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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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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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