Bareilles (from Rolling Stone magazine issue 1049): "To me, 'Vegas' was about living in L.A. It's such a dream-chaser society down there. There's something really beautiful and magical about that, but there's so many people that want to believe if they just do this one thing, everything is going to plateau and you'll be happy, and you'll win. If I just lose ten points. If I just move to Vegas. If I just move to New York, then everything's going to be all tied up with a bow, and that's just not real life. I just got really interested in that idea; what are we really telling ourselves here?"
There was a rumor in the Soviet Union that The Beatles had secretly visited the U.S.S.R. and given a private concert for the children of top Communist party members. They believed the song "Back In The U.S.S.R." was written because of the concert. Actually, some fans still believe so.
It has long been speculated that the Soundgarden song "Black Hole Sun" came from the name of a sculpture in Seattle, but according to their frontman Chris Cornell the title came from a phrase he misheard on the news. The band's name did come from a sculpture.