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“Walking on a Thin Line”

Huey Lewis and the News | 1984

One of first mainstream songs to address the trauma vets faced returning from war, it began when songwriter Andre Pessis paid a young Huey Lewis $20 to record a demo of this song for a documentary about the Vietnam War. The song never appeared in the movie, but Lewis did include it on his album Sports a few years later. "This song is about the Vietnam War," Lewis told one crowd. "Although none of us went, we had a lot of friends that did. A lot of people died over there, and a lot of people got real screwed up."

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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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