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“Nick of Time”

Bonnie Raitt | 1989

The title song of Bonnie Raitt's huge hit 1989 album sympathetically details the pain many women feel of running out of time for both having children and finding love. Though it wasn't a huge hit single, the track won a Grammy award for Raitt as the best female vocal pop performance of the year. When it was cited in a Rolling Stone interview as a song that made a big impact and asked why she didn't write more, Raitt responded, "It's a combination of a lack of confidence, lack of trying and having really high standards."

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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