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Song Stories

“Rule Breaker”

Ashlee Simpson | 2008

This song was Ashlee Simpson's sttempt to channel her inner bad girl. She explained that she wanted “to capture that bada-- feeling you get sometimes after watching a movie like True Romance. You think you can take on the world and you want to color outside the lines and get a tattoo or mouth off to someone way bigger than you,” she said. Simpson originally planned to call the album "Rule Breaker" is on Color Outside the Lines after a line in the song before deciding on Bittersweet World instead.

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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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