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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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“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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