Permanent

Album: David Cook (2008)
Charted: 24

Songfacts®:

  • 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.

Comments: 7

  • 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! :)
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