Richard Harris, who played Professor Dumbledore in the first two Harry Potter movies, had a hit in 1968 with "MacArthur Park."
"Paranoid" reflects a feeling Black Sabbath bass player Geezer Butler often felt after using drugs.
Rihanna claims that "S&M" is about her love/hate relationship with the media. Apparently her paparazzi are using whips and chains.
The Temptations sang backup on "Super Freak" by Rick James. He mentions them in the song when he says, "Temptations, sing!"
Chrissie Hynde got the phrase "Brass In Pocket" from a Northern England slang term meaning you had some money, "brass" meaning coins.
Eminem sampled the song "Thank You" by the British singer Dido on his 2000 hit "Stan."
Dave reveals the inspiration for "Feelin' Alright" and explains how the first song he ever wrote became the biggest hit for his band Traffic.
The king of Christian worship music explains talks about writing songs for troubled times.
Waters tells the "Gypsy Woman" story, shares some of her songwriting insights, and explains how Dennis Rodman ended up on one of her songs.
Switchfoot's frontman and main songwriter on what inspires the songs and how he got the freedom to say exactly what he means.
Phone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.
Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?
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