Velcro Shoes

Album: Pete Yorn (2010)
Play Video

Songfacts®:

  • This glance back over the shoulder at simple childhood joys like tree houses and go-karts is a track from the self-titled fifth full-length release from American singer/songwriter Pete Yorn.
  • The nostalgic song captures the excitement of a young boy being bought a new pair of sneakers. "We would go to this place called Sneaker Town in Montville, New Jersey," Yorn recalled to Spin magazine, "and [the cashier] would be always be like, 'You want them in the box or do you want to wear them home?' I'd be like, 'I'll wear them home!'"
  • Yorn first got the idea for the song when he was a student at Syracuse University, but it took until he was in his mid-thirties before he recorded it. "As you get into college, [you have] that longing for the freedom you had as a kid, even though you were totally unaware of it," he explained to Spin. "As you get older, a lot of people get more restrictive because they lose that sense of freedom. [The song's] about being conscious of that, and getting it back."
  • The Pixies' Frank Black produced this song, along with the rest of the album.

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Todd Rundgren

Todd RundgrenSongwriter Interviews

Todd Rundgren explains why he avoids "Hello It's Me," and what it was like producing Meat Loaf's Bat Out of Hell album.

Andy McClusky of OMD

Andy McClusky of OMDSongwriter Interviews

Known in America for the hit "If You Leave," OMD is a huge influence on modern electronic music.

Paul Williams

Paul WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

He's a singer and an actor, but as a songwriter Paul helped make Kermit a cultured frog, turned a bank commercial into a huge hit and made love both "exciting and new" and "soft as an easy chair."

Chris Isaak

Chris IsaakSongwriter Interviews

Chris tells the story of "Wicked Game," talks milkshakes and moonpies at Sun Records, and explains why women always get their way.

Dar Williams

Dar WilliamsSongwriter Interviews

A popular contemporary folk singer, Williams still remembers the sticky note that changed her life in college.

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. Televangelists

Jesus Thinks You're a Jerk: Rock vs. TelevangelistsSong Writing

When televangelists like Jimmy Swaggart took on rockers like Ozzy Osbourne and Metallica, the rockers retaliated. Bono could even be seen mocking the preachers.