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Lead singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik wrote this. It's about a girl who has an abortion. Her boyfriend is being very supportive, declaring his love for her and asking her to just "let it slide" and move on with their lives. (thanks, Jen - Mt. Laurel, NJ)
Rzeznik said of this before performing it on VH1 Storytellers: "The song is actually about these two teenage kids, and the girlfriend gets pregnant, and they're trying to decide whether she should get an abortion, or they should get married or what should go on..." (thanks, Johnny - Boston, MA)
This continued a string of hits for the Goo Goo Dolls that were not typical of their hard-rocking sound. This, "Name," "Iris," and "Black Balloon" were all ballads.
The Goo Goo Dolls performed this on Sesame Street in a duet with Elmo as "Pride." The lyrics were changed to be about things that give kids pride, like helping mom bake an apple pie.
The band performed this in late 1998 at the American Music Awards. They were introduced by an unknown brunette named Britney Spears. (thanks, Britney - Calabasas, CA)
Kristian Bush of Sugarland
Kristian talks songwriting technique, like how the chorus should redefine the story, and how to write a song backwards.
The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal.
Did they really trade their guitarist to The Doobie Brothers? Are they named after something naughty? And what's up with the band name?