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“Vomit”

Girls | 2011

Christopher Owens delves into romantic dejection and his Christian upbringing with a biblical reference and this brooding song on Father, Son, Holy Ghost, his second album as half of the duo Girls. “It's about an obsessive, unhealthy need for co-dependency,” Owens said. An acoustic guitar and pleading vocals gives way to organs and a gospel choir on the song. The title “Vomit” comes from the Bible, in which King Solomon says, "As a dog returns to his vomit, so does a fool return to his folly." This reminded Owens of a past relationship: “She doesn't want me anymore, but I was like a dog returning to my vomit every time.”

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“Stillness Is the Move”

Dirty Projectors | 2009

A Wim Wenders film and a rapper inspired the Dirty Projectors duo David Longstreth and Amber Coffmanto write "sort of a love song." "We rented the movie Wings of Desire from Dave's brother's recommendation, and he had me go through it and just write down some things that I found interesting, and they made it into the song," Coffman said. As for the hip-hop connection, Longstreth explained, "The beat is based on T-Pain. We commissioned a radio mix of the song by the guy who mixes all of Timbaland's records, but the mix we made sounded way better, so we didn't use it."

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