This ballad is about Cook's older brother Adam, who has been battling brain cancer. Cook told the Los Angeles Times November 18, 2008: "I purposely tried to be a storyteller on this particular song. I made it known what I was talking about. But it's still written in a way that people can take what they want out of it." Cook recalled in the album's press release: "We recorded 'Permanent' in two takes and everyone in the room was crying. I actually had to leave at one point because it was so emotional. As a musician, any time you can create something where the end result is exactly what's in your head, well there's a heaviness to that moment and it overwhelmed me. I've been writing songs for ten years and that was the first time I'd felt it. I think there's an honesty throughout the record that culminates in that song."
This is one of four tracks on Cook's debut album to be co-written with his long-time idol Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace. Maida's singer-songwriter wife Chantal Kreviazuk also contributed to this tune.
David Cook performed this during the 2009 Grand Finale of American Idol, 18 days after Adam finally succumbed to his illness. A live version of the song was released digitally with all the proceeds going to the US-based non-profit organization Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure.
Sef Arcegono from Saltillo, Msi first thought it was a love song...so emotional that sometimes i wanna cry everytime i hears it
Erica from Nairobi, KenyaIts so beautifully written and executed.A sad song indeed,always gets to me.
Theresa from Murfreesboro, TnThis song is even sadder now that David's bro has passed away. David's voice on this track is earth-shattering.
Dalina from New York, NyI love this song. The first time I listened to it, I thought it was about a girl who was being abused by a guy or something along those lines. I love how it can virtually mean anything this song. Saddest song I have my ipod other then maybe Yesterday.
Linda from Amarillo, TxMy heart hurts everytime I hear this song knowing the reason it was written. David Cook is an amazing singer and songwriter and I expect to see him around for a long time
Katie from Los Banos, CaSaddest song ever! And Krista, I completly agree! and yes, David is amazing :D
Krista from Carbondale, PaAn incredible, heart wrenching REAL song. There's not many of those out there. David Cook is amazinggg! :)