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Trouble Sleep Yanga Wake Am

The message of this song is - "Don�t kick people when they are down, nor bother them at inappropriate times: There is a limit to patience." http://bit.ly/fifej0

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death or glory

The track features Strummer looking back at his life, acknowledging the complications and responsibilities of adulthood. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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the guns of brixton

This tracks lyrics discuss an individual's paranoid outlook on life. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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working and waiting

The tracks lyrics comment on people who forsake the idealism of youth and urge young people to fight the status quo. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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Spanish Bombs

This track is about the spanish civil war. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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Rudie Can't Fail

The lyrics chronicle the life of a fun-loving young man who is criticised for his inability to act like a responsible adult. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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London Calling

The lyrics discuss the problems of rising unemployment, racial conflict and drug use in Britain. http://bit.ly/ijmcR0

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Bankrobber

The song haphazardly chronicles the life of the narrator's father, the bankrobber of the song's title (who "never hurt nobody"), concentrating on the theme of the drudgery of many working class jobs. http://bit.ly/eU8tUf

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protex blue

This track is about a 1970s brand of condom. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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Career Opportunities

This track attacks the political and economic situation in England at the time, citing the lack of jobs available, and the dreariness and lack of appeal of those that were available. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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White Riot

This song is about class economics and race. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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I'm So Bored With The U.S.A

This track condemns the Americanization of the UK. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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Remote Control

This track was written by Mick Jones after the Anarchy Tour and contains pointed observations about the civic hall bureaucrats who had cancelled concerts, the police, big business and especially record companies. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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Janie Jones

The subject of this track was a famous madam in London in the 1970s. http://bit.ly/hSmHH9

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Australia

The sentiment of the song is that Australia is just about the furthest one can go to get away from their home in Wales and is a metaphor for Nicky Wire's desire to escape from the emotional turmoil caused by the disappearance of Richey James Edwards. http://bit.ly/eUICG2

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A Design For Life

The song explores themes of class conflict and working class identity and solidarity, inspired by the band's strong socialist convictions. http://bit.ly/erA07v

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A Design For Life

The opening line 'Libraries gave us power' was inspired by the legend above the entrance to the former Pillgwenlly Library in Newport, near the band's home town of Blackwood in Wales. http://bit.ly/erA07v

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La Tristesse Durera (Scream To A Si..

This track is about a war veteran. http://bit.ly/f5pYZx

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Little Baby Nothing

This song is about the sexual exploitation of women. http://bit.ly/f5wvzK

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Motorcycle Emptiness

This tracks lyrics are inspired by S.E. Hinton's book Rumble Fish, about biker gang culture. The lyrics have been interpreted as an attack on the hollowness of the consumer lifestyle offered by capitalism, describing how society expects young people to conform. http://bit.ly/exZ3el

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She Bathed Herself In A Bath Of Ble..

This tracks refers to Edwards' time in a couple of hospitals in 1994. James Dean Bradfield said to the NME: "There're some people he met when he was in one of the two places having treatment and I think he just digested other people's stories and experiences". http://bit.ly/dWyJQq

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The Riddle

Nik confirmed that the lyrics to this song had no hidden meaning. They where "nonsense, rubbish, bollocks, the confused ramblings of an 80s popstar". http://bit.ly/h75Hui

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I Won't Let The Sun Go Down On Me

The song was written during the latter part of the Cold War period when nuclear war between the two superpowers of the USSR and USA was still a very real concern, and the lyrics reflect a satirical view of politics and the threat of war. http://bit.ly/evV32G

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Lithium

Cobain said the song is about a man who, after the death of his girlfriend, turns to religion "as a last resort to keep himself alive. To keep him from suicide". http://bit.ly/9vTM92

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Paint It, Black

This track is apparently about a man mourning his dead girlfriend. http://bit.ly/b3J9QU

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For Tomorrow

The lyrics of the song are about London, and especially Primrose Hill, a hill in the borough of Camden, North London. http://bit.ly/9gEG6c

