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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“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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