Fallorun

Album: My Finest Work Yet (2019)
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Songfacts®:

  • "Fallorun" was inspired by New Order's 1981 song "Ceremony," which Andrew Bird heard playing in a public bathroom. Bird told Q magazine he liked "how it sounded as if they were practicing, and the drums come in so casually, then it's just this one riff through the song."
  • Lyrically, this was inspired by Bird reflecting on the timidity of people who wanted to escape from America after Trump's election. He told AV Club: "It is talking about that fight-or-flight instinct. And it's just sort of addressing that, 'What is patriotism?'"
  • Bird stumbled on the word "fallorun" after originally titling the song "Fall of Throne." He explained that his wife thought he was saying "fall or run," and he thought, "That's actually better than 'fall of throne."

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