Song Stories

“Love Is All Around”

The Troggs | 1967

Since they were famed for the punky raunch of "Wild Thing," it was a shock when the Troggs plugged into the peace-and-love sentiments of the hippy era on "Love Is All Around," complete with string quartet. About a quarter of a century later, it topped the UK charts for Wet Wet Wet, bolstered by its use on the soundtrack of Four Weddings and a Funeral. "It's not really psychedelic, or a hippy love song," admitted singer Reg Presley in NME. "I wrote one along those lines, all about 'purple flamingoes dancing on a cellophane moon.' But it wasn't us really."

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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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