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“More Than Words”

Extreme | 1990

In the early Nineties, more than a few metal bands picked up acoustic guitars and scored breakthrough hits, including Mr. Big ("To Be With You") and Saigon Kick ("Love is on the Way"). But the first in line was Extreme, with "More Than Words." Having a huge smash with "Words" had a downside, according to Extreme vocalist Gary Cherone. "This song has been a blessing and a curse over the years for Extreme," he said. "The band resented this song for a while because it was the one and sometimes only song people knew from us. We learned to embrace it, though; now it’s a special song to us."

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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