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Song Stories

“Love the Way You Lie”

Eminem | 2010
Eminem included pop star Rihanna on this track, which was written as a response to an abusive relationship. "They reached out to us directly and they just said, 'We have this song and we just think Rihanna would be perfect to sing it,' " Rihanna shared. "And, of course, I was like, 'OK, if I love it, I'll definitely do it, because I love Eminem.' And I love the song.” The song became an international hit, topping charts all over the world.
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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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