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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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“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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