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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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“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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