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Song Stories

“Wish You Were Here”

Avril Lavigne | 2011

During a concert in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian rocker told her audience that "Wish You Were Here" was about missing someone. "It's something we all go through in our lives," she added. While many fans assumed this regretful song was about her recent divorce from Sum 41's Deryck Whibley, who produced half of her Goodbye Lullaby album, Lavigne told Rolling Stone the songs on Lullaby were not breakup tunes. "People will make assumptions, but they'd be surprised what certain songs are about," she said. Still, this song's vulnerability marked new territory for the normally feisty pop-punker.

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“Long Walk Home”

Bruce Springsteen | 2007

When the subject of this mournful song returns home, he hardly recognizes his town. Springsteen told Rolling Stone the alienation the man feels is a metaphor for life in a politically altered post-9/11 America. “Who would have ever thought we’d live in a country without habeas corpus?” he said. “That’s Orwellian. That’s what political hysteria is about and how effective it is. I felt it in myself. You get frightened for your family, for your home. And you realize how countries can move way off course, very far from democratic ideals.”

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