Living is a Problem Because Everything Dies

Album: Puzzle (2007)
Charted: 19

Songfacts®:

  • Lead singer Simon Neil commented on this song in Kerrang! magazine, saying: "This is one of the first songs I wrote for the record and it has changed very little since its conception. I always knew I wanted a choir and strings on it, and it has a real epic feel. It's about not wanting to waste your life, but about having no idea where to turn and suddenly being aware of your own mortality." >>
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  • Speaking to Kerrang!, Simon Neil explained the background to the song: "It was about hitting a low point and not giving a f--k," he said. "There was s--t going on with the band in my personal life was a mess. It was classic depression, I suppose. I think it has the attention and release that all good songs should have."
  • Simon Neil told Kerrang: "The prog section that opens this was when I was going through a huge Lightning Bolt phrase. They're one of the noisiest rock duo's on the planet. It was originally its own song - this really horrible rhythmically pounding song that was really repetitive to the point where it made the listener just want to switch it off. But in the end, we used it as an intro instead."

    Lightning Bolt is an American noise rock duo from Providence, Rhode Island, who are known for their loud and aggressive guerrilla-style live performances, where they typically play on the ground rather than a stage, with the crowd gathered around them.
  • The track features string and choir arrangements by Hollywood composer Graeme Revell, performed by the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. This was the first time that Biffy Clyro had worked with an orchestra.

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