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Song Stories

“Shady Love”

Scissor Sisters | 2011

Scissor Sisters planned to release "Shady Love" as the debut single from their fourth album Magic Hour, but ended up choosing "Only the Horses" as the lead, instead. The band insisted that "Shady Love," which features uncredited raps from Harlem's Azealia Banks, wasn't necessarily indicative of the feel of the rest of their LP. "It's a song we had fun making, so while it wasn't necessarily true to the direction of the album or what most people might think of as Scissors, we thought it would be good to just get out there in between albums," band member Babydaddy explained. The accompanying music video, featuring school children dancing and lip-syncing to the tune, received plenty of attention itself.

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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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