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20 Stories Behind Famous Songs
Can you pick the songs from their things that inspired them?
Updated Jul 5, 2014
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This song was inspired by the singer/songwriter's abusive relationship with Chris Brown.
Jimmy Dean wrote this song about actor John Mentoe who was 6'5''.
Billy Joel wrote this song about a prostitute who he hoped would run away with him.
Paul wrote this song about a fictional old woman. Her last name came from the name of a liquor store.
Flo Rida wrote this song about the passing of his sister.
This song is about H.P. Lovecraft's story 'The Shadow Over Innsmouth.'
This song was created after the songwriter asked a New York movie usher, 'Hey man, what time is it?'
Rick Springfield wrote this song about the girlfriend of a man in a stained glass class he took. The guy's name was actually Gary.
Shel Silverstein wrote the lyrics to this song which was performed for the first time ever on the stage at San Quentin prison.
None of the writers of this song had ever been to the Wild, Wonderful state, but based it on postcard images.
This song is from the view of a Vietcong soldier and the title is a line from the film Apocalypse Now.
This song was inspired by a sign telling the songwriter's mother to come into his room before she left for work.
This song is about life on the Mississippi and references the name for the river in Tom Sawyer.
This may be the only song ever written about linguistic imperialism.
This Rush song was inspired by a poem of Walt Whitman but drops the words 'Endlessly Rocking'.
This song was inspired by a Bo Diddley tune and Diddly appeared in the music video.
This song is about writing a song at 3:34 or 3:35 A.M.
This song was inspired by a comment Bill Dees made about the attractiveness of Roy Orbison's wife.
This song was inspired by a girl's name and phone number on a bathroom wall.
This song was written for Miami DJ Robert Walker who helped make KC & the Sunshine Band popular.
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