Song Stories

“Make My”

The Roots | 2011

“Make My” was the first single on the Roots' Undun album, which was centered around the story of a fictitious man named Redford Stephens who died at the age of 25. “The very first song is this person at the end of his life at the moment he pretty much gets murdered,” Questlove explained. “So when we were listening to the song, I said, ‘Well, I don't get the feeling that his spirit is leaving his body. I want to know that he is really dying.’” Hip-hop artists Big K.R.I.T. and Dice Raw collaborated on this tune.

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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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