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“Me and My Arrow”

Harry Nilsson | 1971

While recording Nilsson Sings Newman, Harry Nilsson began working on an album-length children's fable--The Point!--including his own songs and narration, which would later become an animated film and a musical. "I was on acid and I looked at the trees and I realized that they all came to points," he said. "I thought, 'Oh! Everything has a point, and if it doesn't, then there's a point to it.'" In his fable, a boy named Obio is the only round-headed human in a pointy-headed world. Harassed by other kids, Nilsson narrates, "The only real friend he had was his dog, Arrow."

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“Promiscuous”

Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

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