Addiction

Album: Do You Believe (2011)
  • Quarterfly lead singer Kip Darby described this song to us as "A young man looking through the eyes of an older man and his addictions," adding, "The first line is, 'Old man, did you ever think of flying? You said the needle had led you to a fool.' Well, that's drug addiction. The same kind of thing, but at the same time, it's not really… But I don't want you to think it's heroin addiction. I guess what I'm trying to say is, it's not my father, but I've got friends whose fathers have addictions, and they've seen their fathers who didn't do the right thing."

    Confused? That might be the point. Darby says, "There's people who write and when they write, there it is, clear as a bell. We don't really do that. We kind of lay it out there to where you may take it and apply it to what you think."
  • This song was originally called "The Cliff," as in the edge of a cliff. Says Darby: "That song had a bunch of different shirts on before we stripped it down in the studio. We were at rehearsal and our guitar player walked in with that guitar riff, the beginning hook. So we got to playing a little bit. And the way we write as a band is somebody will have an idea and we'll come into rehearsal and we'll just take the idea, and if the idea has legs, then we will all put everything together. And I've got to be honest with you, sometimes it's just really easy and sometimes it's really hard. And the hard ones we kind of put on back burners, the easy ones we take 'em and run with 'em. Then we come back to the hard ones and see if there's anything there. Sometimes we take parts and put them with different songs."
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