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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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