What If

Album: Simple Plan (2008)
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  • "What If" is an essay, inspired by the TV show Heroes, about changing and improving the world. Frontman Pierre Bouvier explained to TheyWillRockYou: "We had been watching a lot of TV these last couple of years and we've been really into the show Heroes. It was kind of inspired by the character Peter Petrelli who feels tortured and is trying to do the right thing even though a lot of people are opposing him and what he feels is the right thing to do. That's the way that we saw it for that song. I think if anyone is trying to do something important or something that might be seen as a little controversial, when you go through it you have to go through obstacles and its kind of confusing because you don't know if you want to do it or not. Look at someone like maybe Al Gore, he's taken some big leaps and done some crazy things and I think that he's probably had a lot of people opposing him. It's kind of about that feeling that you get when you go through something like that."

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