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Safety Dance

The Montreal-based band has said time and again the song is about nuclear war. Specifically, the song mocks the theory that nuclear weapons make us safer because of "mutually assured destruction." http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Dirty Diana

This track is about a tenacious groupie. http://lat.ms/cKS9CP

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Bad

Jackson stated that the song was influenced by a real life story he'd read about. Lyrically, the song is about proving one's toughness. http://bit.ly/apdvSm

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Billie Jean

Jackson stated that Billie Jean was based on the groupies he and his brothers encountered while part of The Jackson 5. "There were a lot of Billie Jeans out there. Every girl claimed that their son was related to one of my brothers". http://on.mtv.com/azOFbK

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Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

The song's lyrics pertain to strangers spreading rumors to begin or start an argument just for no reason. http://bit.ly/9J6Val

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She's Out of My Life

This song was written by musical artist Tom Bahler. He wrote the song about Karen Carpenter, who broke up with him after discovering he had fathered a child with another woman. http://bit.ly/aXMdVC

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Off the Wall

The song is about getting over troubles. http://bit.ly/cr1AVl

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Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Jackson stated that the song's lyrics were not a reference to sex, but could be about whatever people wanted them to be about. http://bit.ly/aoyPmi

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SRXT

This track is named after the antidepressant Seroxat and was crafted following the suicide attempts of two of Okereke's friends after they left university in 2005. http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ

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Uniform

This song references London and criticises the youth subculture in the area. It is directly inspired by Douglas Rushkoff's Merchants of Cool documentary, which details the corporate exploitation of popular culture by advertisement companies. http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ

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Song For Clay (Disappear Here)

This track was inspired by Less Than Zero, a novel by Bret Easton Ellis which depicts excessive hedonism and its effects on individuals. http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ

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Kreuzberg

This song is an account of promiscuity in the Berlin area of the same name. http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ

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Hunting For Witches

This song foccuses on terrorism, namely the 7 July 2005 London bombings. As Kele stated "I guess the point about the song for me is post-September 11th, the media has really traded on fear and the use of fear in controlling people" http://bit.ly/c9eRgQ

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I carry your heart with me

Kele believes that this song evokes the initial exciting stages of a new relationship when everything is going right. http://bit.ly/bsnzDb

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One Month Off

The lyrics of "One Month Off" reference feelings of anger and are about being in love with someone younger and unfaithful. http://bit.ly/bsnzDb

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Biko

Biko" means "Dear" in Igbo�a language spoken in Nigeria, the homeland of Okereke's parents�and is used "when you're beseeching someone to do something". http://bit.ly/bsnzDb

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Better Than Heaven

Better Than Heaven" references the Garden of Eden and Corinthians (15:22) because Kele wanted to explore the themes of sex and death, especially in a biblical context. http://bit.ly/bsnzDb

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The Eton Rifles

This song is about members of a Right To Work march going through Slough in 1978, who broke off to attack pupils from Eton College, thinking that a bunch of posh schoolboys would be an easy target: only for the outnumbered but far fitter college pupils to give them a beating. http://bit.ly/d5lL2n

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All Mod Cons

The lyrics of this song criticise fickle people who attach themselves to people who enjoy success and leave them once that is over. http://bit.ly/aHOlWI

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In The City

This song is a celebration of youth in the big city, and of what Paul Weller called the "young idea", reflecting his optimism for the punk movement. http://bit.ly/bJoMdk

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The Wind Cries Mary

The song is said to have been inspired when Hendrix and his then girlfriend, Kathy Etchingham, had an argument over her cooking; after she stormed out of their apartment, Hendrix wrote "The Wind Cries Mary", as Mary was Etchingham's middle name. http://bit.ly/c7DhUn

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Purple Haze

The term "purple haze" has been used to refer to LSD, due to the form sold by Sandoz, called Delysid, which came in purple capsules. Furthermore, Purple Haze is a particular strain of marijuana noted for its 'purple' appearance. http://bit.ly/cu89kj

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Purple Haze

Jimi explained the story behind this track. "[Its] all about a dream I had that I was walking under the sea". http://bit.ly/cu89kj

