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This is the lead single from American pop rock band OneRepublic's second studio album, Waking Up.
Frontman Ryan Tedder blogged on his MySpace page that before the song's release as a single, the band had already performed it live a lot. He added, "however the recorded version is quite another animal then what we performed live- it's BETTER!! we hope u like it- this might be the most fun energetic song we've ever tackled."
Wayne Isham directed the song's music video, which features the band playing on a small stage for the performers of a masquerade ball. Isham has been a top music video director since the mid-1980s when he began directing promo clips for Motley Crue.
Tedder explained to Digital Spy
the meaning of this song: "It's kind of a self-deprecating anthem and it's about how we've felt as a band at certain times. When OneRepublic came out, because of the other writing and producing I'd done, and because Timbaland was associated with our first single
, we got completely discarded by the critics. Even if OneRepublic made the coolest art record ever, we'd never be able to erase the memory of how we broke. This song's aimed at all the cool-ass bands that we'll never be."