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“Hey Bulldog”

The Beatles | 1969
While John Lennon claims that “Hey Bulldog” is nothing more than a “good-sounding record that means nothing,” the track is beloved for its appearance in the Beatles’ animated film, Yellow Submarine – although it didn’t actually make the cut in the American version until the 1999 re-release. Nonetheless, it was written specifically for the soundtrack and recorded while the band was filming the “Lady Madonna” video. “Paul said we should do a real song in the studio,” says Lennon. “I had a few words at home, so I brought them in.”
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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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