Album: The Lion The Beast The Beat (2012)

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  • Grace Potter co-wrote this cut with the Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach. Potter told The Boot that the song can be interpreted in a number of different ways. "I was gonna make it about a break-up and keep it a lovelorn, post-relationship kind of thing. But then Dan made the point that the broader you are, the more everybody is going to want to put it on a mixtape," she explained. "My neighbor pointed out that for him, it was about getting sober. It was a good mantra for him for not drinking and not taking pills. Then a divorced woman came up to me and said, 'This song isn't about my ex-husband, it's about the lawyer that I was using who screwed me over.' Everyone has their own take on it."
  • The idea for the bewitching video came from the bad memories that Potter has of summer camp when she was a child. "The day you get dropped off, it's that terrifying feeling of, 'Am I ever going to see my parents again?'" she recalled. "That panic and that fear that a kid gets, whether they're going to the dentist or to summer camp ... As adults, the fear is still there but there are different coping mechanisms. I wanted to peel it all back again with the video. Then the director took it even further out of the box and made it this like Lord of the Flies, Alice in Wonderland. It's spooky."

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