Every Man I Fall For

Album: Loyalty To Loyalty (2008)
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  • Cold War Kids bassist Matt Maust told Artist Direct the story of this song: "A lot of times when we are writing songs, (vocalist and lyricist) Nathan (Willett) just kind of spits out gibberish, and we record a lot of these demos and listen to them. Matt Aveiro, the drummer, said, 'Hey, did you just say 'everyman I fall for,'' and Nate's like, 'I don't know, but it's a great idea for a song,' so he wrote a song with the idea. It's from a woman's point of view in a bad relationship."
  • Maust explained the album title to Artist Direct: "'Loyalty to Loyalty' is from a 19th century philosopher, a relatively unknown philosopher who's name was Josiah Royce. He was reacting against Nietzsche's idea of stressing the individual and the individual rising above his community, and Royce said, 'No, that's not the ideal, the ideal is to stay within your community and build up your community.' It's not to overshadow your fellow man, it was more about working from the inside to bring everything up. He coined the phrase 'loyalty to loyalty,' saying that you should be loyal to loyalty itself. There's places you can find it talked about on the cyber-web. It's very similar to how we conduct ourselves, the way that we write songs and the way that we view each other in the band. No one person is writing for the other person, but we are loyal to each other. We're loyal to loyalty."
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