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In this song, the singer has very strong feelings for a girl that he can't attain. All he can do is think about her in his dreams.
There are some references to real people in this song: Jeanie Shrimpton was a model in the '60s, and Bill Wyman was the bass player in The Rolling Stones. (thanks, John - Los Angeles, CA)
Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.
Only Madonna, Beyoncé, Janet Jackson and Rihanna have more #1 Dance hits than Kristine.
Van Dyke Parks
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.