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“We always loved the lyrics, but this was a tough song to figure out. The first version that we had was so far away from this one. It was a little more ethereal, with delays that were a la The Edge – too much so. We scrapped it and started working on something else that was quite different. And then we scrapped that, too – it just wasn’t right.
“It happens like that sometimes: you know when you’re forcing it. After the first two versions, we took a whole new approach, with the straight fours and a very traditional chordal progression. It really suited the lyrics. It was defiant, it was a strong statement, and it had enough interest in it to be interesting. Yet it was still very basic in its delivery, which I think is good on a record like this because of all its complexity.
“I love the way the guitar sounds. It’s huge and classic… a sick Marshall sound. Rich [Chycki] is such a terrific engineer.”