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The exact history behind this song is unknown, but it is unlikely that it was written due to a friend of the band's suicide, as the song takes a very lighthearted approach to a serious topic.
This song was featured in a movie called Teenage Suicide: Don't Try It! and does seem to be a bit of an anti-suicide number. The band points out that suicide is egocentric and a waste of time, because, "Nobody gives a damn." The exact meaning of those lyrics are debatable because it makes it seem like "Nobody gives a damn that you're trying to kill yourself." (thanks, James - Vancouver, Canada, for above 2)
Into the vaults for this talk with Bolton from the '80s when he was a focused on writing songs for other artists.
Penny Ford of Snap!
The original voice of Snap!, this story is filled with angry drag queens, video impersonators and Chaka Khan.
One of the most successful songwriters in the business, Desmond co-wrote "Livin' La Vida Loca," "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)" and "Livin' On A Prayer."