Big Decisions

Album: The Waterfall (2015)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • Even successful musicians can turn into whining complainers, which lead singer Jim James takes on in this track. The song is about people who are constantly pointing out what is wrong, but don't take action to change it. James was inspired by a lunch with friends when this was happening and he got fed up with it.
  • James wrote this song with Dan Wilson, a prolific songwriter whose band Semisonic had a hit with "Closing Time."
  • This song fits the theme of the album, which is dealing with the constant challenges in life. Jim James wrote a lot of it while he was recovering from back surgery and in pain. He says the album title The Waterfall is a metaphor for "how life is constantly beating you down, and you really have to take time to stop it and get through."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)

Max Cavalera of Soulfly (ex-Sepultura)Songwriter Interviews

The Brazilian rocker sees pictures in his riffs. When he came up with one of his gnarliest songs, there was a riot going on.

Dino Cazares of Fear Factory

Dino Cazares of Fear FactorySongwriter Interviews

The guitarist/songwriter explains how he came up with his signature sound, and deconstructs some classic Fear Factory songs.

Leslie West of Mountain

Leslie West of MountainSongwriter Interviews

From the cowbell on "Mississippi Queen" to recording with The Who when they got the wrong Felix, stories from one of rock's master craftsmen.

Butch Vig

Butch VigSongwriter Interviews

The Garbage drummer/songwriter produced the Nirvana album Nevermind, and Smashing Pumpkins' Gish and Siamese Dream.

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")

Director Wes Edwards ("Drunk on a Plane")Song Writing

Wes Edwards takes us behind the scenes of videos he shot for Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley and Chase Bryant. The train was real - the airplane was not.

Amanda Palmer

Amanda PalmerSongwriter Interviews

Call us crazy, but we like it when an artist comes around who doesn't mesh with the status quo.