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Song Stories

“White Liar”

Miranda Lambert | 2009

Miranda Lambert wrote this song with her good friend, and frequent collaborator, Natalie Hemby. “Natalie had the title, 'White Liar,' and we thought it was great,” Lambert explained. “I started playing a little bit of a tune to it on the guitar, and we just started writing. It happened really fast. We wrote it in about 20 minutes. Cheating in a small town is what this song is all about.” The accompanying video featured country artist Jamey Johnson as a minister at a wedding, with her parents and band members playing the role of ceremony guests.

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“Wake Up Everybody”

John Legend and the Roots | 2010

A Number One record by Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1976 (a McFadden- and Whitehead-penned classic sung by Teddy Pendergrass) inspired the title and lead single from Wake Up!, John Legend's tribute album to message music. The more familiar strains of "Wake Up Everybody" also fit his agenda. "It basically sums up, in a very concise way, all the things we were thinking about when we were putting this record together in that it's about justice, doing the right thing and coming together to make the world a better place," he said. Vocalists Common and Melanie Fiona assist Legend on this mission to connect.

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