"Friends In Low Places" by Garth Brooks was written by two Nashville songwriters after a meal in a local restaurant. One of them forgot his money, but said not to worry, "I have friends in low places. I know the cook."
Elvis Costello says "Everyday I Write The Book" is a knockoff of Nick Lowe's "When I Write the Book."
"Sister Christian" was written by Night Ranger drummer Kelly Keagy, who was imploring his younger sister to be careful in her reckless youth, especially when "motoring" (driving around) with friends.
"Heaven" by The Psychedelic Furs sounds upbeat, but is about an impending nuclear bombardment.
The Pretenders are named after the 1956 song "The Great Pretender" by The Platters.
Adam Levine of Maroon 5 made it obvious who their song "This Love" was about when he named the album "Songs About Jane."
U2, Carly Simon, Joanna Newsom, Brian Wilson and Fiona Apple have all gone to Van Dyke Parks to make their songs exceptional.
From the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.
Cain talks about the divine inspirations for "Don't Stop Believin'" and "Faithfully."
Justin wrote the classic "Nights In White Satin," but his fondest musical memories are from a different decade.
She thinks of herself as a "song interpreter," but back in the '80s another country star convinced Emmylou to take a crack at songwriting.
Mike Rutherford talks about the "Silent Running" storyline and "Land Of Confusion" in the age of Trump.
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