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I Luv U

The song is about teenage relationships, teenage pregnancy, undesirable player girls and falling for girls who are using you. http://bit.ly/edpUV5

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Jigsaw Falling Into Place

This track is about a set of observations and different experiences, partly of the chaos witnessed by Yorke when he used to go out on the weekend in Oxford. http://bit.ly/fmDMFS

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We Didn't Start The Fire

The song's title and refrain mention "the fire", an allusion to conflict and societal turmoil. Joel asserts that these can't be blamed on his generation alone, as "the fire" has been "always burning since the world's been turning". http://bit.ly/hgX8ev

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Uptown Girl

Joel explained that the song was written about his relationship with his girlfriend, supermodel Elle Macpherson, but ended up becoming about his soon-wife Christie Brinkley. http://bit.ly/dMB7DS

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While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Harrison committed to write a song based on the first words he saw upon opening a random book. Those words were 'gently weeps', and he immediately began the song. "I picked up a book at random, opened it, saw 'gently weeps', then laid the book down again and started the song". http://bit.ly/i9s3hA

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got to get you into my life

McCartney disclosed that the song was about marijuana. "'Got to Get You into My Life' was one I wrote when I had first been introduced to pot... So [it's] really a song about that, it's not to a person." http://bit.ly/hIATJy

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doctor robert

Lennon stated that Doctor Robert was himself, "I was the one who carried all the pills on tour ... in the early days". http://bit.ly/dV3jSK

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for no one

This track is a song about the end of a relationship, which McCartney recalled writing in the bathroom of a ski resort in the Swiss Alps, while on holiday with his then girlfriend Jane Asher. He said, "I suspect it was about another argument". http://bit.ly/h7Saj3

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she said she said

Lennon described this track as "an 'acidy' song" with lyrics inspired by actor Peter Fonda's comments during an LSD trip in 1965 with members of The Beatles. http://bit.ly/hPU8eS

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yellow submarine

McCartney explained the story behind the track "We were trying to write a children's song. That was the basic idea. And there's nothing more to be read into it than there is in the lyrics of any children's song." http://bit.ly/gdx18z

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taxman

The lyrics of this tune attack the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British government. http://bit.ly/ebrM31

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tommorrow never knows

These lyrics were inspired by Timothy Leary's book, The Psychedelic Experience: A Manual Based on The Tibetan Book of the Dead. http://bit.ly/fZ19v2

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Eleanor Rigby

McCartney originated the song and the name, rejecting his initial choice, "Daisy Hawkins," in favour of a name derived from The Beatles' Help! costar Eleanor Bron and by Rigby & Evens, a wine shop McCartney noticed in Bristol. http://bit.ly/fZ19v2

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drive my car

According to McCartney, "'Drive my car was an old blues euphemism for sex". http://bit.ly/fn2Zzp

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Ticket to Ride

Lennon said that the track described cards indicating a clean bill of health carried by Hamburg prostitutes in the 1960s. http://bit.ly/gQkX0V

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Help!

The documentary series The Beatles Anthology revealed that Lennon wrote the lyrics of the song to express his stress after the Beatles' quick rise to success. "I was fat and depressed and I was crying out for 'Help'. http://bit.ly/h6iygp

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Do You Want to Know_a_Secret

This song was inspired by "I'm Wishing",a tune from Walt Disney�s 1937 animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which Lennon's mother, Julia Lennon, would sing to him as a child. http://bit.ly/hGBMyn

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There's a Place

The title was inspired by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's "Somewhere" from West Side Story, which contained the line: "somewhere there's a place for us". http://bit.ly/f7ta6M

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I'll Cry Instead

"I'll Cry Instead" was described by Cynthia Lennon as a cry for help, saying "It reflects the frustration he [John Lennon] felt at that time. He was the idol of millions, but the freedom and fun of the early days had gone." http://bit.ly/hg0g9Y

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tell me why

Paul McCartney explained the story behind the track "Tell Me Why" may have been based in real experiences or affairs John was having, or arguments with Cynthia [Lennon�s wife] or whatever, but it never occurred to us until later to put that slant on it all" http://bit.ly/efHwGd

