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“Grow Old With Me”

John Lennon | 1984

Officially released on the posthumous album Milk and Honey, "Grow Old With Me" was among the last songs recorded by John Lennon before he was murdered. Yoko Ono slept with a cassette of the final take in her handbag, with bells on her door for protection from intrusion. “I didn’t want anyone to take it from me,” she said. Inspired by the poems of Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Robert Browning, with music by Ono, the couple hoped to create a standard to be sung at coupling occasions for years to come. Ono said, “He was saying it to me but also to a whole generation: 'Let’s grow old together.'"

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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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