Mine Is Yours

Album: Mine Is Yours (2011)

Songfacts®:

  • This is the title track of Californian indie rock band Cold War Kids' third studio album. Frontman Nathan Willett explained in publicity materials regarding the inspiration for the record: "I got home from tour and realized I was married. All my friends had either jumped in the deep end of a relationship or had drowned. When did things get so serious? We fought growing up but the wild nights and free-for-all caught up with us. Some people got out in time and others had permanent damage. For this record, I wrote about the joys and failures of commitment all around me".
  • Willett told Artist Direct about the laying down of the Mine Is Yours album: "We had been recording for several weeks, doing all the music and I was doing sketches of lyrics the whole time. In between that time and finishing the record in LA, I was finishing the lyrics. It took a long time, as I wanted to do something more focused and more cohesive, where the songs reflected each other, so the theme of relationships and commitment became the thread of the record. In order to get 'there,' it was me, in the studio, at the desk, treating it like a real job, where I was in there for hours, writing, then scrapping stuff, then starting over. All the lyrics came out of that type of session, which is different for us. We are usually much more visceral and employed quicker ways to do it before. This was more thought out and you can see the songs have a similar theme."

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