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Song Stories

“Me and My Woman”

Roy Harper | 1971

Roy Harper's vocals and transcendent acoustic guitar work carry this 13-minute epic. "Me and My Woman" is full of folk music elements, but there are also weird, unsettling strings and odd vocals floating in the background of this densely layered song about the environment. Talking about this song, Harper said, "What is our destiny? Does it matter? Is it bound up with 'our' planet? In my opinion, yes." This songs and the other three tracks on the album Stormcock feature fellow guitarist Jimmy Page (billed as "S. Flavius Mercurius"), who had earlier paid homage to his friend on "Hats Off to (Roy) Harper," from Led Zeppelin III.

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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