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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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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