Song Stories

“The Last in Line”

Dio | 1984

On the surface, Dio's 1984 tune, "The Last in Line," fits in well with the swords and sorcery images that accompanied most of his compositions (featuring such familiar-in-the-Dio-universe words as "fire," "magic," "evil," etc.). But according to Dio's long-time friend, Eddie Trunk, in the book Eddie Trunk's Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, the song's inspiration came from an unlikely source. "Ronnie was a huge sports fan and often wrote some of his most loved songs while watching sports on TV. He told me it was a way for him to find inspiration. Songs like 'The Last in Line' and 'We Rock' were composed while he was watching his beloved New York Yankees or New York Giants on TV." The song was recorded at the Caribou Ranch in Colorado, which would cease operation in 1985, after a fire.

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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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