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Song Stories

“Window Seat”

Erykah Badu | 2010

Erykah Badu recorded this song about escapism and a longing for a lover’s attention in the shower. “I wanted it to sound like I was in a tunnel,” she told Rolling Stone. Two weeks after that interview‘s publication, her gentle soul tune became controversial when Badu filmed the “guerrilla-style” video, featuring her stripping before a surprised crowd as she walked through Dallas’ Dealey Plaza — the site of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. “I tied it in a way that compared that assassination to the character assassination one would go through after showing his or herself completely,” she said.

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“Madame George”

Van Morrison | 1968

One of the first stream-of-consciousness epics to make it onto a Van Morrison record, his drawn-out farewell to the eccentric "Madame George" lasted nearly 10 minutes, combining ingredients from folk, jazz and classical music. The character that gave the song its title provoked speculation that it was about a drag queen, though Morrison denied this in Rolling Stone. "If you see it as a male or a female or whatever, it's your trip," he remarked. "I see it as a ... a Swiss cheese sandwich. Something like that."

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