Like a Drum

Album: Madness (2013)
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Songfacts®:

  • The lead single from Guy Sebastian's eighth album, this peaked at #4 on the ARIA Singles Chart and also reached #16 in New Zealand.
  • Sebastian wrote the song with Sam Martin, David Ryan Harris and Khris Lorenz. The latter also produced the tune. The Australian singer-songwriter recalled to Artist Direct: "My friend played me this track, and I was immediately in love with the sound. It just made me happy. I knew I was going to write a song that was nostalgic at that moment. I wanted something that was going to take you back to something that might've happened in your life when you were young or something."

    "I sat down, and I tried to write a song," Sebastian continued. "Nothing came. I decided to take away the chords on the track and went into the lunchroom. I took my guitar into the lunchroom and started playing chords. I basically went in 15 minutes later with the song. It happened really quickly. Immediately when I started to sing what I wrote in the lunch room, it gelled and came together. It was one of those moments where everything just worked out. I loved the track, and I was able to write a song I really liked and it resonated."

Comments: 1

  • Mightyenagaming from Xavier.catholic.collageI love this song if im down feeling like nobody cares about me this song will always get me up in to a better mood to say that I am in foster care and I have got really bad stress and I have bad Depression but this song always gets me up in to a better mood and i always feel better about myself when this song comes to mind, Guy Sebastien and I will always love your songs because I live in the country of South Australia and I might not like certain songs artists but your different I will never get sick of your songs and when im at school if I can listen to music I always put this song like a drum on for an hours loop.

    so thank you for making these songs and I really like at the start of the song when your sing out "we can try we should try some day I know were gonna feel again just like when we were younger"

    kind regards MightyenaGaming993#Trent.B or you can call me Trent

    P.S i watch the voice so please tell Keith, Jess and Rita i say "Hi"
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