American Authors frontman Zac Barnett explained that "Brick By Brick" is about conquering the impossible. "No one can stop us from achieving greatness and breaking down barriers that others may have set in front of us," he said.
'Cause I'm so close, so close I can taste it Never stop chasing, know I'm gonna make it I've had my doubts, tear them down quick Brick by brick by brick
To "go brick by brick" is to advance towards a significant goal in a deliberate, methodical fashion, taking one small step at a time until you've reached your ultimate goal. The term is most commonly used in the sense of building something.
American Authors flips the common metaphor on its head by using it to talk about tearing things down. It's still a positive concept, though, because what they're tearing down is their self-doubt - it is a song of personal empowerment.
This was the first track and first single released from the Counting Down EP.
The Flaming Lips' "Do You Realize??" was named in March 2009 the official Rock Song of Oklahoma. Four years later, Oklahoma's governor Mary Fallin pulled the tune as the state's official rock song in a move her office said had more to do with priorities than musical taste.