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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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“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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