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“Irresistible Force”

Jane's Addiction | 2011

Jane's Addiction admit they prefer to not explain their songs and would rather let the listener figure out the meaning for themselves. But after several erroneous explanations of this song were released in the media, Perry Farrell came clean on the real inspiration for the track. "The song is really a love story, and a theory on creation," he explained. "A sexual explosion caused the creation of our galaxy, and all earthly life. We -- in both his and hers image -- continue this process." "Irresistible Force" was included on The Great Escape Artist, which was the band’s first album in eight years.

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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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