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“Hot Burrito #1 / Hot Burrito #2”

The Flying Burrito Brothers | 1969

These companion pieces from The Gilded Palace of Sin were penned by Gram Parsons and Burritos bass player Chris Ethridge during a single writing session. According to band cofounder Chris Hillman, "#1" was inspired by Parsons' breakup with Nancy Parsons, nee Ross, who took his name though they never officially married. "I only heard two great vocals out of that guy: 'Hot Burrito #1' and 'Hot Burrito #2,'" Hillman said of his Byrds/Burritos partner. "The rest of it was good, and there was a lot of soul; he was a very emotional singer. But those two vocals were tearjerkers -- they give you chills."

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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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