Notbroken

Album: Something For The Rest Of Us (2010)

Songfacts®:

  • Goo Goo Dolls' singer and guitarist Johnny Rzeznik was inspired to pen this song by a traumatic situation faced by a casualty during the occupation of Iraq. He told the story behind this song to Artist Direct: "It's based on some communication I had with a woman whose husband was a soldier in Iraq. He's paralyzed now, and he doesn't want to come home because he's afraid that she's not going to see him the way he was. He has a huge amount of anxiety and he's been hiding out from her because he's afraid she's not going to think he's the man that he was. She loves him very, very much, and her letter really moved me. I wanted to write a love letter for her to him, you know, that, 'I'm here, I love you and nothing's going to change.' I was imagining the anxiety that this guy's feeling. He's a kid like 26 or 27. You've got your whole life ahead of you and you're doing the right thing and then all of a sudden - boom. In an instant, your life completely changes. Life will always come at you on its own terms and we have to learn how to face that and adapt. I just wanted to speak for other people, more so than myself, on this album."
  • The music video, directed by Carlos Lopez Estrada, closely follows Rzeznik's vision for the story of a wounded soldier who returns home to his waiting wife. Estrada also directed the clip for Clipping.'s "Work Work."
  • Something For The Rest Of Us, the band's ninth studio album, was released four years after its predecessor, Let Love In. Rzeznik chalked up the delay to both personal and professional issues. "I wanted to really dig deep and there are a million songs I threw away, like, 'Nah, it's not good enough. I wanna do something different. I wanna do something better, go deeper," he explained to Star News Online. "I also wanted to have a life with my girlfriend for a while. I owed it to her to spend some time with her and be normal and be in one place. That was kind of important."
  • The biggest issue during the making of the album came from outside the band. Pressure from the record label not only spoiled the process, but ruined the album for Rzeznik, who ranked it as his least favorite Goo Goo Dolls album. "Making it was so miserable," he told Vice magazine's Noisey: "I had a really shitty time making that record. There was a lot of bad shit going on at the time. We kept getting hassled by the record company. They didn't like it. And after a certain point I was drinking too much, so I just ended up throwing my hands up in the air and said, 'Fuck it, do whatever you want with it. I don't care anymore.' And looking back at it, the album is incredibly depressing, as far as the subject matter goes. So that's my least favorite, but I recently sat down with Robby and we listened to it and thought there are some real good songs on there. But that whole situation was a black cloud."
  • Rzeznik told Rolling Stone that the state of America during George W. Bush's tenure as president informed the lyrical content of the album. "I wanted to reflect on what was going on in the outside world more," he explained. "And the emotional underpinnings of what it's like to live in a country where we're on constant high alert, we're in two wars and the economy is really bad and what that does to peoples' psyche, what it does to their self confidence, what it does to their lives."
  • This was the album's second single. While it didn't make the Hot 100 (though it bubbled under at #119), it peaked at #26 on the Adult Top 40 and #11 on the Rock Digital Songs chart.
  • The track was produced by Tim Palmer, whose former projects include producing Robert Plant's Now And Zen and Ozzy Osbourne's Down To Earth, mixing Pearl Jam's debut album, Ten, and mixing tracks for U2's All That You Can't Leave Behind.

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