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A Hard Day's Night

The song's title originated from Ringo Starr. "We went to do a job, and we'd worked all day and night. I came up still thinking it was day and I said, 'It's been a hard day, and I looked around and saw it was dark so I said, 'night!' So we came to 'A Hard Day's Night.'" http://bit.ly/h9igG0

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Shake A Fist

Alexis Taylor stated that the lyrics, "I move underwater, I eat what I slaughter", were formed as a result of him "imagining what it would be like to take salvia divinorum", which Joe Goddard had taken at Glastonbury Festival. http://bit.ly/ightz7

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Shake A Fist

"Shake a Fist" was written by Taylor after Goddard took a legal herbal substance during the Glastonbury Festival which produced feelings akin to teleportation. Goddard said, "it was a brilliant time" and told Alexis to write down words to go with his experience. http://bit.ly/e0AeN3

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Porcelain

Porcelain emerged after Kiedis met a young mother at the YMCA, who was attempting to battle her alcohol addiction whilst living with her infant daughter. http://bit.ly/fihUGe

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Californication

The song is mainly about the dark side of Hollywood. http://bit.ly/hlTX3k

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Otherside

This track confronts the battles ex-junkies have with their prior addictions. http://bit.ly/gmz2p0

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Scar Tissue

This track is about Anthony Kiedis and his battles with drugs, as well as the quarrels he had. http://bit.ly/dWbovv

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around the world

Anthony Kiedis has stated that in the lyrics for the verses he is telling about his journeys and his experiences on them, about being the member of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and living extreme life. http://bit.ly/hgz0qe

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Venice Queen

Venice Queen was composed lyrically as an ode to Kiedis' drug rehabilitation therapist, Gloria Scott, who died shortly after he purchased her a home on California's Venice Beach. It mourned her death as a painful loss. http://bit.ly/h2NJlr

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This Is The Place

In this track keidis references early Chili Peppers guitarist Hillel Slovak, and describes how drug use forced him to miss the funeral: "On the day my best friend died/I could not get my copper clean". http://bit.ly/h2NJlr

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Charlie

Despite many rumors that the song is a reference to cocaine (Charlie is a name given to the drug), Kiedis has stated in interviews that the song is about a person's imaginative spark or inspiration. http://bit.ly/f042u7

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Snow (Hey Oh)

Kiedis states that the track is "about surviving, starting fresh. I've made a mess of everything, but I have a blank slate - a canvas of snow - and I get to start over. http://bit.ly/ib9sZ7

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Dani California

Throughout the song Kiedis laments the early death of Dani, a poor, young Southern girl who eventually lived in California, became a mother and lived a hard, fast, unsettled life. Kiedis states that Dani is composite of all the women with whom he has had relationships. http://bit.ly/hIEV2g

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She's Lost Control

Ian Curtis' lyrics concern a girl having an epileptic seizure (i.e. "losing control"), a condition which Curtis himself suffered from. http://bit.ly/f1fSfP

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quicksand

Jackson told thelondonpaper that the song is about "having an intense moment with someone, when maybe you're watching a film or listening to music, and both of you are yearning for the other one, and it's almost painful to sit next to them. http://bit.ly/e1F0Dk

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In For The Kill

Vocalist Elly Jackson told Steve Harris of Xfm radio that the song is "about telling someone how you feel regardless of what you get back, and not waiting to find out if they want you or not". http://bit.ly/h1pB0Q

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Red

In an interview, Guy Garvey claimes the song was inspired by a friend with a severe drug addiction: "This was about a concern for a friend who was doing too much speed, to the point where I worried how it was going to turn out for her. She�s fine as it turns out." http://bit.ly/f4GKaD

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Grounds For Divorce

Frontman Guy Garvey told Uncut magazine that grounds for divorce was written when he was in an unhappy relationship. http://bit.ly/f1Ewil

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Vlad The Impaler

The lyric "Joker, meet you on the other side" is a tribute to the late Dark Knight actor Heath Ledger. http://bit.ly/gOi9vf

