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Song Stories

“Ignition (Remix)”

R. Kelly | 2003

Robert Sylvester Kelly can pack more sexual innuendo into a song than just about anyone. Appearing on the soundtrack to Love Don't Cost a Thing and on his 2003 album Chocolate Factory, he's on the comeback trail here with one of his most popular songs in years. Contrary to the title, this is not a remix, Kelly added "-Remix" to the title to avoid confusion with another song with the same title on Chocolate Factory. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt made huge waves on the Internet when he did a singer-songwriter version of the song while playing acoustic guitar.

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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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