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kowalski

This song is meant to be an alternative soundtrack to the movie Vanishing Point. Bobby Gillespie said, "The music in the film is hippy music, so we thought, 'Why not record some music that really reflects the mood of the film?'.http://bit.ly/cDX8mA

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Just Like Heaven

According to Smith, "The song is about hyperventilating�kissing and fainting to the floor." The lyrics were inspired by a trip with his then-girlfriend (and later wife) Mary Poole to Beachy Head in southern England. http://bit.ly/94XDCV

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Just Like Heaven

Smith said the opening line of the song ("Show me, show me, show me how you do that trick") refers to his childhood memories of mastering magic tricks, but added "on another [level], it's about a seduction trick, from much later in my life" http://bit.ly/94XDCV

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Living on a Prayer

Bon Jovi explained the motivation behind the track. "I wrote that song during the Reagan era and the trickle-down economics are really inspirational to writing songs" http://bit.ly/a2mHvo

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goin' home

Jagger's lyrics call a basic expression of his pining for his girl and determining to go home and get him some. http://bit.ly/9m51xG

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Under My Thumb

Jagger reflected on the track in a 1995 interview: "It's a bit of a jokey number, really. It's not really an anti-feminist song any more than any of the others... Yes, it's a caricature, and it's in reply to a girl who was a very pushy woman" http://bit.ly/a8Zg76

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Under My Thumb

The song's lyrics are an examination of a sexual power struggle, in which Jagger's lyrics celebrate the satisfaction of finally having controlled and gained leverage over a previously pushy, dominating woman. http://bit.ly/a8Zg76

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stupid girl

Jagger explained the story behind the track. "Obviously, I was having a bit of trouble. I wasn't in a good relationship. Or I was in too many bad relationships. I had so many girlfriends at that point. None of them seemed to care they weren't pleasing me very much." http://bit.ly/akjkpg

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stupid girl

On the song's lyrics, Richards said "It was all a spin-off from our environment... hotels, and too many dumb chicks. Not all dumb, not by any means, but that's how one got." http://bit.ly/akjkpg

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Get Off Of My Cloud

The Stones have said that the song is written as a reaction to their sudden popularity after the success of "Satisfaction". The song deals with their aversion to people's expectations of them. http://bit.ly/b2yFzg

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What's The Frequency, Kenneth?

As stipe states "I wrote that protagonist as a guy who's desperately trying to understand what motivates the younger generation, who has gone to great lengths to try and figure them out, and at the end of the song it's completely fucking bogus. He got nowhere." http://bit.ly/ceSv1A

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The one I love

In an interview in the January 1988 issue of Musician magazine stipe stated that the song was "incredibly violent" and "It's very clear that it's about using people over and over again. http://bit.ly/ahK321

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Texarkana

The song title is a reference to the town of Texarkana, on the border of Texas and Arkansas. http://bit.ly/a6s8Wo

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Talk About The Passion

Michael Stipe has stated, "Talk About the Passion" was a song about hunger but the lyrics weren't clear enough. http://bit.ly/a9T50B

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Strange Currencies

Stipe explained the story behind the track. "[its about] when somebody actually thinks that, through words, they're going to be able to convince somebody that they are their one and only. http://bit.ly/9YwfX5

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Shiny Happy People

Shiny Happy People is supposedly an ironic reference to a piece of roughly translated Chinese propaganda regarding the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, two years before the song was released. http://bit.ly/atGEhM

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At My Most Beautiful

Stipe explained the inspiration for the track ."When I was putting together the Patti Smith book I was working on. I was trying to come up with stuff. I wrote the line,'I found a way to make you smile' and thought, that's the most beautiful thing in the world. http://bit.ly/cbxWSj

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New Age

This song is about Lou Reeds relationship with Shelly Albin, his girlfriend at the time. http://bit.ly/d0HglP

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Pale Blue Eyes

This song inspired by Reeds college sweetheart and muse, Shelly Albin, who indeed had pale blue eyes. http://bit.ly/cMz7jA

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Tracy

This song is named after American singer-songwriter Tracy Chapman. http://bit.ly/crLF7H

