Writing the title track to his debut album was a cathartic experience for Sutherland. "I had friends who got into a lifestyle and paid a real price - the ultimate - and I don't know how to express that tragedy," he told Monterey County Now. "I've had moments in my own life when I felt closer to that place than I do now. Writing a song helped me deal with it. It kept memories of those situations and people I lost alive. There's a weird comfort in that for me."
David Bowie's "Space Oddity" tells the story of an astronaut who cuts off communication and floats into space. The BBC used it extensively in their coverage of the 1969 moon landing - an odd choice considering the lyrics.
The TV show Cheers was nearly canceled after its first season, but the theme song, "Where Everybody Knows Your Name," was very popular. To satisfy viewer demand, the theme was made into a full song and released as a single.
"Come Dancing" by The Kinks was inspired by the older sister of Ray Davies, who would make guys take her out dancing and spend their money on her, only to send them home frustrated with just a peck on the cheek.