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“Piss Factory”

Patti Smith | 1974

As a teenager, Patti Smith worked summers at a depressing factory that made baby buggies. While inspecting pipes and reading Rimbaud's A Season in Hell in the factory basement, Smith dreamed of a better future -- "I'm gonna be somebody," as this song later declared. "I was saying that as a young person, I still had desire -- desire to do well," she told Rolling Stone. "Perhaps some of the people in the factory lost all desire. I can understand how that can happen ... What 'Piss Factory' is about is: someone who in the midst of the dead felt alive."

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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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