Many of the lyrics on American indie pop band Fun's second album Some Nights are about frontman Nate Ruess' family. For instance, on this track he sings: "My heart is breaking for my sister and the con that she called love, but when I look into my nephew's eyes, man you wouldn't believe the most amazing things that can come from some terrible nights." The singer explained to Mesfin Fekadu of The Associated Press: "I'm always thinking about, 'Who am I and why did I do something like that?' And I think then it harkens back to my family, and I have such a strong tie to them and it's always therapeutic to sing about them."
While writing for their second long player, the band were listening to Kanye West's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album. So influenced were they by its sound and scope, they hired that record's co-producer Jeff Bhasker to produce Some Nights.
Fun named their album after this track as they feel it best represents not only their entire record, but also where they're at as a band. "I think that the song 'Some Nights' just kind of sums up who we are as a band, and while it's über-personal, I think it gives people a lot of stuff to relate to. It's not a love song; it's a song about being an underdog and trying to figure out where you fall into that situation," Ruess told MTV News.
Ruess came up with the title before he wrote the song. He recalled to Billboard magazine: "I think we were somewhere in Scotland, touring, and I told the guys, 'Hey, check it out. I want to call the album 'Some Nights.' I had no idea where that came from, but they were like, 'That is a fantastic name for an album!' So I had to start figuring out what that meant for me and write a song about it."
Ruess added that he settled into a lyrical idea about "just being someone different on any given night."
Ruess drew on Paul Simon for the musical part of the song. "I was thinking about Graceland, the Paul Simon album, for some reason," he told Billboard. "I had the chorus for the song and I didn't know what I was going to do with the verse, and I remember writing down, 'This will be the best song you've ever written' and was like, 'Alright. I guess I kind of have to challenge myself...' As soon as I felt it was an entire song I showed it to the guys and they were just like, 'We got it, let's go,' which was really exciting. That was the case for the entire album, too; I never had to explain myself. But ('Some Nights') was the first song that really happened for, and it kind of showed me that we were moving as one for the whole album."
The Civil War inspired music video was directed by Anthony Mandler and features actual Civil War re-enactors. The weather was very much a factor during the shoot. "We look like we're having a grand old time and pounding away at the song, but those takes were few and far between this horrible lightning, crazy monsoon storm," multi-instrumentalist Jack Antonoff explained to MTV News. "So, we're basically in a big field - I guess technically on somewhat of a mountain in upstate New York - during a lightning storm, which arguably could be the worst scenario you could possibly be in a lightning storm." He took a pause, concluding, "I think in a weird way it added to the intensity of the video. Let's go on record saying it was life or death."
The song expresses the anguish of a young man who is a long way from home, as he lies in bed at night thinking of his family members. Producer Jeff Bhasker said of Nate Ruess' songwriting to the New York Times: "He can tackle these really dark subjects and put this pop melody to it."
This was especially successful Down Under reaching #1 in New Zealand and Australia. It also topped the charts in Israel.
Sandy from UsaI think it's about his regret of selling his soul to Satan for fame & fortune. "I sold my soul for this....I'll miss my Mom & Dad for this?"
Jonathan from CanadaJennie - Tho it seems like the lyrics are all over the place... I think it's because it's an internal, not external, struggle. He's dealing with conflicting constructs in his mind. Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle Some nights, I wish they'd just fall off
This is indicative of an internal struggle of who/ what he feels he represents as a person.
Looking into his nephew's eyes is the grounding point in the song. That despite all the struggle and angst... something amazing can come from it. A hit back to the reality of a world bigger than one's own deamons and battles.
Jennie from Ansonia, CtI like this song and lately when I hear it the lyrics just seem to be all over the place when the singer talks about dying in the desert, then switches quickly to about his sister and his nephew. I get that family is important, b/c family is important to me to, but I think it doesn't fit in with the song. There are too many themes and sounds disorganized.
Drew from Birmingham, AlWell yes, the entire "whoa" strand sounds like the end of Simon and Garfunkel's "Cecilia." I also agree with Camille that the group vocally sounds like Queen (in this song, anyway). Also, the lead singer has pretty much exactly the same sounding voice as Billy Joel!
Phil from Calgary, AbGraceland was Paul Simon solo - no Garfunkel
Summa from Northeast , OkI don't know what it is about the end of the song, but the last few lines about the dream he had really get me.
Camille from Toronto, OhThe beginning of this song captures your attention when it starts playing on the radio. While I can see similarities to Cecilia, it also reminds me of the operatic songs by Queen, with all the voices singing together. I just saw the video this morning and my first thought is how well acted it is, passionate. I'm not sure I cared for a mediocre ending of the video, but perhaps if I watch it several more times I will get a better feel for it.
Christi Peck from Spokane, WaLisa, Graceland is the name of an album by Simon and Garfunkel as well as a song. The album may have made him think about other songs of theirs. Every time I hear a song by Simon and Garfunkel I think of Cecilia because it is my favorite song by them. I noticed the similarities between that and Some Nights immediately and loved it instantly. Fun is truly amazing.
Lisa from Downey, CaThat is Cecilia by Simon and Garfunkel.