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Song Stories

“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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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