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Can't See Me

This track refers to an incident when Brown saw Squire in a village in Hale, not long after the split of the band. According to this story, Brown waved to Squire, but Squire hid behind a newspaper and would not acknowledge him. http://bit.ly/eQeJwZ

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Love Spreads

The lyrics are an attack on the traditional image of Jesus. Squire portrays the crucifixion of the Messiah with a black woman on the cross. This continued the band's theme of questioning the depiction of Christ, which first appeared on the track, "I Am The Resurrection. http://bit.ly/f0W2Ia

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I Am the Resurrection

John: "[The song is] a murderous attack on one individual, I don't want to tell you who it is. It's someone both Ian and I know. http://bit.ly/em0fYg

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Made Of Stone

'Made of Stone' is about making a wish and watching it happen. Like scoring a goal in a Cup final...on a Harley Electra Glide...dressed as Spider-Man" [John Squire]. http://bit.ly/ef0Vpu

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She Bangs The Drums

John Squire stated - "'She Bangs the Drums' is about those brief moments when everything comes together. Like staying up till dawn and watching the sun rise with somebody you love. And then regretting it bitterly. http://bit.ly/fteXyT

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Vanilla Twilight

The song has been thought to be about Adam's dead wife, but that has not been officially proven. http://bit.ly/e6xyIh

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Fireflies

Thiessen described the song as "a little song about bugs and not being able to fall asleep at night," though the fireflies in the song's title also serve as a metaphor for the loss of childlike imagination and wonder in adulthood. http://bit.ly/fHiDFi

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bagpipes from baghdad

In this track eminem attacks ex girlfriend Mariah Carey, along with her current husband Nick Cannon. http://bit.ly/beSiAZ

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We Made You

On this track eminem traces his addictive tendencies back to his mother. http://bit.ly/beSiAZ

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Like Toy Soldiers

This song tells the story of eminems attempts to calm a violent community of rappers. He speaks openly about problems with The Source magazine and its editor Benzino, as well as Murder Inc. Records, and explains the feud between Ja Rule and 50 Cent. http://bit.ly/9tl86d

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Superman

The song is about the rocky relationships and promiscuous nature of the girls Eminem has had in his life. http://bit.ly/9t5zrP

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Cleanin Out My Closet

In the song, Eminem introspectively examines his life reflecting on such topics as his troubled childhood, marital conflicts, and resentful feud with his mother. http://bit.ly/cDrMUw

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kim

This track is about Eminem and Kim Mathers turbulent on--off relationship. http://bit.ly/cXtTR4

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The Real Slim Shady

The song is a critique of pop songs that were being churned out at the time. http://bit.ly/c2PUxF

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Marshall Mathers

This track outlines eminems issues with his mother. http://bit.ly/c2PUxF

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Eh, Eh (Nothing Else I Can Say)

This track was about breaking up with a boyfriend and finding someone new. http://bit.ly/aRwVuf

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Beautiful, Dirty, Rich

This track summed up her time of self-discovery, living in the Lower East Side and dabbling in drugs and the party scene. http://bit.ly/aRwVuf

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Poker Face

Poker Face" was inspired by Gaga's boyfriends who enjoyed gambling, and also dealt with her personal experience of bisexuality; her fantasies about women while having sex with men, thus representing her 'poker face'." http://bit.ly/aRwVuf

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LoveGame

"LoveGame", the second track, was inspired by Gaga's sexual crush on a stranger in a night club to whom she said, "I wanna ride on your disco stick". http://bit.ly/aRwVuf

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Just Dance

According to Gaga, the first track "Just Dance" is a joyous, heart-themed song, which appeal to people going through tough times in their life. http://bit.ly/aRwVuf

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Thnks fr th Mmrs

In an interview with Kerrang!, bassist Pete Wentz explained that the song refers to a romantic relationship in which the initial sentiments have perished, but both lovers continue to "sleep with each other" to appease their physical and mental desires. http://bit.ly/c82Dxl

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This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Ra..

