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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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“Road to Nowhere”

Talking Heads | 1985

A cappella harmonies give way to an a fuller arrangement blending pop and electro-disco on "Road to Nowhere," but the theme remains constant: We're on an eternal journey to an undefined destination. The song vaulted back into the news a quarter century after it was a hit when Gov. Charlie Crist used it in his unsuccessful 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate in Florida. "It's this little ditty about how there's no order and no plan and no scheme to life and death and it doesn't mean anything, but it's all right," Byrne said with a chuckle.

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