Song Stories

“Jesus, Etc.”

Wilco | 2002

With lyrics like "Tall buildings shake/Voices escape/Singing sad, sad songs," it was easy to draw a connection between "Jesus, Etc." and the tragic events of 9/11. But it was recorded before that fateful day, making it a freaky coincidence. "There were a lot of eerie echoes of 9/11 that I heard on Yankee Hotel Foxtrot," says Jeff Tweedy. "Maybe because some of the focus on that record was being introspective about America." The "Etc." in the title was allegedly added when a band member was trying to write the working title, "Jesus Don't Cry," in shorthand.

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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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