The song is reportedly about lyricist/bassist Pete Wentz's frustration with the ever growing 'emo scene'. http://bit.ly/971PZe

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Lady

The song's lyrical theme concerns the narrator's plea to his lover to be open with their relationship. http://bit.ly/cXctDS

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Brown Sugar

Tthrough its use of the personification of a brown-skinned woman, the lyrics of this track are an ode to marijuana use. http://bit.ly/cXctDS

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Climbing Up The Walls

This track is about "the monster in the closet", with Yorke drawing on a brief job as an orderly in a mental hospital, and an article in The New York Times about serial killers, in writing it. http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Electioneering

Yorke likened this tracks lyrics, which focus on issues of political and artistic compromise, to "a preacher ranting in front of a bank of microphones". http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Fitter Happier

This track was described by Yorke as a checklist of slogans for the 1990s, which he considered "the most upsetting thing I've ever written". http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Let Down

This songs are "about that feeling that you get when you're in transit but you're not in control of it � you just go past thousands of places and thousands of people and you're completely removed from it." http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Exit Music (For A Film)

William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, particularly the 1968 film adaptation, inspired the lyrics for this track. http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Paranoid Android

The songs title and lyrics reference Marvin the Paranoid Android from Douglas Adams's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. http://bit.ly/bOI1F0

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Where The Streets Have No Name

This was written and recorded shortly after Bono and his wife returned from volunteer work in Africa. The camps they were working in literally had no names for the streets. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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The Way It Is

This song is about prejudice. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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This Woman's Work

This song is about the birth of a child, but from the father's point of view. All the thoughts that go through his head as his life is about to change forever. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Think of Laura

The song was written in memory of his friend, Laura, who got killed in a car accident. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Suicide Blonde

This song was dedicated to Kylie Minogue. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Sowing The Seeds Of Love

This song was written both as a call to arms for the working class to take a more active role in the political process, and to protest the re-election of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister by the Conservative MPs in parliament, and their repressive policies. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Slave To Love

This song is about the sacrifices a father makes for his children. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Shake The Disease

This song is about feeling treachery of being obsolved with another person and hating yourself for it. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Shout

Shout is about letting go of and shouting out against things that really disturb you. Curt Smith described the song as a "protest" song. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Safety Dance

The song is about disliking skinheads, who often weren't allowed into clubs (unless they wore hats, hence, Men Without Hats) because of their rowdy and vicious behaviour. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Rosanna

This track was about Rosanna Arquette, actress and girlfriend of one of the band's musicians, Steve Lukather. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Money For Nothing

The song was written while lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Knopfler was in the electronics department of a store and heard one of the workers making fun of rock stars. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Master of Puppets

This song is about being addicted to drugs. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Mandatory Suicide

This song is about being drafted into the war. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Livin' On A Prayer

This song was the true meaning of hope for the otherwise hopeless. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Livin' On A Prayer

This song is about working-class people trying to make it through a tough life. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Little Red Corvette

This song is about one night stands and the effects they can have on one's life\body. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Let's Go Crazy

The song was about not allowing the devil break you down and for you to reach to GOD for help. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Killing An Arab

This song is based on the book "The Stranger" by Albert Camus. In the book he kills an arab because the sun was in his eyes and felt extreme tension for no reason. The lyrics almost match the book perfectly. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Keep On Loving You

This song is about lead singer Kevin Cronin's response after he found out his wife was cheating on him. He says he'll keep on loving you no matter what. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Janie's Got a Gun

This song displays the pressures of child abuse on young women in families and the dreaded outcomes. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Jane Says

Jane Says is the story about a real life person by the name of Jane that the band members lived with in a commune in LA. Jane had a heroin addiction and was always hanging around with the wrong people and could never break away from her lifestyle despite promises to. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Is This Love

This song is about two people having a one night stand but the guy wants more and can't get her out of his head because during the act of sex he fell in love with her and can't stop thinking about her. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Invisible Sun

This song is a reference to the troubles in Ireland. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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In The Air Tonight

This song deals with his bitterness and frustration over the end of his marriage to his first wife. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Christiansands

I think this song is about the breakdown of a relationship.

