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Album: Faith in the Future (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The first single from Faith in the Future was written as sort of a reaction to the tragic events of September 11, 2001. "It's a song about believing that something better is coming," Finn told NPR, adding, "It's a song about light after darkness."
  • This was the first time that Finn has addressed 9/11 in his songwriting. He told American Songwriter: "I don't know why it came up in 2014 for some reason. I think it was reflecting on the past 15 years. I moved to New York when I was 29. I turned 30 on August 22, 2001, two weeks before 9/11 and then there was this big crash, literally and... I think there was a huge hangover in New York after 9/11. The economy got weird and obviously there was more fear. And people started drinking more and going home with each other a little easier. I myself had personal stuff, I got a divorce. So there was this period of hangover and then a few years later I kind of pulled out of it."

    "I think that's how in this case 9/11 related to the idea of Faith In The Future. 9/11 was extremely dark, maybe the darkest day. But the idea of drinking beer and watching the towers go down on my friend's roof... what I didn't know was that some of the answer to my problems was getting out of that building and falling in love with someone later which lead to much better things in my personal life."

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