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“Written in Reverse”

Spoon | 2010

When Spoon's frontman Britt Daniel was penning "Written in Reverse," he had a bad feeling. "The idea behind it was to write a kiss-off letter before I fell in love and got jerked around," he said. "Because I could see in the early stages of a would-be romance that that was exactly what would have happened." The song was the first single off their seventh album, Transference, which is the first to be recorded (in part) at Daniel's Portland, Oregon, home.

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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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