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Song Stories

“Stay (I Missed You)”

Lisa Loeb and Nine Stories | 1994

While living across the street from Ethan Hawke, Lisa Loeb became friends with the actor, who frequently attended Loeb's shows. During filming for Reality Bites, Hawke thought this cute-sounding song — written while Loeb was going through a breakup — would make a nice addition to the soundtrack. The film didn't fare so well, but the single became a surprise chartbuster for Loeb, who didn't even have a record deal at the time. "It was a shock," Loeb said. "I mean, it's always a dream come true to have success, to not worry about having a job and just be a musician."

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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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