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The title comes from guitarist/songwriter Jerry Cantrell's father. "Rooster" was his nickname in Vietnam, where he fought in the war. The song is about some of his feelings and experiences, told from his perspective. (thanks, Van - Tampa, FL)
Jerry's father is in the video and speaks about his war experience. The look on Jerry's face shows how the memories of his father at war when he was young is touching. (thanks, Amanda - Florence, SC)
The song is cited by Paul Rudd's character as "real rock" in the Judd Apatow comedy This Is 40. Cantrell told Rolling Stone it was an honor to be included in the film. "We had heard Judd was interested in using that song in a scene and we were like, 'Of course,'" he said. "We're fans of his work as well, and it is really cool to see his love of music."
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