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“Tired of Being Alone”

Al Green | 1971

Green recorded mostly cover songs before he wrote this sexy soul ballad. "I wanted to find something that was soft, that was comfortable…but soulful," he told Rolling Stone. While producer Willie Mitchell wanted more covers, some were saying Green--who had a hit with a cover titled "Back Up Train" three years earlier--was a one-hit wonder. "Finally, I sat down and wrote to myself. I wrote 'Tired of Being Alone,' and that's what got us going."

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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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