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“Hold On ”

KT Tunstall | 2007

KT Tunstall advises, "Hold on to what you been given lately" on a song she described as "a kind of beats-led, blues influence." "Hold On" and the other tracks on her album Drastic Fantastic caused the Scottish singer-songwriter to question "the treacherous path to paradise." "How much will you risk to find your nirvana and how deep will you dig because the deeper you dig, the darker it gets, and the scarier it is, the more you can fit in the hole," Tunstall said. "It's just that sort of bravery of what you'll do to get what you want."

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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