"Soul Man" was a new term when the song was written in 1967. As defined by Sam & Dave, the "soul man" was a farmer "comin' to ya on a dusty road."
Wang Chung's '80s classic "Dance Hall Days" is about how things can start simple but end up complex. First you "take your baby by the hand," but by the end she has an amethyst in her mouth.
The line, "Gotta keep 'em separated" in "Come Out And Play" by The Offspring came to lead singer Dexter Holland when he was a medical student and needed to keep bacteria samples away from each other.
16-tear-old Lorde wrote the lyrics to "Royals" at home in just half an hour. She was inspired by the "ridiculous, unrelatable, unattainable opulence" that runs through such albums as Kanye West and Jay-Z's Watch the Throne and Lana Del Rey's Born To Die.
"Piano Man" was inspired by Billy Joel's time playing at a piano bar in Los Angeles. The "real estate novelist" was a guy who always talked about writing a book, but spent all his spare time in the bar.
The lyrics for "Mary, Did You Know?" were written by Christian singer and comedian Mark Lowry, after his pastor asked him to write a Christmas musical for their church. Southern gospel musician Buddy Greene later added music to his words.
Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
The Red Hot Chili Peppers have some rather unusual song titles - see if you can spot the real ones.
The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in "Drop the Pilot."
Famous songs that lent their titles - and in some cases storylines - to movies.
One of the most popular classical vocalists in the land is lining up a trip to space, which is the inspiration for many of her songs.
The Temptations also had Motown's 1st Grammy winner-Cloud 9 ('68)-and 2 more Top 10s-Psychedelic Shack ('69) and Ball o' Confusion ('70)-same formula.