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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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“You Oughta Know”

Alanis Morissette | 1995

This blunt, bitter breakup song -- famous for its line "Would she go down on you in a theater?" -- was long rumored to be about Alanis Morissette getting dumped by Full House actor Dave Coulier. But while she never confirmed it was about him (Coulier himself says it is, however), she insisted the song wasn't all about scorn. "By no means is this record just a sexual, angry record," she told Rolling Stone. "The song wasn't written for the sake of revenge. It was written for the sake of release. I'm actually a pretty rational, calm person."

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