Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song

The Exclusive Personal Stories Behind Your Favorite Songs

Foreword by: Lamont Dozier
You will get an inside look at the personal stories behind your favorite songs as songwriters get up close and personal with exclusive stories about how and why they wrote them.

Songs tell a story, and now popular singers and songwriters are sharing more of the story! These artists reveal the inspiration, influence, and background, and when and why they wrote their most famous songs, in Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Story Behind the Song. Includes great photos of the songwriters. The print edition contains the lyrics to all 101 songs, and the eBook includes lyrics to 85 of the songs.

Songs, with personal stories behind them, many of which are being told for the first time, include: Storyteller/Songwriter Song Title

Aaron Lewis, Staind Outside

Aaron Neville Yellow Moon

Aaron Tippin Kiss This

Amanda McBroom The Rose

Angélique Kidjo Batonga

Ann Wilson, Heart Dog and Butterfly

Barry Manilow One Voice

Billy Bob Thornton The Poor House

Billy Steinberg True Colors

Brenda Russell Get Here

Carly Simon Let the River Run

Carol Connors With You I’m Born Again

Carole Bayer Sager That’s What Friends Are For

Christina Aguilera Fighter

Chynna Phillips Hold On

Clint Black When I Said I Do

Corey Taylor (Slipknot) Duality

Darius Rucker It Won’t Be Like This For Long

Daryl Hall Sara Smile

David Cassidy Stand and Be Proud

Diane Warren Because You Loved Me

Diane Warren I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing

Doug Ingle (Iron Butterfly) In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida

Ed Robertson (Barenaked Ladies) Easy

Eddie Money Two Tickets To Paradise

Enrique Iglesias Be With You

Art Alexakis (Everclear) Father Of Mine

Gavin Rossdale Love Remains the Same

Greg Camp (Smash Mouth) All Star

Hal David What the World Needs Now Is Love

Howard Hewett Say Amen

Howie Dorough (Backstreet Boys) What Makes You Different (Makes You Beautiful)

Huey Lewis The Heart Of Rock n’ Roll

Iggy Pop Lust For Life

Jack Tempchin Peaceful Easy Feeling

Janis Ian At Seventeen

Jeff Barry Walkin’ In the Sun

Jeff Barry Tell Laura I Love Her

Jerry Cantrell (Alice in Chains) Rooster

Jewel Hands

Jim Croce (by Ingrid Croce) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown

Jim Croce (by Ingrid Croce) Operator

Jim Peterik (Survivor) Eye Of the Tiger

Joan Jett Bad Reputation

John Legend Ordinary People

John Oates She’s Gone

John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) Do You Believe In Magic

John Sebastian (Lovin’ Spoonful) Daydream

Kanye West Welcome To Heartbreak

Kelly Keagy (Night Ranger) Midnight Madness

Kenny Loggins Moose ‘n Me

Kim Carnes Don’t Fall In Love With a Dreamer

Lamont Dozier Stop In the Name of Love

Lamont Dozier Where Did Our Love Go

Larry Gatlin All the Gold In California

Lisa Loeb Stay

Liz Phair Divorce Song

Macy Gray Sweet Baby

Mark Hoppus (Blink 182) The Rock Show

Mel B (Spice Girls) Mama

Melissa Etheridge Come To My Window

Melissa Manchester Midnight Blue

Melissa Manchester Power Of Ribbons

Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) Tusk

Mick Jones (Foreigner) Feels Like the First Time

Mick Jones (Foreigner) Waiting For A Girl Like You

Nathan Morris (Boyz II Men) One Sweet Day

Neil Sedaka Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Pam Tillis Cleopatra, the Queen Of Denial

Paul Anka The Longest Day

Paul Anka My Way

Phil Vassar Just Another Day In Paradise

Philip Bailey (Earth, Wind & Fire) Shining Star

Stephen Pearcy (RATT) Round and Round

Ray Stevens The Streak

Richard Marx Right Here Waiting

Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) It’s My Life

Richie Sambora (Bon Jovi) Livin’ On A Prayer

Rick Springfield Jesse’s Girl

Robert Lamm (Chicago) Saturday In the Park

Rodney Jerkins Say My Name

Ronald LaPread (Commodores) Zoom

Roy Hay (Culture Club) Do You Really Want To Hurt Me

Roy Thomas Baker for Freddie Bohemian Rhapsody

Mercury (Queen)

Ryan Tedder (One Republic) Apologize

Ryan Tedder Bleeding Love

Sean Garrett Burn

Shelby Lynne Johnny Met June

Siedah Garrett Man In the Mirror

Smokey Robinson Cruisin’

Steals Brothers Could It Be I’m Falling In Love

Stephen Bishop On and On

Taylor Dayne Beautiful

Tom Higgenson (Plain White T’s) Hey There Delilah

Toni Tennille Do That To Me One More Time

Tony Asher Wouldn’t It Be Nice

Tracy Lawrence If the World Had A Front Porch

Walter Orange (Commodores) Nightshift

Warren Haynes Soulshine

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  • Chicken Soup for the Soul | 
  • 448 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781935096405 | 
  • November 2009
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About the Authors

Jack Canfield

Jack Canfield is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.


Mark Victor Hansen

Mark Victor Hansen is a co-founder of Chicken Soup for the Soul.




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