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2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

The song's title is a reference to the logical fallacy, "Two wrongs make a right"

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We're No Here

The song's title originated from a football chant, "Martin O'Neill!" (the former manager of Celtic F.C., Mogwai's favorite football team), which was misheard by Martin Bulloch's younger brother as "We're No Here!" http://bit.ly/9wlgkD

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Mogwai Fear Satan

The origin of the song title stems from bassist Dominic Aitchison�s fear of the Devil, due to his Catholic upbringing, which continues to this day as Aitchison is the only religious member of Mogwai. http://bit.ly/cK1799

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Christmas steps

The song is named after Christmas Steps, a road in Bristol, South West England. http://bit.ly/aC7Tr0

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Debaser

According to Black Francis, the title "Debaser" references the fact that the film 'Un chien andalou' debases morality and standards of art. http://bit.ly/cc5wEa

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Debaser

The lyrics are based on a surrealist film by Luis Bu�uel and Salvador Dal� called Un chien andalou. The film notoriously opens with a scene in which a woman's eye is slit by a razor, which is referenced in the song lyric "Slicin' up eyeballs/I want you to know." http://bit.ly/cc5wEa

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Bullet With Butterfly Wings

Billy Corgan, lead singer of the group, has stated that the line "but can you fake it / for just one more show" refers to the band's headlining slot on the 1994 Lollapalooza tour, where they supposedly became disillusioned with the idea of "alternative" rock. http://bit.ly/9ZGtHM

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Alone, Together

Alone, Together has sexual undertones, dropping hints about cunnilingus http://bit.ly/c2ZLvo

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Barely Legal

This song concerns the subject matter of a girl who has just arrived at the age of consent. Discussing its risqu� nature, Moretti has stated, "It should be taken the way you interpret it. The lyrics mean different things to different people. http://bit.ly/c2ZLvo

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The Modern Age

This song is a rant about the oddness of modern life. http://bit.ly/c2ZLvo

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Dwr Budr

D?r Budr is Welsh for dirty water and was written with the then-recent MV Sea Empress oil tanker disaster just off the coast of Wales in mind http://bit.ly/9wxyTu

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The Girl With the Sun in Her Head

This song was dedicated to the memory of Volume magazine photographer Sally Harding who died in 1995. http://bit.ly/bd1OVs

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I Can't Write Left-Handed

John Legend explained the story behind the track . "Its about a young wounded soldier that Bill met who thought he was gonna die. He said he didnt mind getting shot at it was getting shot that messed him up. Bill wrote this song and dedicated it to him" http://bit.ly/c7RBYk

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High Hopes

The song originated from a phrase david gilmours girlfriend suggested, about how time brings you down. The song grew from there, and became an autobiographical piece about Davids life and childhood in cambridge http://bit.ly/9dEvwm

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Keep Talking

The song expresses the notion that all problems can be solved through discussion. However, David Gilmour revealed that this notion is more of a wish than a belief. http://bit.ly/9dEvwm

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Coming Back To Life

Gilmour has revealed that the song was written about his wife, polly samson. http://bit.ly/bh17ec

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poles apart

This is a song of remembrance about a former colleague who has lost "that light in your eyes". According to polly samson, who co-wrote the track, the lyrics speak to ex-bandmates Syd Barrett in the first verse, and Roger Waters in the second. http://bit.ly/cDDFzJ

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a great day for freedom

Gilmore states that the track "is about the aftermath (of the fall of the totalitarian state). First, it was a joy and a release for the people with the freedom of democracy but then it became horribly marred by the ethnic cleansing and genocide, particularly in Yugoslavia". http://bit.ly/a5DqIQ

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Oceans

Oceans was inspired by Vedders love of surfing. "[that was] a little love song I wrote about my surfboard...no actually it's to somebody named Beth who hopefully I'll see tomorrow. http://bit.ly/dgqVnp

