Chicken Soup for the Soul (Paperback)

The Story Behind the Song: The Exclusive Personal Stories Behind Your Favorite Songs

By Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Jo-Ann Geffen, Lamont Dozier (Foreword by)

Chicken Soup for the Soul, 9781935096405, 448pp.

Publication Date: November 10, 2009

Other Editions of This Title:
Pre-Recorded Audio Player (3/15/2011)

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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


About the Author

Jack Canfield is co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul® series, which includes forty New York Times bestsellers, and coauthor of The Success Principles: How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be. He is a leader in the field of personal transformation and peak performance and is currently CEO of the Canfield Training Group and Founder and Chairman of the Board of The Foundation for Self-Esteem. An internationally renowned corporate trainer and keynote speaker, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.

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