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I Go To Extremes

Billy Joel stated that this song as a song about manic depressive people "all artists are in some way manic depressive". It seems to be written about his life in the form of telling a partner of the ups and downs and the uncontrollability of his own life. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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I Don't Like Mondays

This song is about 16-year-old Brenda Spencer opening fire on children arriving at her school, killing two men and wounding eight students and a police officer. When asked by a reporter why she was compelled to shoot innocent people she stated 'I don't like Mondays. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Horsin' Around

This song expresses the dangers of shifting around from one lover to another. It shows the pain inevitable when one leaves one's own spouse. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Hell Is For Children

This song was written to shame parents/guardians guilty of child abuse. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Heaven Can Wait

This song is about a man who's dreaming about his dying day. Then he comes to realize that it may not be a dream, but reality. It ends with his being rebirthed, or awaking from the dream...it really leaves that unsolved. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Goody Two Shoes

This song is about Adam Ant's struggle with fame and stardom.

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Let Me Watch Feat Apani B As Nikki

Most twisted account of of dysfunctional relationship! "let me watch!!!"

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Born in the USA

This song is about a vietnam war veteran, who struggles to re-adjust to life as a civilian - the physical and emotional after effects make things harder for him, but in the end he is just relieved to have survived. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Behind the Crooked Cross

This song is all about how wars are fought in the name of God. After a life of being told "thou shall not kill" and "killing is wrong" in time of war you're told it's okay to kill the enemy for your country and for your God, even though it is still wrong. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Badman's Song

This song is about Roland's reaction to a conversation he overheard between some of the roadies on tour. Their party was keeping him up, and he was about to call their room to tell them to shut up when he pressed his ear to the wall and overheard them slagging him off. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Back On The Chain Gang

This song is a tribute to former band mate James Honeyman-Scott who tragically died from a heroin overdose. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Appetite

This song is about the dangers inherent in sexual and material desire and how they come to affect people so badly. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Another Day In Paradise

This song is about poverty and homelessness. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Angel of Death

This song is about the atrocities causes during WWII by a Nazi doctor named Josef Mengele. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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And She Was

This song is about a young woman who gets high for a short time after taking LSD in high school and then completely loses herself. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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And She Was

This song is apparently about a girl who commits suicide. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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All I Wanna Do Is Make Love To You

This song is about a married woman who can't conceive with her husband so she goes about having one night stands with strangers to get herself pregnant. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Abacab

Phil Collins explained that the title for this song had to do with the band members trouble playing the bridge. Finally the only way they could remember it was to sing the actual notes: A-B-A-C-A-B and hence the song got a name. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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99 Luftballons

The song is about someone letting 99 red balloons go flying into the sky in Berlin. Because of the tension between East and West Germany, military people were always on alert. They saw the balloons and mistook it for an attack, and launched their weapons of mass destruction. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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22 Acacia Avenue

This song is about a hooker named Charlotte who you can "meet" on 22 Acacia Avenue. It basically describes the life of a hooker on the job. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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1999

1999 is a song about the Reagan administration and the common use and access of bombs and nuclear weapons in the US. Prince is saying that everyone has a bomb we could die any day, so tonight I'm gonna party. http://bit.ly/cIG6Bq

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Let's Go To Bed

This song was written as a sarcastic reflection on sexual imagery in pop music. http://bit.ly/cSnht8

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Primary

The song appears to be about the disadvantages of growing older. http://bit.ly/9h4N8J

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Dirty Harry

The lyrics "The war is over so says the speaker with the flight suit on", refer to George W. Bush's "Mission Accomplished" televised speech. http://bit.ly/bXguB3

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scam

The song centres on fraud, the ones who commit it and the ones who are its victims. It also tells how politicians also lie to their people, giving false promises, and abusing their own powers. http://bit.ly/aHFgg1

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Just Another Story

The song deals with the problem of vigilantes who enforce justice by themselves, often harming innocents in the process. http://bit.ly/aBONjk

