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Song Stories

“I Don't Want to Wait”

Paula Cole | 1998

A former cheerleader, prom queen and backup singer for Peter Gabriel, Cole had a lot to be happy about in the late Nineties. But this living-for-the-moment song was inspired by a sobering time in her life — a final visit with her grandfather in Massachusetts. "I went home to Rockport that summer ... about a week after I arrived, he died," she said. "So that song has his spirit in it." Though Cole has said she really isn't a fan of television, this song was a guaranteed hit once it was chosen as the theme for Dawson's Creek.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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