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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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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