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“Your Cheatin' Heart”

Hank Williams | 1953

Legend has it that this song came to Hank Williams when he was thinking about his first wife while driving around with his second; Wife No. 2 wrote down the lyrics for him in the passenger seat. After polishing it with co-writer Fred Rose, Williams recorded “Your Cheatin' Heart” during the last sessions he ever did, on September 23rd, 1952. He told a friend, “It's the best heart song I ever wrote.” He never got to hear it become one of the greatest country standards of all time, having died in the backseat of his car on New Year’s Day 1953 at age 29, weeks before its release.

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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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