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“The Wanderer”

Dion | 1961

Dion DiMucci, known professionally only by his first name, was given this song after Nino and the Ebbtides passed on it. But according to Dion, the tune, which is about a nomadic man who tattooed the names of his girlfriends on his arms, was a perfect fit for him. "You say to a chick, 'Stay away from that guy,'" he told Rolling Stone, "And she would say, 'What guy?' Chicks love a rebel."

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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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