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Even Flow

The lyrics detail the experience of being a homeless man. http://bit.ly/bIhGOX

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Once

The lyrics tell the story of a young man whose father dies causing him to go on a killing spree. Vedder's lyrics were inspired by his long-held hurt in discovering at age 17 that the man he thought was his father was not, and that his real father had already died. http://bit.ly/bjckJm

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Alive

Vedder revealed that the song tells the semi-biographical tale of a son discovering that his father is actually his stepfather (his real father having died long ago), while his mother's grief turns her to sexually embrace her son, who strongly resembles the biological father. http://bit.ly/bjckJm

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Jeremy

This track was inspired by a true story in which a high school student shot himself in front of his classmates. http://bit.ly/99xKpD

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Why Go

This track deals with the use of psychiatric hospitals http://bit.ly/bjckJm

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Wonderwall

It is often claimed that Wonderwall was written for Noels then girlfriend, Meg Mathews. He now claims that the song was not about her at all, but felt that he had to go along with the rumour. "It's a song about an imaginary friend who's gonna come and save you from yourself." http://bbc.in/bgwo6X

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Slide Away

Noel wrote it about his girlfriend at the time - Louise Jones and the song was written about their stormy relationship. Noel described them as "soulmates" and when they finally split up in June 1994 Noel said 'I don't think I'll ever get over it.' http://bit.ly/aGozYl

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Cigarettes & Alcohol

The song proclaims the inherent appeal of cigarettes, alcohol, and drugs as a remedy to the banality and seemingly futile nature of the working class life. As the lyrics state - "Is it worth the aggravation to find yourself a job when there's nothing worth working for?" http://bit.ly/9lBYL9

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Live Forever

Gallagher wrote this song in response to the negative messages coming from the grunge music movement at the time. " I remember Nirvana had a tune called 'I Hate Myself and I Want to Die', and I was like - that's fucking rubbish. Kids don't need to be hearing that nonsense." http://bit.ly/aSnwD3

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Rock 'N' Roll Star

The lyrics refer to an ordinary person who gets dressed up to hit the town in order to feel like a star. http://bit.ly/ddbYTp

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No Way Back

"No Way Back is another song that I wrote right off the John Kerry campaign trail. It has a lot to do with feeling controlled by a government that you didn't elect." [Dave Grohl] http://bit.ly/cDl61A

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Learn to Fly

Dave Grohl gave his thoughts on the track. "Lyrically it was all about just settling in to the next phase of your life, that place where you can sit back and relax because there had been so much crazy shit in the past three years." http://bit.ly/cDl61A

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All My Life

According to Dave Grohl "the middle section is about eating pussy and the verses are kind of vague. That's all you've gotta know!" http://bit.ly/cDl61A

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Everlong

As Dave Grohl explains. "That song's about a girl that I'd fallen in love with and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonise perfectly." http://bit.ly/cDl61A

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Monkey Wrench

The song is about the breakdown of Dave Grohl's marriage to Jennifer Youngblood. "It's about living with someone and feeling like you're living in a fucking cell. And then I wound up getting a divorce" http://bit.ly/bBWXcJ

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wattershed

Grohl explained that this track was inspired by his love of hardcore and old school punk rock. http://bit.ly/b8n6s7

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Big Me

"Girl meets boy, boy falls in love, girl tells him to fuck off!" [Dave Grohl] http://bit.ly/b8n6s7

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I'll Stick Around

Dave Grohl gave his thoughts on the track. "It's just a very negative song about feeling you were violated or deprived." http://bit.ly/b8n6s7

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I'll Stick Around

It is believed that the track is about Kurt Cobain's wife Courtney Love, with whom the surviving members of Nirvana were constantly battling over royalties and song rights. http://bit.ly/ddoBHG

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This Is a Call

Dave Grohl gave his thoughts on the track - 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you." http://bit.ly/b8n6s7

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DOA

The songs title refers to the medical term "dead on arrival". http://bit.ly/crkbS5

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Best of You

Best of you has political undertones, and was written following appearances at John Kerry's campaign trail. Grohl explained that it is "about breaking away from the things that confine you." http://bit.ly/9WoLXX

