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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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“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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