I Shall Rise

Album: Not released on an album (2015)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Karen O penned this haunting song for the video game Rise Of The Tomb Raider. When she originally set out with producer Tristan Bechet to create the song, O hoped to create an anthem similar to Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive."

    "I always wanted to do my version of that and this was it," O told Rolling Stone. "It all sounded really tasty."

    "They wanted drama and high-stakes and melodrama," she continued. "That was very appealing to me because I love making music connected to a storyline. It was all stuff I loved like having the theme song to [Lara Croft] becoming an icon and the creation myth to the moment she becomes Lara."
  • Karen use Lara Croft as her muse to portray a defiant woman.

    They'll know my name
    After the storms are passing through
    They'll know my name
    When they've forgotten all about you


    O also found inspiration at the christening of a relative's daughter. "I picked up a Book of Hymns, thumbed through it and was really into how much melodrama there was," she said. "It could be the half-Korean part of me; Koreans love melodrama. That sparked some inspiration for the lyrics to this with the themes of survival against the elements and the transformation of being reborn. The melodrama of the Biblical stuff is a lot to sink your teeth into."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

David Bowie Lyrics Quiz

David Bowie Lyrics QuizMusic Quiz

How well do you know your David Bowie lyrics? Take this quiz to find out.

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)

Chad Channing (Nirvana, Before Cars)Songwriter Interviews

Chad tells tales from his time as drummer for Nirvana, and talks about his group Before Cars.

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillian

Soul Train Stories with Stephen McMillianSong Writing

A Soul Train dancer takes us through a day on the show, and explains what you had to do to get camera time.

Adam Duritz of Counting Crows

Adam Duritz of Counting CrowsSongwriter Interviews

"Mr. Jones" took on new meaning when the song about a misguided view of fame made Adam famous.

Phone Booth Songs

Phone Booth SongsSong Writing

Phone booths are nearly extinct, but they provided storylines for some of the most profound songs of the pre-cell phone era.

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)

Graham Bonnet (Alcatrazz, Rainbow)Songwriter Interviews

Yngwie Malmsteen and Steve Vai were two of Graham's co-writers for some '80s rock classics.