This song is often interpreted to be about the drug addictions and bad habits of the late Kurt Cobain, who was in Nirvana with Foo Fighter frontman Dave Grohl, who wrote this song. However, according to an interview with Grohl in Mojo magazine, he penned this song during one of the lowest points in his life over Christmas 1996.
The frontman was sleeping in a sleeping bag on a friend's floor having just gotten divorced from photographer Jennifer Youngblood and as a consequence was homeless. On top of that Grohl had no access to his own bank account, and both his drummer, William Goldsmith, and guitarist, Pat Smear, were on the verge of quitting the Foo Fighters. In the midst of all this he wrote this love song in about 45 minutes.
The song evokes real love, that feeling of shyness, yet excitement, like the first time for anything. It's a feeling that is so strong that you want it to last forever, even though you know nothing ever lasts forever. in the video, Grohl is trying to protect his girlfriend. When he sees that she is in trouble his hand grows abnormally large and beats down anyone that tries to hurt her. (thanks, Bec - Melbourne, Australia)
The band performed this on The Late Show With David Letterman on February 21, 2000, when Letterman returned from heart surgery. It is his favorite Foo Fighters song.
There is some whispering at the end of the song. It is a combination of three tracks mixed by Dave Grohl. One track is a love letter being read, another is a technical manual, and the third is a story about the father of one of the studio engineers.
The music video is partially a parody of the cult horror film Evil Dead. In the movie, which was directed by Sam Raimi (who would go on to direct the Spider-Man films), a group of friends spend the weekend in a cabin only to be attacked by zombies. The parts of the video featuring Dave Grohl as some kind of a superhero with a giant hand (referred to as "Handor" by some fans) have nothing to do with Evil Dead, though. The video was directed by Michel Gondry, who went on to make Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. Gondry used to have dreams where his hand grew to giant size. (thanks, Eric - Suffern, NY)
Dave Grohl played an acoustic version of this at one of Neil Young's Bridge School benefit concerts. The Bridge School is a program for children with disabilities, and after Grohl performed, he got a standing ovation. It was the closest he ever came to crying on stage.
The song appeared on Friends episode 7.24, "The One With Chandler And Monica's Wedding." This version, which wasn't played by The Foo Fighters, was used at the end of the episode right after Monica and Chandler were married. (thanks, Viljo - Tampere, Finland)
In the movie Little Nicky featuring Adam Sandler, you can hear an acoustic version of "Everlong" just before the scene where Nicky falls from Valerie's balcony. (thanks, Vincent - Paris, France)
A goofy electronic version of this song plays at the beginning of the Foo Fighters "Learn to Fly
" video in a scene were Jack Black and Kyle Gass are cleaning an airplane. Dave Grohl had the electronic duo The Moog Cookbook record this version; he had called on their services before when he had them create an alternate version of "Big Me
" for the "Monkey Wrench