Will be out of vogue!
Then what of the national throat? Will it not weaken? What of the national chest? Will it not shrink?
The Menace of Mechanical Music by John Philip Sousa

John Philip Sousa — great composer, lousy predictor of the future of the music business. American music only became the most popular in the world in the era of recorded music — way more popular than in Sousa’s era

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All incentive to further creative work is lacking, and compositions will no longer flow from their pens; or where they will be compelled to refrain from publishing their compositions at all, and control them in manuscript? What, then, of the playing and talking machines? The Menace of Mechanical Music by John Philip Sousa

Not true. Musicians still got paid during the era of recorded music — even more than before! But the era of digital music…

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I dropped out of college and made more dough than my teachers You a Lie by Rockie Fresh 1

Rockie dropped out of Columbia College in Chicago — and it seems to have worked out pretty well for him

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[Hook x2] Old School Caddy by Hit-Boy (Ft. Kid Cudi)

Based on this video, and the title of the song, Old School Caddy beats New School Benz

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I tell my mom she raised a hell of a child
Four kids alone with no daddy
Old School Caddy by Hit-Boy (Ft. Kid Cudi)

Cudi has always shown love for his mom because of the way she raised him as a single mother with 3 other kids. Cudi’s dad died of cancer when Cudi was 11. He has 2 older brothers, Domingo and Dean, and a sister

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[Hook x2] Old School Caddy by Hit-Boy (Ft. Kid Cudi)

Now it’s becoming clearer — Hit-Boy gets the “Old School Caddy” and Kid Cudi gets the “New School Benz” — for now…

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Uh, young playa with a skip school swag
But by the time I turned 20 I was popping tags
Old School Caddy by Hit-Boy (Ft. Kid Cudi)

Hit-Boy didn’t need to go to school to make money. He was able to “pop tags” — buy lots of expensive clothing — at the age of 20 because of his production success

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I would keep myself
I would find a way...
Hurt by Nine Inch Nails

Concept:

When you look to keep something, you do whatever you can to keep it from being thrown away. Our character shot himself in the head (according to the previous track) so he has discarded himself. If he were able to start again, however, he would keep himself and not try to “kill it all away” again. Instead, he would find a way to live.

Drug:

He may regret how his life has turned out and wishes he could have a “do-over,” but he would find a way to “keep himself” and remain as he is, rather than throw it all away.

After-thought:

Maybe Reznor is saying that even if he had the opportunity to start over he would not do it. Instead, he would choose to remain who he is, but make better choices, find a way to make it work.

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I wear this crown of thorns
Upon my liar's chair
Hurt by Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash changed this line from the Nine Inch Nails original “I wear this crown of shit to add a Biblical air to the song — Johnny Cash as Jesus figure. This Jesus motif really comes through in the powerful Mark Romanek-directed music video
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go#t=1m48s

When Cash mentions, I sit upon my liars chair, he could be referencing how he has always tried to cling to Christianity but has relapsed in the past.

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I wear this crown of shit
Upon my liar's chair
Hurt by Nine Inch Nails

Concept & Drug:

He’s supposedly the king, but his throne is a liar’s chair and his crown is made of shit, exactly the opposite of what a respectable king should be wearing.

Interestingly, Johnny Cash changed this line to “I wear this crown of thorns in a Jesus reference that works powerfully in the music video of his “Hurt” cover.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmVAWKfJ4Go#t=1m48s

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