Seven Years Gone

Album: Aftermath of the Lowdown (2012)
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Songfacts®:

  • Written and composed by Richie Sambora and Luke Ebbin, this is the eighth track from Sambora's third solo album.
  • This was inspired by a low point in Sambora's life, including his divorce from actress Heather Locklear and the death of his father. "About seven years ago is when things started to kind of come apart for me," Sambora told Fuse TV in 2012. "I was getting divorced, which is never pleasant, and having to be a guy that lives on the road and becoming a single father and the conflict of wanting to be there. And also, my dad dying of cancer, all that stuff. I'm not whining about it at any point in time; that's what happened. Then at the end of this tour last August, I just said, 'That was like seven years ago now,' and that's where the title came from. It was one of the first songs I wrote for the record. The thunder and the rain or the noise that happens in people's lives, and the noise that happened in my life, and digging through my own personal life experience, I think I've always been a guy on a songwriting level that has been able to utilize my own personal experience, my own personal observation so to speak, and then it becomes a universal thing. That's what I found with this record. Even though I was trudging through my own personal experiences, ups and downs, and there's been a lot of them, it felt like it was ... it becomes everybody's. There's more commonality to humanity than there isn't. I think that this is a very relatable record."

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