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Feels Like the First Time by Foreigner
Mick Jones music career started in France, where he spent six years learning to write, produce and perform songs.
In his early 20s he returned to England with the goal of eventually becoming a successful musician in America. Spending time in the band Spooky Tooth with Gary Wright of "Dream Weaver" fame, he made it to the States as a scout before and forming the band Foreigner.
He said of this first song, it was written about a bit of a change in my life. I was coming out of a previous marriage with somebody I'd met in France. To me it was this challenge of really going for a new start in my life. It signified a new start. I'd met somebody, I got re-married and moved with her to America, and that was the song that described that experience.
With a Little Help From My Friends by The Beatles
That song was written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney specifically for Ringo Starr but they had one line in the song he refused to sing.
It was ‘What would you do if I sang out of tune? Would you stand up and throw tomatoes at me?’
Ringo said, ‘There’s not a chance in hell am I going to sing this line,’ because we still had lots of really deep memories of the kids throwing jelly beans and toys on stage; and I thought that if we ever did get out there again, I was not going to be bombarded with tomatoes.
Reach Out I’ll Be There by The Four Tops
The song was written by Motown songwriting team of Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland (Holland-Dozier-Holland).
Dozier explained: "Brian, Eddie and I often had discussions about what women really want most of all from a man, and after talking about some of our experiences with women, we all agreed that they wanted someone to be there for them, through thick or thin.
Thus the song was born."
Parachute by Chris Stapleton
Chris Stapleton recalled: "I had a dream and woke up with the lyrics 'you only need a roof when it's raining…' rolling around in my head.
Didn't really know what they meant. I liked the sound of it though.
When I got together with my friend Jim Beavers that day, I walked in the room and he was playing music that was clearly meant for the lyrics I had dreamt.
It seemed the two were meant to meet that day. Some days are luckier than others."
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