King's X frontman Dug Pinnick confronts his mortality head-on in "Give It Up," a track the band started working on in 2020 during the pandemic.
"I had turned 70," he told Songfacts
. "It just hit me. I was like, 'Damn. It's almost over. What are you going to do?' And I thought, 'I'm going to ride it out and enjoy my life.' 'What's my biggest fear? I might not like what's over there.'
So, I'm not going to rush to get there. I'm not thinking about suicide or anything like that – I'll just do what I can to be as healthy as I can until that time comes.
There's a line that says, 'Some people call me wise, born today, soon you die.' And it's that simple. That ain't wisdom – that's just truth. 'So live another day, that's the battle it's true, and if you find your groove, hang onto whatever keeps you.' It's sort of an encouraging song."