Album: Futures (2004)
Charted: 49
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Songfacts®:

  • In this coming-of-age song, Jimmy Eat World frontman Jim Adkins makes his case to a girl, asking her to ride off with him. It's very "Thunder Road" in its sentiment of escaping the confines of where you grew up and seeking something more, replete with romantic intent.
  • This features backing vocals by alt-rocker Liz Phair. Jim Adkins told Phoenix New Times: "There was something about 'Work' that reminded me of Liz Phair. Don't know exactly what it was. I always think it's interesting to hear male and female voices contributing to complex relationship type songs. Our A&R person had a connection with her, so I figured why not just ask Liz Phair to sing with us. She was into it. So in a couple days, we had Liz Phair in the studio in LA where we were working doing backups."
  • The music video, directed by Marc Webb, was filmed at Madison West High School in Madison, Wisconsin. Through interviews, the students share their fears about life after graduation.

Comments: 4

  • Kelsy from Rochester, Ny"Can we take a ride, get out of this place while we still have time." This is a beautiful song and one of my favorites. Whoever Jim Adkins wrote this for is a lucky, lucky girl.
  • Amanda from Sandusky, Ohi always thought it was about a relationship that is rough on the guy because they cant chill out and open up to eachother. they are too tense with things going on to appreciate the relationship.
  • Jill from Warren, Pathe vid for this song makes me cry...
  • Katie from Woodland Hills, CaI remember when I first bought the Futures CD... I listened to this song like, eighty times in the first week, cause I bought the CD for this song only... it means a lot to me and is a really heartfelt song.
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