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Song Stories

“Fearless Love”

Melissa Etheridge | 2010

Melissa Etheridge held nothing back when she released this song, which was also the title track of her 2010 album. "It was the first time I kissed a girl," she recalled of her inspiration for writing the song. "I try to put my own experiences in my songs, of course, and yet have them remain universal." Etheridge added that she hoped the tune inspired her fans to make a love choice instead of a choice based on fear.

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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