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“Ridin'”

Chamillionaire | 2005

Chamillionaire's tour bus — featuring a large picture of his face on the side — was driving through Oklahoma when police pulled the driver over, then searched the bus using narcotics dogs. "They tore the bus apart," said Chamillionaire, noting that they found nothing. Although no arrests were made, he was still angered by the stop, so he wrote this song about police trying to catch him "ridin' dirty." "Somebody had to speak on it," he said. "There are cops who be racially profiling." Chamillionaire says he was honored by "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody version, "White and Nerdy."

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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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