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Friend of a Friend

Dave Grohl revealved that the track was written about his time sharing a flat with Kurt Cobain. http://bit.ly/aCEszN

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The Pretender

Grohl revealed that the song was potentially about political dissatisfaction."You know, everyone's been fucked over before and I think a lot of people feel fucked over right now and they're not getting what they were promised, and so [the song has] something to do with that" http://bit.ly/97L2ua

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Little Lion Man

Marcus mumford gave his thoughts on the track "It�s a very personal story - Suffice to say, it was a situation in my life I wasn�t very happy with or proud of� and sometimes when you can�t describe a feeling with your own words, it�s almost easier to express in a song." http://bit.ly/beo6o5

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First Train Home

The song is about Imogen trying to project manage her studio and move into her new house - an extremely stressful time. Her friends invited her out to a festival, but when she got there all she could think about was getting the first train home to work on her studio and house. http://bit.ly/cTwMFk

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Edit

The line "You don't have no Doctor Robert/You don't have no Uncle Albert" references the Beatles' song "Doctor Robert" in addition to Paul and Linda McCartney's 1971 hit "Uncle Albert" http://bit.ly/9u70gv

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On the Radio

The song references the hit track "november rain" by "guns N' roses" http://bit.ly/aPHj9n

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Fidelity

Spektor wrote the song while watching the movie High Fidelity, which is based on a book by Nick Hornby. http://bit.ly/dm3m6Y

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paper planes

Maya explained the motivation for the track in an interview with VH1. "Paper Planes reminded me of all the immigration stuff, about how people are afraid of immigrants. That's scary, scary sh*t. And I thought that idea was funny. http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs

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the turn

Maya explained the background to this track in an interview with VH1. "I was really depressed. It's my depression break-up song." http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs

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world town

This sound was written about "whether a ghetto in Africa is the same as a ghetto in India is the same as a ghetto in China". M.I.A explained that she was just "trying to join the dots between all those places". http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs

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Paper Planes

Paper planes jokingly plays on M.I.A.'s problems with visas and the certain perceptions of immigrants. http://bit.ly/caYIcH

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XR2

XR2 recalls part of the artist's life growing up with rave music in early 1990s London. http://bit.ly/9zKfAr

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10 Dollar

The track refers to the ease of buying AK-47s in war-torn Liberia. http://on.vh1.com/crfkSs

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Jimmy

This song is a tribute to the singers mother, and is a version an old Bollywood film track to which she used to dance to at parties as a child. http://bit.ly/btJjzu

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Boyz

This song refers to m.i.a's time in Jamaica and references jamaican dance moves. http://bit.ly/cdKE40

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Kevin Carter

This song is about the 1994 Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Kevin Carter, who committed suicide soon after winning the prize. His suicide note read "I am haunted by the vivid memories of killings and corpses and anger and pain ... of starving or wounded children" http://bit.ly/bdy1mw

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Smile

The inspiration for the song came when Lily Allen broke up with her boyfriend, Lester Lloyd, resulting in a drug overdose and hospitalization for her depression. http://bit.ly/bsxIM8

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Lowride

Remember first time i heard this on the mowax compilation "headz". I was 16 and my friend has just bought his first pair of decks. I always thought this tune stood out compared to the trip hop style of the other tracks. Just brings back strong memories.;

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Texico Bitches

This song is an attack against an oil company for the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, apparently the wrong oil company http://bit.ly/cw72KM.

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All Mine

An obsessive love story..

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Tender

This song is about damon albarns breakup with elastica lead singer Justine Frischmann http://bit.ly/a91kcf

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Beetlebum

Damon revealed the meaning behind the hit track in the book 1000 UK Number One Hits. "It's about drugs basically. I'm not sure what a Beetlebum is. It's just a word I sang when I played the song to myself." http://amzn.to/9fe2Lc

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Eskimo

Damien explained the background to the song in an interview with undercover magazine. "For me I was sitting there feeling sad about not being able to write so I started to write about my feelings about not being able to write" http://bit.ly/d9qUmR

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The Devil Is in the Details

The song has "a riff that was designed to imitate a specific well-known equation, but in musical terms" [Marcus Eoin] http://bit.ly/cFIoZo

