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Luka
Suzanne Vega
Luka

Luka - Suzanne Vega

“This song was one of the earliest to deal with child abuse and domestic violence. One critic said, the ‘happy’ music is a metaphorical denial, making this seem beautiful and serene while discussing something terrible and devastating. It is a wonderful use of tune as a metaphor for how many abuse victims also deny their abuse, and is a profound classic.”

'Luka’ earned Vega nominations at the 1988 Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.“

Folsom Prison Blues
Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues

Folsom Prison Blues - Johnny Cash

Cash first recorded “Folsom Prison Blues, one of his earliest songs, for Sun in 1956. But it was the thrilling, electric ‘68 version, live at the prison, that defined his outlaw persona. Cash said he wrote the line "I shot a man in Reno/Just to watch him die,” while “trying to think of the worst reasonfor killing another person.” He added, “It did come to mind quite easily, though.”