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Song Stories

“I'm Amazed”

My Morning Jacket | 2008

"I've gotten tired of rock & roll sounds," Jim James told Rolling Stone, about making My Morning Jacket's eclectic fifth album, Evil Urges. "But I like that there's a song like 'I'm Amazed' where anybody who's seen us live over the years can get into." Released at a time when America was fighting two wars in the Middle East and facing a recession, the song captures in its lyrics the nation's politically divided climate. Among the things that amaze MMJ: a divided nation, a wrong devotion, the things TV stations want us to believe and all that has been.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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