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Gyroscope

Marcus Eoin revealed the strange story behind the song in an interview with HMV. "I dreamed the sound of it, and although I've recreated dreamt songs before, I managed to do that one so quickly that the end result was 99% like my dream. It spooks me to listen to it now". http://bit.ly/cFC2sR

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The Color of the Fire

In an interview with forcefield magazine in 98, Mike Eion revealed that the song was a "reference to a friend's psychedelic experience" http://bit.ly/9Bee9T

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Alejandro

This song is about Lady Gaga bidding farewell to her lovers, and "defending herself against a harem of Latin men" http://bit.ly/9axAEp

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crazy

"Cee-Lo and I got off on this tangent about how people won't take an artist seriously unless they're insane. So we started jokingly discussing ways in which we could make people think we were crazy. The lyrics are his interpretation of that conversation. [Brian Burton] http://nyti.ms/c2CH3u

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My Little Town

Simon commented that the song was about "someone who hates the town he grew up in. Somebody happy to get out." http://amzn.to/bfYJ9s

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Viva La Vida

Coldplay bassist Guy Berryman told Q Magazine that the song refers to a "a king who�s lost his kingdom" http://bit.ly/c858NK

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Hotel California

Hotel california is a song about "excess and a loss of innocence" . [Don Henley] http://bit.ly/bDJTrN

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Harrowdown Hill

Thom yorke wrote this song following the death of David Kelly, a chemical-weapons inspector in Iraq who committed suicide in 2003 after being connected to a leak of British intelligence about weapons of mass destruction. The body was found in Harrowdown Hill, Oxfordshire. http://bit.ly/bAbI0Y

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Analyse

Analyse was written following a powercut on the street where lead singer thom yorke used to live. "The houses were all dark, with candlelight in the windows, which is obviously how it would have been when they were built. It was beautiful." http://bit.ly/cUE8Pr

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Creep

York revealed that this song is "about a drunken guy, troubled by his self-image, for whom the sight of a young beauty brings on a crisis of confidence, and worse" http://nyti.ms/dqJ8s3

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The Boy With the Thorn in His Side

Morrissey explained that "The thorn is the music industry and all these people who never believe what I said, tried to get rid of me, never played the records, so I think we've reached the stage where if they don't believe me now, will they ever believe me." http://bit.ly/an8lev

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Shoplifters of the World Unite

In an interview with Shaun Duggan, morrissey revealed the meaning behind the songs lyrics. "It's more or less spiritual shoplifting, cultural shoplifting, taking things and using them to your own advantage." http://bit.ly/b1Rnlf

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the hand that rocks the cradle

In an interview with melody maker, Morrisey stated the song "comes from a relationship I had that didn't really involve romance. So if we're talking about romance, well, I don't really know that much about it. But in other things, I'm quite capable of making an observation." http://bit.ly/b97coz

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Reel Around the Fountain

Morrissey explained that this song is about "...loss of innocence, that until one has a physical commitment with another person, there's something childlike about the soul." http://bit.ly/b97coz

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what remains

In an interview with the guardian Yannis Philippakis stated that the song refers to a period of family therapy, which involved three psychiatrists staring at the Philippakises from behind glass. http://bit.ly/b9Z6pi

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come to daddy

The song that got me into electronic music and warp records in the 90s. Saw the video after a night out on MTV and couldnt believe what i was seeing. Had to go and buy the vynil the next day...

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Roads

Remember the first time i heard this when I was about 16..mate says have a toke on this first. Laid down ..then those drums kicked in!Amazing!

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Under The Bridge

This song is about Anthony Kiedis's past, having not done drugs for a few years. Here he is reflecting on all the damage he had done and all the people he had tortured emotionally, due to his drug problems. http://bit.ly/bRk7Rz

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Neighborhood 3 (Power Out)

This song is about how there "are aspects of your life that are hidden or secret. That all of who you are as a person isn't immediately obvious to everyone around you." [Win Butler] http://bit.ly/aftvhl