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Song Stories

“Get Up, Stand Up”

Bob Marley and the Wailers | 1975

Drawing from personal belief and experience, Wailers Bob Marley and Peter Tosh penned "Get Up, Stand Up" as the opening salvo to their 1973 album Burnin'. Both singers would go on to claim it as a righteous theme during their respective solo careers, and decades later, the song still stands as a worldwide anthem against oppression in all forms. "Don't give up the fight," they sang. "That song say man can live," stated Marley, though "Get Up, Stand Up" would be his last song at the last concert he ever performed.

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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