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“I Wanna Be Your Dog”

The Stooges | 1969

When the Stooges penned "I Wanna Be Your Dog," the group was trying to express the perfect pick-up line -- if you were a Detroit punk. As guitarist Ron Asheton explained, "The title came from you see some girl that you really liked, and what's the crudest but kind of polite thing you could say? 'Well, hey, baby, I wanna be your dog!' All the titles came from real-life slang." Further "Stooges slang" would appear on the 1970 LP Fun House, in the song "Down on the Street" (the phrase "o-mind") and as the title of the tune "TV Eye."

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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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