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Common Seeks Justice for California Inmates

Common talks to inmates at a prison in Lancaster, California; Photo: Sade C. Joseph via Calmatters.org Rapper and social activist Common doesn’t only rap about current, hot-button issues, he does something about it. We’re seeing this now […]

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‘Wichita Lineman’: 5 Covers of the Infamous ‘Unfinished’ Song Glen Campbell Opened up the Loneliness Portal To

Glen Campbell performs ‘Wichita Lineman’ on ‘The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour’; Photo: YouTube The late country great Glen Campbell left us this past Tuesday (August 8) at 81-years-young due to complications from Alzheimer’s disease. The […]

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Lyricapsule: Son of Sam Killer is Caught; August 10, 1977

The Son of Sam serial killer’s fear-vice on the city of New York during the summer of 1977 ended on this day when NYC police captured David Berkowitz outside his Yonkers apartment. A lot of […]

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Lyricapsule: Jerry Garcia Dies; August 9, 1995

Photo: N/A Deadheads. Love ’em or hate their granola ways, they speak volumes of the power of the jam band messiah that was the founding member, iconic guitarist and voice of the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia. […]

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Lyricapsule: Decca Destroys Ray Peterson’s ‘Tell Laura I Love Her’; August 8, 1960

A famous actress once said that “he who hesitates is a damn fool.” In the music industry, there are many examples of fools and hesitations. Decca Records takes the prize with the decision to pass […]

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Best Lyric Vids of the Week: Volume XXIX

Oasis bring to life an endearing tale in the early 90s in which a random beautiful woman from San Francisco saved the band from a breakup, Coldplay show some political teeth, Grizzly Bear bring the home […]

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Randy Newman’s Dick is Bigger Than Trump’s, According to His Unreleased Song

Randy Newman back in 1977 singing ‘Short People’; Photo: Randy Newman/YouTube But you already knew that, right? Though the Americana pillar of aloof piano numbers has teased the lyrics to his purported phallic ballad before […]

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Lyricapsule: Hunter S. Thompson is Born; July 18, 1937

Photo: Annie Leibovitz Hunter S. Thompson, the wild, mad mind behind ‘gonzo journalism‘ was born on this day in 1937. A notorious devourer of life at a rapid pace, Thompson was just about the most reflective […]

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Lyricapsule: The Rolling Stones’ First Gig; July 12, 1962

The sweet, devilish Jagger-Richards essence of the new rock that rolled, The Rolling Stones, was born on this day in 1962. Triumphant tour commemorating the run now in the books, in the meantime, let’s roll the […]

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Lyricapsule: ‘Alley Oop’ the Caveman Goes No. 1; July 11, 1960

Debuting at the end of May in 1960, Dallas Frazier novelty gem “Alley Oop” caught the cover treatment from a band that hadn’t even formed yet, led by Hollywood session man Gary Paxton, landing a […]

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About Gavin Paul

Gavin Paul is SONGLYRICS' Editor-in-Chief. Chicago-bred, New York-sculpted, his words and ideas have appeared in publications ranging from Spin and Rolling Stone to The Chicago Sun-Times and Arborist News.