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“Lights”

Ellie Goulding | 2010

In the song, Goulding sang about, "And I'm not sleeping now, the dark is too hard to beat," which she attributed to only being able to sleep bathed in lights. "I named it that because I never used to sleep with the lights off," Goulding said. "I still don't, in fact. They make me feel safe and I wanted the album to be something that I could look back on. Your first album is the most important thing, you know, and I just thought it fit my music because it's hopeful and uplifting."

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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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