Song Stories

“I'm Alright”

Kenny Loggins | 1980

Through friends in the film industry, Loggins was hired to write a song for the golf comedy "Caddyshack." As the film was being made, director Harold Ramis used a Bob Dylan song as temporary soundtrack music to get a feel for what they wanted. Working off that queue, Loggins figured his song ought to present the movie's lead character, Danny, as a rebel. "So that's why I wrote, "I'm all right, don't nobody worry 'bout me.'" he said. "It's a 'fuck you' song." The rebel song would lead to a string of 80s movie hits for Loggins.

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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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