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INXS's, "Elegantly Wasted"
The Lyrics:
You're right.
This ain't the good life.
Why:
Sadly, this was the band's last big hit before lead vocalist Mike Hutchence's untimely death.
Submitted by: Joe
Spoons', "Romantic Traffic"
The Lyrics:
She's changing lanes
a bit too slow
someone hits her from behind
and she found new love
in romantic traffic
a place where dreams
turn on and off like the street lights
Why:
How is it romantic to be in a rear end car accident?
Submitted by: Celeste
The Rolling Stones', "Paint It Black"
The Lyrics:
I see a red door and I want to paint it black,
No colors anymore, I want them to turn black.
Why:
This whole song has a Spanish/Hindu/Middle Eastern feel (with the sitar and castanets); it is a song about a lost girlfriend.
Submitted by: Paul Warren
Merle Haggard's, "Kern River Blues"
The Lyrics:
I'm leaving town forever, kiss an old boxcar goodbye.
I'm leaving town forever, kiss an old boxcar goodbye.
I dug my blues out in the river, but the old Kern River is dry.
Why:
This was his last song Merle was singing cause he dug his blues in the river, but then the old Kern River was dry.
Submitted by: Darius Whitehead
Doris Day's, "Ain't We Got Fun"
The Lyrics:
In the winter in the Summer
Don't we have fun
Times are bum and getting bummer
Still we have fun
There's nothing surer
The rich get rich and the poor get poorer
In the meantime
In the between time
Ain't we got fun.
Why:
Despite of its upbeat melody, which was even more so with the Renee Olstead cover, the lyrics are a bitter satire on economic hardships, poverty and class divide.
Submitted by: LPG-Unit
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's, "Will the Circle Be Unbroken"
The Lyrics:
Oh, I followed close behind her
Tryin' to hold up and be brave
But I could not hide my sorrow
When they laid her in her grave
Why:
It is an upbeat song about the death and burial of the singer's mother.
Submitted by: David
Simon & Garfunkel's, "Cecilia"
The Lyrics:
Cecilia you're breaking my heart
you're shaking my confidence daily
Oh Cecilia
I'm down on my knees
I'm begging you please to come home
Why:
Lyrics describe breakup; however, background music is so loud it's kinda hard to hear.
Submitted by: Alyssa
Paul Revere & The Raiders', "Steppin' Out "
The Lyrics:
Well, I had to leave town because of Uncle Sam's deal, ha ha ha yeah
Well, I guess my good lovin' done lost its appeal
Because when I come back I heard the bad bad news
They say our big romance has been gettin' abused
Now tell me true, don't lie to me
Have you been step, step, step, step, step, step, steppin' out on me?
I've got ways of findin' out if you've been steppin' out on me
It'll do me good and I'll give you a piece of my mind
Why:
An Armed Forces soldier who is either on leave or has finished his enlistment returns home to discover his girlfriend has reportedly been seeing another man behind his back. In the song, he is confronting her and informing her that he has no qualms about ending the relationship if the story is true.
Submitted by: Bob
Mike + The Mechanics', "The Living Years"
The Lyrics:
I wasn't there that morning when my father passed away
I didn't get to tell him all the things I had to say
I think I caught his spirit, later that same year
I'm sure I heard his echo in my baby's newborn tears
Why:
This version of the song was initially promoted to give the impression about the disagreements between Mike Rutherford and his father, who had recently died. In an interview with Rutherford, he said:

"The lyrics were written by BA [Robertson] and the song is about something he went through. He lost his Dad and it's about the lack of communication between him and his father before he died. There's also the irony of him having a baby just after losing his father." Source: Wikipedia.org
Submitted by: Isac
The Postal Service's, "Nothing Better"
The Lyrics:
Tell me am I right to think that there could be nothing better
Than making you my wife and slowly growing old together.
Don't you feed me lines about some idealistic future.
Your heart won't heal right if you keep tearing out the sutures.
Why:
A man is in love with a woman and desperately wants her to stay, but she leaves him.
Submitted by: Tiffany

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