by Mika

Album: The Origin of Love (2012)


  • Mika penned this song with Empire of the Sun's Nick Littlemore, Nylon Studios composer Jack Milas, and NYC based producer Oli Chang. He explained to the music-streaming site Spotify that he wrote it about a war veteran. Said Mika: ''It talks about a solider who comes back from the war and he looks physically unharmed and looks physical completely fine, but inside he's destroyed. Everyone looks at him and is like 'you're fine, look at you, you're not missing a limb.'"
  • The lyrics were inspired by a taxi driver that Mika had driving him from his place in London to the studio one day. He explained to Spotify that, "he was telling me how he had spent a lot of time in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Lebanon, and all the problems he encountered.''

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  • Swit Chill from CebuI think Mika has a good heart because he listened to the driver when the driver was telling his story to someone he didn't know.
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