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“Plush”

Stone Temple Pilots | 1992

With its seemingly random imagery -- a mask that was found, search and rescue dogs on the prowl, inclement weather, etc. -- it's nearly impossible to decipher precisely what "Plush" is about. But during an episode of VH1 Storytellers, Scott Weiland finally spilled the beans. "The lyrics to this song were inspired by a true story," the Stone Temple Pilots frontman recounted. "A girl was kidnapped and then later found tragically murdered back in the early part of the Nineties. So it gave me fuel to write the words to this song. However, this song is not about that, really; it's sort of a metaphor for a lost, obsessive relationship."

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“San Francisco Mabel Joy”

Mickey Newbury | 1969

A country-folk song of epic proportions, "San Francisco Mabel Joy" tells the tale of a poor Georgia farmboy who wound up in prison after a move to the Bay Area found love turning into tragedy. First released by Mickey Newbury in 1969, it might be more familiar through covers by Waylon Jennings, Joan Baez and Kenny Rogers. "It was a five-minute song written in a two-minute world," Newbury said. "I was told it would never be cut by any artist ... I was told you could not use the term 'redneck' in a song and get it recorded."

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