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Pat Benatar struck gold yet again in the early 1980s. Here, the song is about a woman who is stuck in a relationship which appears to be failing, yet the lovers are still too attached to let go. (thanks, Mike - Santa Barbara, CA)
This was written by Eric Lowen and Dan Navarro. They later recorded as the duo Lowen & Navarro. Navarro recalled the story of the song during a talk with Bart Herbison, Executive Director of Nashville Songwriters Association International (Source The Tennessean) "I was kind of lamenting an old relationship, and I kind of wanted to get the point across: 'It doesn't matter if you agree, or disagree, if you're here or gone. There are things that are bigger than both of us, and we belong together.,'" he recalled. "I started with that final line and built everything almost backwards. Then I thought, 'Wouldn't it be fun for us to belong to all of this stuff: the light, the thunder ...' So it came from there."
"I had written this rambling verse. (Eric) goes, 'I don't like the verse. I like this bit, Dan.'" Navarro added. "He sits down in a corner, writes a first verse, and the first verse was there, whole. And I knew the rest of the song from that point on. I took about ten minutes to write the rest of the lyric. I had set up the destination. He had set up the basis to the story. And I've always believed that next to the chorus — and sometimes even more than the chorus — the first two lines of the song are the most important in the whole song. You've got to hear enough to draw you in, but not so much that you don't want to hear the rest of the song."
This was used in the movie Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby and also in an episode of The Office.
Kerry Livgren of Kansas
In this talk from the '80s, the Kansas frontman talks turning to God and writing "Dust In The Wind."
Don Brewer of Grand Funk
The drummer and one of the primary songwriters in Grand Funk talks rock stardom and Todd Rundgren.
Songs Discussed in Movies
, Reservoir Dogs
, Willy Wonka
. Just a few of the flicks where characters discuss specific songs, sometimes as a prelude to murder.