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“Fu-Gee-La”

Fugees | 1995

Although the other songs from The Score were produced by the Fugees and recorded in their home studio, this pre-release single was produced by Salaam Remi, who also came up with the song’s beat. At first Lauryn Hill wasn’t feeling it because she thought it sounded like Remi’s remix of the group’s "Vocab." Then, during a session for the soundtrack for the movie Clockers, Wyclef Jean had an epiphany. According to the producer, "He just jumped up at one point and shouted, 'We used to be Number 10, now we’re Permanent One!' That was the first line of the song."

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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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