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“Living After Midnight”

Judas Priest | 1980

Many would consider getting awoken in the middle of the night by loud heavy-metal guitar a nuisance. But for Rob Halford, it served as inspiration for Judas Priest's anthem "Living After Midnight," which the band was recording at Ringo Starr's mansion, previously owned by John Lennon. "The house was full of Lennon, as far as the white room he'd made 'Imagine,' Halford told Rolling Stone. "That's the room where Glenn [Tipton] woke me up, because my bedroom was above that room, and Glenn was clanging out the chords to 'Living After Midnight' at 4 o'clock in the morning. He woke me up, I came downstairs, and said, 'Glenn, it seems like you're living after midnight down here.' And he said, 'That's a great title for this song!'"

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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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