All I Want

Album: In a Perfect World (2013)
Charted: 67
  • Kodaline are an Irish Pop-Rock band comprising vocalist Stephen Garrigan, guitarist Mark Prendergast, drummer Vinny May and bassist Jason Boland. This is a song from their debut release, The Kodaline EP. The band's name means absolutely nothing. According to Garrigan they just wanted something they could take ownership of. "We made it up ourselves, but we later found out it's a character on f---in World Of Warcraft," he said. "I promise you, we've never even played the game. It's just a bizarre coincidence."
  • This slow burner featured in the season 9 episode of Grey's Anatomy, "Remember the Time." It was also used as the background music for Google's 2012: Year In Review video.
  • The song captures the despair that Stephen Garrigan felt when his then-girlfriend flew off on holiday and returned home with a new guy. He told The Sun: "The breakup was two years before. It takes some people longer to get over stuff. Every word is autobiographical. It was pure hell.

    "I was in my attic," he continued," just lying there, isolating myself from everything and feeling sorry for myself. When I wrote that song, it was a f---ing weight off my shoulders. It's a sad song, but then again it's a positive song, because it says I'll find somebody. Life goes on."
  • Garrigan writes most of the band's music but insists they all contribute. "It's intensely personal stuff," he told The Independent. "It's like opening your diary and passing it around for judging. 'All I Want' is basically a letter to my ex-girlfriend. Every song has its own story."

    How does the rest of the band feel about living out their singer's catharsis? In our interview with Vinny May, he explained: "We've known each other for such a long time, so when Steve was going through breakups and writing some of the songs that are on the album, we were experiencing it with him - we'd have rehearsals or just be hanging out in in Mark's house and we could tell what was going on. So we kind of went through the breakup, because he was telling us everything. We were able to empathize with him."
  • The ending of the relationship that inspired this song was Garrigan's first real breakup. "I didn't know how to deal with it," he told Radio.com. "Every lyric is everything I was going through in my room. I was basically writing down what I was going through."
  • Garrigan told Artist Direct that it is important for him to get across exactly how he feels in his songwriting. "I'm really getting something off my chest," he said. "It could be happy. It could be sad. It could be anything else in between. I try to be very direct in what I'm getting across. 'All I Want' is exactly where I was."
  • The song's music video tells the story of a monster looking for love and the bond he has with his dog. The message of the clip is don't judge a book by its cover. "Everyone is beautiful in their own way," said Garrigan. "And as cliché as that is, it's true."
  • The band got a huge boost when they performed this song a season 13 episode of American Idol on March 6, 2014. The band was touring the US when they appeared on the show, which garnered about 20 million viewers.

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