Happy Birthday, Ryan Adams

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Happy birthday, Ryan Adams.

Here are five songs that we love dearly.

Speakers in Code


From the III/IV post-Cardinals breakup album, Adams wrote this for his dog, Gracie. “You’re in my heart and you’re in my soul, but I gotta let you go…”

Rock N Roll

It doesn’t rock, and that’s fine. It’s not even two minutes, and that’s also fine. If I had to guess, it’s about those nights that depression has won, and you just aren’t able to leave the house. “There’s this girl I can’t get out of my head…”

Chin Up, Cheer Up

I almost listed “Harder Now That’s It’s Over” or “Rip Off,” but I often wonder: Does the world know about “Chin Up, Cheer Up”?? Maybe. But I’m just making sure.

Starlite Diner

I wondered about this song for so long. What’s it about? Love? Drugs? Is he hallucinating? Or is he just lost? Maybe he’s all those things. “Is it possible to love someone too much? You bet.”


“Call in the backup, and the backup comes / But no one can help you if you won’t.” Addiction is no good.

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