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  • "All the World is Green" from Blood Money, a beautiful love song to an unfaithful wife right in the middle of his bleakest album.
  • "You Can Never Hold Back Spring" from Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards. (something originally written for one of Roberto Begnini's movies).
    • From the same album (on the same disc), "Never Let Go." It's both this and a powerful Tear Jerker, but it's basically about someone swearing that, no matter what happens and despite what the world may throw at them, he will never let go of the recipient's hand.
    But I'll never let go of your hand
  • "Jersey Girl" from Heartattack and Vine, written for his wife:
    You know she thrills me with all her charms
    When I'm wrapped up in my baby's arms
    • Pretty much all of his not-in-obvious-character love songs over the last 30 years are about her, which becomes even more heartwarming when you know that he pretty much credits her with saving his life (or at least his liver).
    There's a place on my arm where I've written her name next to mine / See, I just can't live without her...
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  • "Come On Up to the House". At the end of Mule Variations, one of his darkest albums, this song dispels the gloom with a sincere encouragement to not wallow in self-pity.
    Come down off the cross, we can use the wood!


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