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“You Know You're Right”

Nirvana | 2002

It's been well documented that the last few months of Kurt Cobain's life were turbulent, due to a variety of reasons - drug addiction, unhappiness with his band, marital troubles, etc. But he still managed to record one last song with Nirvana on January 30, 1994 (a little more than two months before his suicide) - "You Know You're Right." As studio owner Robert Lang recalled in Rolling Stone, "He was fixing some of the lyrics at the last minute, and he still didn't have a title." After two run throughs, Nirvana recorded their last-ever tune. "Kurt had the riff, and he brought it in and we put it down," added bassist Krist Novoselic. "We Nirvana-ized it."

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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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