A special edition of Daily Song Facts featuring songs with a short amount of trivia. Enjoy!
Fat Lip by Sum 41
- This is about lead singer Deryck Whibley's parents. His parents wanted him to be just another normal person, but Deryck wanted to do what he loved. At concerts, he explained that this was about his parents and about being a teenager, doing whatever the hell YOU want, and not giving a damn about what other people think about it.
- The song's music video was directed by Marc Klasfeld, who has also worked with the likes of Katy Perry, Jay-Z, and Foo Fighters. Deryck Whibley told Kerrang! regarding the clip: "There was no concept - the only idea for the video was literally to show up, play and film a bunch of stupid s--t! We had to start at 6 a.m. and be really energetic. So we turned to booze, which always helps, and just spent the day having fun! There was so much jumping in that video, by the second day we couldn't walk! The crew had to put this icy cream on our legs to help and it smelled so bad."
Here Without You by 3 Doors Down
- Lead singer Brad Arnold says he wrote this song with his (now-ex) wife as inspiration. He didn't write it for her - there's a difference. He laughs when he talks about how wrong he was with his declaration of "when the last one falls, when all is said and done." But then, who can possibly predict the future? "The song's just about being away from someone, or missing them," he clarifies. "And it really doesn't matter if you're here without them for all day or all month. It's just kind of about the lonely and missing of somebody, but people kind of take that sort of as a little bit of a sad song. And in a way, I kind of meant it as a happy song. And the reason being because it's talking about being here without you, but she's still with me in my dreams. 'And tonight, it's only you and me,' so the song was really just about that dream. And being in a state of peace, because you've got that person there with you in your sleep. And in that way I kind of meant for it to be a little bit of a happy song."
- This is an important song to many military personnel who find themselves away from their loved ones with their lives in danger. 3 Doors Down bass player Todd Harrell told us that many of their songs are written in a way that is open for interpretation, and that "'Here Without You' is a song that a lot of military folks get a lot of things out of." He adds, "We're all from the Gulf Coast area and it is a military town. We all have friends and family who are in the military. We have a foundation here that the National Guard is a part of and we really want to support the men and women that give up so much to keep us free. We did tours overseas and have seen firsthand how much the men and women give up to go do what they do. Because they don't do it for the money. It's just our way of saying thank you, and our way of saying we support you and everything they do."
Would You Be Impressed? by Streetlight Manifesto
- The album this song is on landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart, following its November 2007 release.
Walking the Cow by Daniel Johnston
- The title was inspired by an illustration on a wrapper for Blue Bell ice cream depicting a young girl attempting to lead a reluctant cow by its reins.
- In October 1994, Pearl Jam covered the song in a performance at Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit concert, and this subsequently became available on the bootleg album In Rock We Trust. Pearl Jam lead singer Eddie Vedder used the song to open every show of his 2008 solo tour.
- Daniel Johnston did an updated version of the song on his 2010 album Beam Me Up!.
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