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The lyrics start off with: "The sweet smell of a great sorrow lies over the land, Plumes of smoke rise and merge into the leaden sky," which has overtones from the John Steinbeck classic Grapes Of Wrath. In fact, the whole song seems to borrow ideas described in the book - these can be found in every alternate chapter, with one chapter describing the journey of a family and the next describing how the community on the whole is evolving. (thanks, Srikar - Bangalore, India)
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Greg talks about writing songs of "universal truth" for King Crimson and ELP, and tells us about his most memorable stage moment (it involves fireworks).
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.
Gary Louris of The Jayhawks
The Jayhawks' song "Big Star" has special meaning to Gary, who explains how longevity and inspiration have trumped adulation.