost relate it any period of time."

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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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