The Great Unknown

Album: The Great Unknown (2015)

Songfacts®:

  • The title track of Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas' third solo album was inspired by the health problems his wife Marisol suffers, due to her autoimmune disease. "I am amazed at how strong and resilient she is," he told Radio.com. "I realized that I had written songs about her like, 'Ever The Same' and 'Her Diamonds' and they almost paint her in a victim light, and I didn't like that. It was important to me to write a song that shows how strong she is."
  • It was Marisol who suggested that the album be titled after this song. "She said, 'Because any endeavor you go into is the great unknown. Your motive, your intention, and your purpose are the only things you can control," explained Thomas. "Whatever is going to happen when it's done, you have no hand in.' It's funny, success is really only 50 percent up to you."

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