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This is the first single from 3 Doors Down's fifth studio album, Time of My Life. The single was released to iTunes on February 1, 2011.
Lead singer Brad Arnold
wrote the song with Aerosmith and Def Leppard producer Marti Frederiksen. Arnold described the track to Billboard
magazine as, "almost a mockery of how easy people think it is to be young. Young people always hear, 'This is the greatest time of your life...,' but it's not always that way, y'know?"
Arnold explained to Artist Direct
what the song means to him: "So many times, older people look at young kids and say, 'Enjoy this time! It's the best time of your life,' when it's really not. Being young is hard. Everything's in front of you for the first time. Those things that are in front of you seem so much bigger than they do when you're looking back on them. I'm 32 now and looking back on my teenage years and before, a lot of it doesn't seem as hard as it did then because now it's behind me and I hardly remember it. You get the responsibilities of the world as an adult. However, when you were in high school, there was nothing bigger than that test on Friday. Now, you don't even remember what test it was [Laughs]. It's hard to be young. The song discusses that."
The song's music video was uploaded to YouTube on March 23, 2011. Arnold told Noisecreep
about the clip: "This video symbolizes the struggles that we face as we fight to make our way through the seemingly narrow passages of our lives. It reflects our fight and our vulnerability. Ryan Smith and his team have done a wonderful job bringing the song to life through this edgy, cinematic delivery. I hope that everyone can see themselves in some way within the characters of this video."
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