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“Moab”

Conor Oberst | 2008

Who hasn’t wanted to hit the road at one point to try and flee our problems? Conor Oberst certainly has, as he proclaims in this look at how a road trip can cure whatever ails you. This track from the Bright Eyes frontman's self-titled solo album is named after a resort town in Utah known for its breathtaking vistas. "So many people swear off their hometown and think they're never going back and they find themselves back there," he said, referring to his lyrics "That's someone going back/To a town they said they'd never/Yeah, they swore it on their lives."

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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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