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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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“Money For Nothing”

Dire Straits | 1984

Mark Knopfler wrote this song with Sting, and it wasn’t without controversy. The Dire Straits frontman's original lyric used the word “faggot” to describe a singer who got their “money for nothing and their chicks for free.” Even though the slur was edited out in many versions, the band, and Knopfler, still took plenty of criticism for the term. “I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London--he actually said it was below the belt,” Knopfler told Rolling Stone. Still, "Money For Nothing," undoubtedly augmented by its innovative early computer-animated video, stayed at Number One for three weeks.

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