Stories behind some of the most famous songs of all time

By:  Yash Guwalani

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Music lovers don’t just listen to their favorite songs but try to find meaning in them. We have compiled a list of some of the most famous songs and the bizarre stories behind them. Check them out!

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1. Tears in Heaven by Eric Clapton

Eric Clapton’s 4 year old son Conor Clapton died after falling from a window on 53rd floor, where his mother was staying in New York City. Eric was asked to write a song for the ending of a movie and he wrote a song called ‘Help me up”. Then, Clapton saw another place in the movie and asked the director if he can write a song about his boy and thus the beautiful song ‘Tears in Heaven’ came to life. After Conor's death, Clapton appeared in Public Service Announcements urging parents to put up gates to keep their children away from danger.

Eric Clapton won six Grammys that year. He was nominated for Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal.

2. Wish you were here by Pink Floyd

In 1975, Pink Floyd band members decided to write a tribute album, it was going to be based on Syd Barrett, the fallen musical member of Pink Floyd. The song ‘Wish you were here’ is an ode by Pink Floyd band members for their founder.

“I wrote and rewrote and rewrote and rewrote that lyric because I wanted it to be as close as possible to what I felt. There’s a truthful feeling in that piece. That sort of indefinable, inevitable melancholy about the disappearance of Syd. He’s withdrawn so far away that he’s no longer there.” Waters said.

3. Gravity by John Mayer

This has to be my favorite John Mayer. The beautiful guitar and the slow and steady drums takes you to another place. However, only little know the story behind this song. Gravity is a testament to the hardships of life. Gravity is used as a metaphor by John Mayer, it is literally something which brings you down, it is that personal struggle. Here, John Mayer struggled with ego and is probably referencing to his ego problems as his gravity.

4. Can’t help falling in love by Elvis Presley

The most popular and the famous ‘love song’ by the king of rock n roll was featured in the 1961 movie ‘Blue Hawaii’. He wrote this song for her grandmother, and sung it to her on the occasion of her birthday. The melody is based on a French song called "Plaisir D'Amour, and Elvis usually ended his concerts with this one.

5. Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley

Hallelujah is considered the greatest song by Jeff Buckley, however, it was originally written by Leonard Cohen. The song is about a love which gone stale. Cohen used a lot of religious imagery, including references to some of the more notorious women in the bible like Bathsheba, Delilah and Mary.

Isn’t it surprising to know about such deep stores which were used as a reference to write our very own favorite songs?

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