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One In Ten

One in Ten is mistakenly cited as referring to the number of unemployed in the UK at that time. It is in fact a song about government statistics in general, and how politicians use them to de-humanise problems. http://bit.ly/ckyqmb

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Food For Thought

Food For Thought was an attempt to publicize and condemn the Ethiopian famine in Africa, comparing it with the Western over-indulgent celebration of Christmas, and laying the blame with politicians in the rich world. http://bit.ly/dkOC9J

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Giving Up the Gun

Ezra Koenig got the idea for the song from a history book called Giving Up the Gun that his father gave him. http://bit.ly/cRYi32

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Diplomat's Son

The title "Diplomat's Son" is a reference to a story singer Ezra Koenig wrote about boarding school, though the content lyrically talks about a heterosexual relationship (ie man on woman sex) told by Rostam Batmanglij. http://bit.ly/dk1C6N

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Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa

The track was inspired by Ezras travels through London to India. "[I was] thinking about colonialism and the aesthetic connections between preppy culture and the native cultures of places like Africa and India. [So I decided to write a story exploring those connections]." http://bit.ly/doXM2D

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Nightswimming

Mills explained that the track is based on true events, explaining that in the early 1980s R.E.M. and its circle of friends would go skinny dipping after the Athens clubs closed at night. http://bit.ly/brakKS

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Nightswimming

Stipe says the song is about a "kind of an innocence that's either kind of desperately clung onto or obviously lost." http://bit.ly/brakKS

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Man On The Moon

The song is a reference to the conspiracy theory that the American moon landing was faked. http://bit.ly/dC4Q1i

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Losing My Religion

Stipe explained the track is "just a classic obsession pop song" and song where "anybody can listen to it, put themselves in it and say, 'Yeah, that's me" http://bit.ly/aKn5t7

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Kite

Guitarist the edge felt that the lyrics referred to Bonos emotionally reserved father. "Bono couldn't see it, but I could" http://bit.ly/9VDVCM

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Kite

The inspiration for the track came to Bono during a failed kite flying trip with his children. The kite came to symbolise his lack of control and the recognition that one day his children would no longer need him" http://bit.ly/9VDVCM

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Kite

Bono explained that the song was about letting go of a relationship.

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mofo

This song partially refers to bonos mother, who died when he was 14. http://bit.ly/d3cQPz

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

Drummer Mullen shared his thoughts on the track. "Oh, that time when 13 Catholics were shot by British soldiers - that's not what the song is about. That's an incident..and it's the strongest way of saying, 'How long do we have to put up with this?..people are dying every day" http://bit.ly/baTgeQ

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Sunday Bloody Sunday

This song recalls the troubles in northern ireland at the time, in particular the Bloody Sunday incident where British troops shot and killed civil rights marchers. http://bit.ly/baTgeQ

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mothers of the disappeared

This song outlines the struggle of comadres - the mothers of the dissapeared, who where a group of women whose children where killed or "dissapeared" by the government during the Salvadoran Civil War. http://bit.ly/9BP2GP

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wait

The song outlines the singers concerns about his relationship whilst he is away. http://bit.ly/cw5haa

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In My Life

According to Lennon's friend and biographer Peter Shotton, the lines "Some [friends] are dead and some are living/In my life I've loved them all" referred to Stuart Sutcliffe (who died in 1962) and to Shotton. http://bit.ly/9PQqVm

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In My Life

The song was inspired by English journalist Kenneth Allsop - who said that Lennon should write more songs about his childhood. The original lyrics where therefore based on a bus route he used to take in Liverpool, but then reworked into a generalized meditation of his past. http://bit.ly/9PQqVm

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im looking through you

This song recalls McCartneys dissatisfying relationship with his girlfriend of 5 years, Jane Asher. "You don't look different, but you have changed". http://amzn.to/d8GCTI

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girl

The song tells of a girl the singer is besotted with, but has reservations about. "She's the kind of girl who puts you down / When friends are there, you feel a fool" http://bit.ly/apwrCW

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think for yourself

This song is a warning about listening to lies. George Harrison stated - "I don't quite recall who inspired that tune. Probably the government" http://amzn.to/cCQQQV

