Like Lightning

Album: Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost - Part 2 (2019)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This bluesy song came from a riff that had been hanging around for a couple of years. Vocalist Yannis Philippakis wanted "Like Lightning" to have a sense of paranoia. He told Apple Music he felt the music's "earthquake stomp" was the perfect accompaniment to the lyrics about being on the run. "There are these forces out to get you and you've got to keep moving, you've got to take care of yourself," Philippakis said. "You've got to survive, basically."
  • The animated video paints a picture of a dystopian future as a result of climate change. The band has form for campaigning against climate change. During the 2019 Mercury Prize ceremony, Foals held up a banner that read: "No music on a dead planet."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"

Mike Scott of The Waterboys - "Fisherman's Blues"They're Playing My Song

Armed with a childhood spent devouring books, Mike Scott's heart was stolen by the punk rock scene of 1977. Not surprisingly, he would go on to become the most literate of rockers.

Peter Lord

Peter LordSongwriter Interviews

You may not recognize his name, but you will certainly recognize Peter Lord's songs. He wrote the bevy of hits from Paula Abdul's second album, Spellbound.

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn YankeesSongwriter Interviews

Revisit the awesome glory of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees: cheesily-acted videos, catchy guitar licks, long hair, and lyrics that are just plain relatable.

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat World

Jim Adkins of Jimmy Eat WorldSongwriter Interviews

Jim talks about the impact of "The Middle" and uses a tree metaphor to describe his songwriting philosophy.

Spooner Oldham

Spooner OldhamSongwriter Interviews

His keyboard work helped define the Muscle Shoals sound and make him an integral part of many Neil Young recordings. Spooner is also an accomplished songwriter, whose hits include "I'm Your Puppet" and "Cry Like A Baby."

Gary Brooker of Procol Harum

Gary Brooker of Procol HarumSongwriter Interviews

The lead singer and pianist for Procol Harum, Gary talks about finding the musical ideas to match the words.