Song Stories

“Wicked Game”

Chris Isaak | 1989

When he invited a certain woman to his place, Isaak told Rolling Stone, he regretted the decision before he hung up the phone. "It was one of those things where they call,' they say, 'I'm comin' over.' You know you shouldn't, but you let 'em." Before the woman arrived, he wrote this sexy song about not wanting to fall for her. (Once she arrived, "we didn't do much guitar playing," he added.) An Atlanta DJ who'd heard an instrumental version in the movie "Wild at Heart" began playing the original on air, the first step in the song's top ten journey.

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“Bird on a Wire”

Leonard Cohen | 1969

While living on the Greek island of Hydra, Cohen was battling a lingering depression when his girlfriend handed him a guitar and suggested he play something. After spotting a bird on a telephone wire, Cohen wrote this prayer-like song of guilt. First recorded by Judy Collins, it would be performed numerous times by artists incuding Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker and Rita Coolidge. "I'm always knocked out when I hear my songs covered or used in some situation," Cohen told Rolling Stone. "I've never gotten over the fact that people out there like my music."

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