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nowhere man

Lennon wrote this song about himself whilst trying to come up with another song for 'rubber soul'. "I'd spent five hours that morning trying to write a song that was meaningful and good, and I finally gave up and lay down. Then it came - words and music - the whole damn thing" http://bit.ly/dfLfVW

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you wont see me

The song is about the problems Paul Mccartney was having in his relationship with Jane Asher. She was not returning his phone calls and attempts to contact, so he was in a vulnerable position. http://bit.ly/dtB7V2

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Drive My Car

Though it may initally seem that this song is the "macho boasting of some guy showing off his car". It is actually written from the perspective of a girl, who is giving him the chance to be "her chauffeur, and maybe his lover too". http://bit.ly/cX7qWM

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Norwegian Wood

This song describes a failed affair between a mysterious girl and the singer, where he sleeps in the bath whilst she goes to bed. The narrator expresses sadness when he awakes to find that she has left. http://bit.ly/bQXYav

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I Gotcha Back

GZA explained that "this was a short rhyme I wrote for one of my nephews, who was twelve at the time, and whose father, my brother, had been locked up since 1988. So he wasn�t around for my nephew when times were rough, so I wanted to up my nephew a bit with this track" http://bit.ly/cNzx9u

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Heart Shaped Box

In an interview Cobain revealed that the track was inspired by documentaries about children with cancer. "Anytime I think about it, it makes me sadder than anything I can think of" [Cobain] http://amzn.to/dl5PR8

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Heart Shaped Box

The title of the song comes from a heart-shaped box Courtney Love gave to Kurt Cobain. Though cobain initially had named the track "Heart Shaped Coffin" http://amzn.to/asVYst

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Protection

For me, the song is about looking after those who are close to you in times of need, and the feelings of guilt experienced when you let these people down.

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Teardrop

Del naja revealed in an interview with "The Hour" that Elizabeth Frazer wrote the song about Jeff Buckley, who she was close friends with. http://bit.ly/9xLoCs

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This Is A Low

This songs inspiration came from a piece of wrapping paper on a present Alex James had given to Damon. It had all the shipping regions on it with fantastic names like Cromarty, Fisher, Dogger and Lundy"

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Beetlebum

Having been pressed in an interview with the guardian, Damon albarn revealed that this song is about heroin. http://bit.ly/a91kcf

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Psyche

I love 3ds explanation of this track. "To me, the song is like when you close your eyes and you've got that strange shimmer of water or sunlight going through trees and it creates a strobing effect over your eyelids. You instantly get taken back to every single summer you've ever experienced".

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Splitting The Atom

Del naja explained the meaning behind the song in a recent interview. "That was more of an ironic title, I guess. I find that people are constantly arguing about the same thing and it was a metaphor for that kind of constant debate and the fact that nothing ever changes". http://bit.ly/asJLdi

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Babel

Martina [Topley-Bird] - vocalist on this track, described "Babel" as a teenage love song http://bit.ly/asJLdi

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Pray For Rain

3d explained the song in a recent interview "Lyrically, it's like a parable and it kind of reminds me a bit of Cormac McCarthy's Blood Meridian: a kind of crazy apocalyptic Western with a sense of connection with the spiritual world as well, which I really dig." http://bit.ly/asJLdi

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Left Side Drive

Left Side Drive = LSD

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My Girls

My girls sees Panda Bear reflect on his new-found father status and finds him eschewing material things apart from the four walls to keep his family safe. http://bit.ly/cC7ueY

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Brother Sport

Panda Bear explained that the song was "really an encouragement song for his brother who was having kind of a rough time at the time he was writing the song." http://bit.ly/ayczDr

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She's Not Dead

This song is based on a true story written about the joint suicide of Anderson's aunt and her clandestine lover. "...the ankle chain and stuff like that, is the kind of detail that can only come from truth, that can't be conjured up. [Anderson] http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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Breakdown

Breakdown refers to Brett Andersons schoolfriend's descent into extreme depression. http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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The Next Life

This song is a tribute to Brett Andersons dead mother http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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So Young

