Song Stories


Bright Eyes | 2004
While “Lua” is perhaps Bright Eyes’ most popular hit, the song itself is about loneliness, desperation, addiction and the kind of fear and loathing that can take hold when all-night parties leave you with nothing but a long journey home. “The mask I polish in the evening by the morning looks like shit,” sings Conor Oberst in a kind of hushed anguish. After the atmospherics of 2002‘s Lifted, Oberst tells Rolling Stone he wanted to “do something stripped down.” He’s been known to perform the song live as a duet with folk singer Gillian Welch, and the duo recorded an alternate version of it for the compilation Dark Was the Night.
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Mariah Carey | 1995

Serendipity stuck when Mariah Carey rediscovered the glitchy Tom Tom Club hook, a sample of which is the heart of this upbeat slice of dance pop. "I had the melody idea for 'Fantasy' and I was listening to the radio and heard 'Genius of Love,' and I hadn't heard it in a long time," Carey said. "It reminded me of growing up and listening to the radio and that feeling the song gave me seemed to go with the melody and basic idea I had for 'Fantasy.' I initially told [co-writer] Dave Hall about the idea, and we did it. We called up the Tom Tom Club and they were really into it."

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