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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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“Vicious”

Lou Reed | 1972

Opening Lou Reed's 1972 solo album, the hard-riffing "Vicious" actually traces its origin back to Reed's days with the Velvet Underground. Picking up bits and pieces of songs from the people and places around him, and filing his notes for later use, Reed said it was Andy Warhol who provided fuel for the song. "He said, 'Why don't you write a song called 'Vicious,'" Reed told Rolling Stone in 1989. "And I said, 'What kind of vicious?' 'Oh, you know, vicious like I hit you with a flower.' And I wrote it down literally."

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