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Song Stories

“I Don't Care”

Fall Out Boy | 2008

When Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump wrote this song, which has appeared in both the TV show One Tree Hill and in the movie Sex Drive, it tested the bandmates' friendship. “We got in a fight about ‘I Don't Care’ because the day I wrote it, I didn't feel it, I wasn't there,” Stump explained. “He had to talk me into it and take me off the bridge, and that's kind of the thing with the band … Good friends should have good arguments, and we do.”

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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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