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“Slide”

Goo Goo Dolls | 1998

Despite its pop appeal, the hit song encompassed heavy narratives on teen pregnancy. "Everybody's like, it's such a happy song," frontman Johnny Reznik said. "If you really sit and listen to the lyrics, the song's actually about these two teenage kids and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and it's this sort of Catholic teenage thing, and they're trying to decide should she get an abortion? Should they get married? And I don't think a lot of people got that." The heroine's named "May," but Reznik assured she wasn't real. "It's like the old TV show 'Dragnet' -- you change names to protect the innocent."

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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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