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John Connolly: “We almost put this song on the last record. You can never tell when something is just a piece of music. You might think something is a song, but until you sing over it, you don’t really know.
“This piece of music came around when we were doing Cold Day Memory, and for whatever reason, Johnny K just wasn’t hearing it. He said it was a little basic; he thought it sounded like us, but to him it wasn’t quite up there with the other things we were doing. So we tabled it. As I said, it’s not really a song until LJ gets hold of it and proves to us that it deserves to be on a record.
“It went to the back of the pile and sat there for a while, and what’s funny is, we did it last. We finished the new album, but we decided to get a few songs more done, just for fun. We were kind of burnt with working up new riffs and doing a song a day, so we took a look around, and there it was. We pulled up the file, listened to it, and Clint and I said, ‘Man, we could get this thing worked up in about 30 minutes.’
“Everybody was down with it, thinking we had a cool bonus track or a B-side. That’s how we approached it. We knocked the music out, and once we got to the singing, Vinnie threw his arms up and said, ‘I think this is the single!’ Sure enough, it was the sleeper. It always works out that way with this band.
“Even though we started it some years ago, the vocal made everything sound very fresh. The music was doing what it was always supposed to do, but the vocal line brought it to a really great place. There’s a reason why something sticks around – it’s meant to be. Needless to say, this one was a pleasant surprise.”