"The Cave" by Mumford & Sons is based on the philosophy of Plato and his work called "Allegory of the Cave."
In "I Walk The Line," Johnny Cash hums before each verse. He did this to get his pitch, as the song changes key several times.
The song "Knock On Wood" was confusing to UK listeners because the saying there is "Touch Wood."
The Devo song "Freedom Of Choice" is about mindless consumerism - how people like to make frivolous choices, but otherwise want to be told what to do.
Amy Winehouse really did refuse "Rehab." She said she drank because she was lovesick, and "you can't go into rehab for that."
With a message of acceptance and inclusivity, "True Colors" became a gay rights anthem. Cyndi Lauper help form an organization called True Colors United to help support LGBTQ youth.
There are no more rock stars - the last one died in 1994.
If counterpoint and polyrhythms are your thing, you might love these guys. Even by Progressive Rock standards, they were one of the most intricate bands of the '70s. Then their lead singer gave us Bon Jovi.
What's the deal with "Summer of '69"? Bryan explains what the song is really about, and shares more of his songwriting insights.
"Dead Skunk" became a stinker for Loudon when he felt pressure to make another hit - his latest songs deal with mortality, his son Rufus, and picking up poop.
Laura Nyro talks about her complex, emotionally rich songwriting and how she supports women's culture through her art.
After studying in Paris with a famous composition teacher, Charles became the most successful writer of TV theme songs.