Homework: Song Memories

Listeners discuss the songs that accompanied memorable moments in their lives. To respond to homework, e-mail homework@npr.org or call the homework hotline, 202-408-5183.

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JACKI LYDEN, host:

And now it's time to hear from you. Last week, you were asked to tell us about a song that changed your life. Thanks to everyone who replied. Here are two of your stories.

(Soundbite of song "Old Man")

Ms. MAUREEN CAVANAUGH(ph) (Caller): My name is Maureen Cavanaugh, and I'm from Brooklyn, New York. There's this man on the F-train line at 14th Street, and he plays only Neil Young songs, and he plays them very passionately.

(Soundbite of song "Old Man")

Mr. NEIL YOUNG (Singer): (Singing) I've been first and last. Look at how the time goes fast, but I'm all alone…

Ms. CAVANAUGH: After September 11, I took the F-train, and he was there, and he was playing "Old Man," and everyone in the station started to sing along.

(Soundbite of song "Old Man")

Mr. YOUNG: (Singing) Old man, take a look at my life. I'm a lot like you.

Ms. CAVANAUGH: It was a really together time, where it felt like you were in a community. That's the first experience where I felt like I was kind of in a small town.

(Soundbite of song "I'm Moving On")

Ms. MELISSA TIERNEY(ph) (Caller): My name is Melissa Tierney, and I'm from Las Vegas, Nevada. The song that truly influenced my life is "Moving On" by Rascal Flatts.

(Soundbite of song "I'm Moving On")

Mr. GARY LEVOX (Singer): (Singing) I'm moving on.

Ms. TIERNEY: I was in the car with my mom, driving up to Idaho to go to college. My mom, who was beside me, was going to be leaving me there, and I wasn't going to have her comfort with me anymore, and then the song came on, and both of us just knew that it was meant to be. It was very emotional and very profound.

(Soundbite of song "I'm Moving On")

Mr. LEVOX: (Singing) There comes a time.

Ms. TIERNEY: I just hadn't - I didn't know at that point how much life there was and how much I would experience.

LYDEN: To all those who are moving on to college this weekend, we wish you the best of luck.

(Soundbite of song "I'm Moving On")

Mr. LEVOX: (Singing) And I have made up my mind that those days are gone. I sold what I could…

LYDEN: Up next, a mayor who got his start in a brewpub is planning a big party in Denver. This is NPR News.

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