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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 09: Singer and songwriter John Mellencamp performs during Farm Aid at Randall's Island on September 9, 2007 in New York City. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images)

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John Mellencamp: “Crumblin’ Down”

The Hook: A political song that wasn’t recognized as one at the time.

Year: 1983

Album: Uh-Huh

Writers: John Mellencamp and George Green

Stats: Peaked at number-nine on the Billboard Hot 100 and number-two on the Top Tracks mainstream rock chart.

Background: John Mellencamp and his songwriting collaborator George Green had something in mind when they wrote “Crumblin’ Down.” Mellencamp admits that a lot of people didn’t really get what that was.

John Mellencamp on “Crumblin’ Down.” OC:…what happens. :16

“I recorded ‘Crumblin’ Down’ in 1983 and it was a very political song, but wasn’t understood at the time to be that way – they thought it was about me. I don’t know why everybody thinks that because a guy writes a song that it’s about himself, but that seems to be what happens.”