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Song Stories

“Let It Go”

Keyshia Cole | 2007

Co-written and produced by Missy Elliott, "Let It Go" was originally intended for the singer Fantasia, not Keyshia. But when Fantasia had to bump the song off her project, Keyshia was quick to snatch it up. "I tried to hurry up past it cause I felt Keyshia wouldn't want it," Elliott explained. "I really didn't know what kind of direction she wanted to go in. But as soon as the chords came on she was like, 'Wait-wait-wait stop! Stop!'" Elliott also raps on the track, along with Lil' Kim.

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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