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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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“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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