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Sheehan: “There’s some wild playing in the middle of it. In the second part of the first riff, Richie and I do something together that I still have to figure out. I have it on my computer, and I keep listening to it over and over. I’ll get it eventually.
“Originally, the song was called ‘You’re Not Hopeless,’ but I said to Richie, ‘It’s Not Hopeless – what about that?’ That just seemed to make a little more sense to me. Sometimes a subtle change can make a big difference in what you’re trying to say.
“Richie had a lot of lyrics that were completely done and great, but we did some tweaks like that, where I made those kinds of suggestions. He was kind enough to listen to them and abide. I love the lyrical sentiment of this song. No matter what it is that you’re facing, there’s a way to get up and get around it. I don’t hear it often enough in this manner.”