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Song Stories

“Stand”

Lenny Kravitz | 2011

This song's encouraging lyrics -- "Don't give up ... /You'll get on your feet again" -- apply to anyone facing adversity. However, Kravitz said, it was actually written for a specific person: a friend who had been paralyzed in an accident. "I wasn't in the country at the time with the person, and I wanted to give the person some positive words and something to just continue to listen to to help motivate them," Kravitz said. "And now, happily, a year and something later, that person is on their feet again, which is a blessing."

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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