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Famous Songs With Surprising Back Stories

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Vote up the songs with the craziest backstory.

Some of the biggest songs in history were written about unexpectedly deep subject matter. While many of history's best songs are straightforward,  others aren't so cut and dry. 

Whether it's the disturbing incident that inspired Van Halen's "Jump," the court case that inspired Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me," or the love triangle behind the Eric Clapton-penned "Layla," there are some truly crazy backstories behind some of your favorite songs. Here are a few of the most surprising. 

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