Song Stories

“Forever Young”

Bob Dylan | 1974
Dylan cut two versions of this blessing to a child of traits, actions, goals and hopes to take into adulthood. A ballad closes side one of his album Planet Waves and a country rocker, entitled ”Forever Young (Continued),” recorded with The Band, kicks off side two. Dylan, a father of four by 1974, and has said he wrote it for his son Jesse. The Pretenders; Chrissie Hynde, who covered the song in 1994, said, "It's got such a beautiful lyric…The song is genius." In 2009, will.i.am remixed it for a Pepsi ad. Illustrator Paul Rodgers also published a kid's book based on the lyrics.
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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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