So young is about lead singer Brett Andersons girlfriend, who died of an overdose http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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Animal Nitrate

"You know it's about violence and abuse and sex and drugs. It's actually quite a hardcore song" [Brett Anderson] http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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Sleeping Pills

This song was inspired by the daily drama of the British housewife and their dependence on valium as a means of escapism. http://amzn.to/aIcwul

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1969

According to Mike Sandison the song "refers to a specific period in the history of a religious group, and at the same time the period in general, the hopefulness of a forward-thinking generation that wasn't aware of what was coming in their collective future". http://bit.ly/cuO2wx

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P.C.P

According to Nicky Wire, the song is "about the right to freedom of speech, and freedom of the media." And how political correctness is often misused, "A lot of PC followers take up the idea of being liberal, but end up being quite the opposite" http://bit.ly/9b6SQB

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Faster

Nicky wire explained the meaning behind this song in an interview. "When he (richy) wrote it he told me it was about self-abuse. The opening line is: 'I am an architect/They call me a butcher' - and of course, he's been carving into his arm and all that"... http://bit.ly/9b6SQB

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4st 7lb

The song is about anorexia. "Every word of that is Richey's, and it's pretty autobiographical. Any association with self-abuse and self-control is quite romantic in a naive sort of way, but obviously, the reality of anorexia is much worse than the idea. [Nicky Wire] http://bit.ly/9b6SQB

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Revol

Richey explained his feeling behind the songs lyrics. "All adolescent leaders of men FAILED. All love FAILS. If men of the calibre of Lenin and Trotsky failed, then how can anyone expect anything to change. Won't get fooled again." The title is "lover" backwards.. http://bit.ly/9b6SQB

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She Is Suffering

Richie explained that "'She' is desire. In other Bibles and Holy Books no truth is possible until you empty yourself of desire. All commitment otherwise is fake/lies/economic convenience." http://bit.ly/9b6SQB

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Sex On Fire

The song, frontman caleb explains, is "about great sex"...ha ha http://bit.ly/9C2v3J

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Crawl

Frontman caleb explained that this song was their first political song, and focussed on the impact of war. "It�s just talking about how someone can just come in and fuck everything up and then they�re gone, and everyone else has to deal with the consequences." http://bit.ly/bh1QuQ

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Use Somebody

Caleb Followill explained that when he came up with �I could use somebody,� He didn�t know if he was talking about a person or home or God" http://bit.ly/bh1QuQ

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Happy Cycling

I think this song is a reference to hoffman discovering LSD and trying to cycle home whilst tripping his tits off..ha ha

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Kid for Today

That slide projector sound always reminds me of being a kid and playing with one of those things. I think this song is a reference to LSD and how when you take a trip you can be taken back to the simplicty of your childhood. When you get the excitement of experiencing everything for the first time.

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Creep

I think everyone has felt like this at some point, when you idolise someone and you dont think your good enough for them. I think the frustration and anger that this causes is summed up in the chorus of the tune..

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Life

This song is about the Americans and the British selling all these weapons to Saddam Hussein during the gulf war. Then starting the war so that Saddam would have to use all of his weapons on them, and be forced into buying a load more. [Steve Mason] http://bit.ly/afkXup

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Al Sharp

Steve mason explained that this song was written during the American presidential campaign, so Al Sharp is a conglomeration of every American president that's ever been, but specifically, the kind of conglomeration of Al Gore and President Bush. http://bit.ly/afkXup

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A Little Bit More

This song is about this crazy experience with this girl who was trying to get close to me, and it freaked me out because she was really close to another friend of mine [Jamie Lidell]http://bit.ly/axkFOi

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Red Blooms

This song "takes inspiration from a news item about some of the missing people [in Russia] every winter who are unaccounted for until the spring. And then they find these bodies thawing beneath the layers of ice". [Joey Burns] http://bit.ly/a05J3q

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The Waves Crash In

This song is about an old man filled with pride and sadness that his daughter was old enough to leave home and go out into the world. [jason pierce] http://bit.ly/aZd86H