Jenny Lewis wrote this song about a bout of insomnia that brought her to breaking point. "I had a meltdown, It's true," she told The Sun. "I couldn't speak and after two days lost my mind from sleep deprivation and then I spiraled about."
"It was hard. I wasn't myself," she continued. "I was hypnotized as sleeping pills had the opposite effect on me and kept me awake at night. And I had counseling, but I didn't want any drugs. Now I'm older, I believe you have to deal with things, and not take pills."
"'Head Underwater' is a song where I'm talking about this," Lewis concluded. "It's for any people who go through the same struggle with sleep."
Geffen Records made history on June 27, 1994 when Aerosmith's "Head First" became the first major label song made available for exclusive digital download. Download speeds at the time were so slow it took around 75 minutes to download the track.