Surprise

Album: The Sun Comes Out Tonight (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • This was released as the second single from The Sun Comes Out Tonight. Speaking to In the Now Magazine, frontman Richard Patrick stated the song "is, like, a no-brainer." He added: "It should be a nice, successful song for us. I don't mean to get cocky, but it really is one of those songs that we wrote that, you feel like you were just watching it happen, even though you were writing the lyrics and stuff and you were playing the guitar. It's just one of those songs that just kind of…. It just kind of wrote itself."
  • When Richard Patrick spoke to us about the song, he recalled: "When I did 'Surprise' on this new record, I'm like, 'That's golden. That's the s--t. That's going to speak to people.'"
  • The song's music video was directed by Gus Black, who has previously worked with Deftones and Eels.

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