This was written by Goo leader John Rzeznik about the neighborhood where he grew up, a "blue-collar, working class" type of place as he called it. In an interview, he stated that it had a church and a bar on every corner, hence the lyrics, "You pray to statues when you sober up for fun."
"There was a strange darkness to the place but also a lot of good," he explained in American Songwriter
's Behind The Mic
series. "I didn't write it until I had some time away from the people I grew up with. It was a tough place to grow up. It was a neighborhood full of tough guys and I was not a tough guy."
Meagan - Monroe Twp, NJ