Mine Is Yours

Album: Mine Is Yours (2011)


  • 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."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Lori McKenna

Lori McKennaSongwriter Interviews

Lori's songs have been recorded by Faith Hill and Sara Evans. She's performed on the CMAs and on Oprah. She also has five kids.

Maria Muldaur

Maria MuldaurSongwriter Interviews

The "Midnight At The Oasis" singer is an Old Time gal. She talks about her jug band beginnings and shares a Dylan story.

Shaun Morgan of Seether

Shaun Morgan of SeetherSongwriter Interviews

Shaun breaks down the Seether songs, including the one about his brother, the one about Ozzy, and the one that may or may not be about his ex-girlfriend Amy Lee.

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete Blonde

Johnette Napolitano of Concrete BlondeSongwriter Interviews

The singer/bassist for Concrete Blonde talks about how her songs come from clairvoyance, and takes us through the making of their hit "Joey."

Yacht Rock!

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

Todd Rundgren

Todd RundgrenSongwriter Interviews

Todd Rundgren explains why he avoids "Hello It's Me," and what it was like producing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album.