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Song Stories

“Lucky Now”

Ryan Adams | 2011

Ryan Adams originally named the song “Chris,” after Chris Feinstein, the recently deceased bass player in his backing band the Cardinals. Also, in the final version, he replaced the song's initial rawness with a sense of immediacy. “It was too raw,” Adams said. “And I think the idea was that you have to sing this and it has all of this emotional energy in it and you don’t want to write something or put something out that can fuse out. So I really learned this time. It’s almost like if the song has too much personal information, it’s almost kind of like a perishable and you can only leave it out for so long before it’s gonna get weird to you or sour.”

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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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