Jack Garratt told NME the story behind this song: “It came from an emotion in me of yearning for someone to take care of themselves. That empathy we feel for the people we love the most, who seem unaware how much they”re loved. This song looks at that selfishness, with the idea “You should take care of yourself, because then I”ll be happier.” An interesting way of expressing one”s ego.”
Blank SpaceTaylor Swift
Taylor Swift became the first ever female in the history of the Hot 100 to succeed herself at #1, when “Blank Space” dethroned the songstress” previous single, “Shake It Off” from the top spot.
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Papa Don”t PreachMadonna
Madonna didn”t write “Papa Don”t Preach,” which deals with abortion. What drew her to the song was the singer standing up to male authority.
Brian WilsonBarenaked Ladies
Brian Wilson played Barenaked Ladies “Brian Wilson” at some of his concerts. He was “honored” by the song.
Piano ManBilly Joel
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Freedom Of ChoiceDevo
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Chelsea DaggerThe Fratellis
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Cy Curnin of The FixxSongwriter Interviews
The man who brought us “Red Skies” and “Saved By Zero” is now an organic farmer in France.
Tom Keifer of CinderellaSongwriter Interviews
Tom talks about the evolution of Cinderella”s songs through their first three albums, and how he writes as a solo artist.
Chris Squire of YesSongwriter Interviews
One of the most dynamic bass player/songwriters of his time, Chris is the only member of Yes who has been with the band since they formed in 1968.
RamonesFact or Fiction
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Andy McClusky of OMDSongwriter Interviews
Known in America for the hit “If You Leave,” OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.
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We”ve heard of artists putting their hearts into their music, but some take it literally.