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Song Stories

“Young Blood”

The Coasters | 1957

Doc Pomus gave a demo of his song to fellow songwriter Mike Stoller, thinking it might make a good A side for the Coasters. A few months later, Pomus heard "Young Blood" blaring out of a jukebox, though he hardly recognized it: Stoller and writing partner Jerry Leiber had adapted it to better suit the top of the charts. "I guess you must’ve heard it," said Atlantic's Jerry Wexler, answering the call from Pomus. "It's a smash." And at just the right time--Pomus was down to his last dime. The first of many hits, "Young Blood" pointed to Doc Pomus' bright future in the songwriting biz.

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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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