Lyrics Undercover 328: “Shake It Off” – Taylor Swift

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  The first single from her album titled ‘1989’, this track finds Taylor Swift dismissing all those haters out there. “I’ve had to learn a pretty tough lesson in the past couple years that people can say whatever they want about [you] at any time, and we cannot control that,” said Swift. “The only thing we can control is our reaction to that: You can either let it get to you, [or] you just shake it off.”
 

Lyrics Undercover 327: “God Save The Queen” – Sex Pistols

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  The 1970’s saw a major uptick in the British punk movement. The youth of England were growing increasingly angry and frustrated with the British monarchy and the establishment it represented. The essence of punk music was to mock the establishment, to create a wave or culture that would soon be felt throughout the European continent and across the pond in the United States.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 326: Auld Lang Syne – Robert Burns

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  Commonly sung on New Year’s Eve to summon in the new year, Auld Lang Syne is one of those songs most all are familiar with, but very few know the meaning. It is likely that the lyrics to this song are among the top Google searches each December 31st, starting just before the countdown to midnight. This special holiday case of Lyrics Undercover should shed a little light on the well known, but often forgotten song of the new year. Be sure to sing along if you remember the words to this original version of the holiday staple!
 
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Lyrics Undercover 325: “You Can Call Me Al” – Paul Simon

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  The 1986 album ‘Graceland’ marked Paul Simon’s return to musical success. Inspired by a cassette of traditional South African Township music, blending the sounds of Jaiva with zydeco and pop rock, the record began with a controversial two week stint of recordings in Johannesburg South Africa with local musicians. The first track on side two of ‘Graceland’ would become Simon’s greatest hit – and its music video would forever be remembered as the video starring Chevy Chase. This song is of course ‘You Can Call Me Al.’
 
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Lyrics Undercover 324: “Call me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jepsen

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  The song that quickly became a YouTube lip sync phenomena grew in popularity so much, that even the United States Olympic Swimming Team had a video gone viral of the team lip and dancing syncing to the track. ‘Call Me Maybe’ was Carly Rae Jepsen’s first single release after her Canadian Idol debut.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 323: “Hurricane” – Bob Dylan

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  Born in Duluth Minnesota in 1941, Robert Zimmerman learned to play the guitar and harmonica as a child. Inspired by such blues and country artists as Woody Guthrie and Hank Williams, Zimmerman would form a band in high school called the Golden Chords. After graduating in 1959, Zimmerman enrolled in the art program at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. During his time at college he would play folk songs at local coffee houses, and it was at this time that he changed his name to Bob Dylan, crediting the change in last name to poet Dylan Thomas.
 

Lyrics Undercover 322: “Tequila” – The Champs

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  Lyrics Undercover is dedicated to giving you the story behind the lyrics of songs. And no song lyrics are better known than ‘Tequila’ by The Champs. First released in the 1950’s by the instrumental quintet, this track saw the top of the song charts in 1958 and smashed it’s way back into the mainstream consciousness in 1985 during an iconic dance scene in the movie Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 321: “Wagon Wheel” – Old Crow Medicine Show

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  If you were asked what Bob Dylan was in the world of music, what he represented, it’s hard to imagine your answer would be that he “might be the most important country music maker in the 20th century… but we don’t know it.” Those are precisely the words that Ketch Secor used to describe Dylan in an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine.
 
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Lyrics Undercover 319: “All About That Bass” – Meghan Trainor

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  For every thousand songs about a woman with the perfect image there is one song that re-assures girls that they are perfect the way they are. That song for the year 2014 was Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass.” A positive and upbeat earworm, the pop tune was Trainor’s first chart-topping song and it put her on the global map.
 
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