Contributing writer Jack Stokes returns with another volume of Songs with Must-Hear Backstories, a monthly feature that digs up the artist-validated stories behind the songs you love. Last time around, Jack revealed the origins behind songs by bands as varied as The Beatles, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and Fastball. This month, he stays eclectic with the real story behind classics by The Rolling Stones, Johnny Cash, and Semisonic among others.
Some songs are fun because they have no real meaning – “I Am the Walrus” anyone? – but others make more of an impact when you know the true stories behind them. Yes, it’s that time again. So, gather ’round, boys and girls, and we’ll clue you in to the origins of some of rock n’ roll’s greatest songs.