This Is the End (For You My Friend)

Album: For Blood and Empire (2006)

Songfacts®:

  • Punk rock has always been about individual expression and resisting efforts by government and corporations to manipulate and control. This song deals with the media, specifically the advertising industry, and how it puts forth a beauty ideal in order to sell products.

    "People should be proud of who they are," guitarist Justin Sane told Songfacts. "Whether they're skinny or fat or black or white, it really does count what's on the inside versus what's on the outside. That was a message we were really trying to drive home to people, and remind people of."
  • The video shows the band performing the song at a small club, with messages coming on screen to offer statistics and affirmations related to the song. For instance:

    This is the end... of self doubt
    By age 21, the average person will have watched 1,000,000 commercials

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

John Doe of X

John Doe of XSongwriter Interviews

With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.

Famous Singers' First Films

Famous Singers' First FilmsSong Writing

A look at the good (Diana Ross, Eminem), the bad (Madonna, Bob Dylan) and the peculiar (David Bowie, Michael Jackson) film debuts of superstar singers.

Timothy B. Schmit

Timothy B. SchmitSongwriter Interviews

The longtime Eagle talks about soaring back to his solo career, and what he learned about songwriting in the group.

Tom Waits Lyrics Quiz

Tom Waits Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

Pool balls, magpies and thorns without roses - how well do you know your Tom Waits lyrics?

Richard Marx

Richard MarxSongwriter Interviews

Richard explains how Joe Walsh kickstarted his career, and why he chose Hazard, Nebraska for a hit.

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.