If I Were You

Album: Every Man For Himself (2006)
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  • Lead singer Doug Robb wrote this song about how the more people have, the more they take for granted. Said Robb: "If I Were You was inspired by the NHL strike. Not like, 'Oh, I'm going to write a song about hockey!' but watching all that and going on tour with Velvet Revolver, you see all these guys who have so much and don't appreciate it." >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Kelso - Santa Barbara, CA
  • According to Robb, the black-and-white video was shot "guerrilla-style around the world" and was intended to "capture a bunch of images of youthful exuberance." It was directed by Hype Williams, who is mainly known for his work with hip-hop artists such as Kanye West, Jay-Z, Ja Rule, and Busta Rhymes.

Comments: 3

  • Kristin from Santa Maria, Cathis song makes me apperte my life and all that I have.
  • Heather from Canonsburg, PaI love this song...'cause it really makes you think about alot of stuff...like I mean like in the song it said "So what its going to take for you, to relize, it all could all go way in a blink of an eye it happens all the time" Like people dont really think about what they have in there life until the day that it's all gone!! Well people open up your eyes and see what you have and hold on to it for as long as you can!!

    love you Hoobastank

  • Gracie from Canastota, Nythis song is very good.it makes you think what you take for granted and what you shouldn't..
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