Truth Is A Whisper

Album: Gutterflower (2002)

Songfacts®:

  • This guitar-driven rocker is the closing track from the Goo Goo Dolls' seventh studio album. Lead singer Johnny Rzeznik tries to silence the noise in his head to get to the truth in his heart. "Pretty much all the songs I wrote on this record are my trying to relate more to myself than other people," he told Billboard. "I'm still evolving in my own damn way, you know. I've had a pretty severe case of failing to communicate with myself for a long time. This is the first time I've ever lived alone. Your thoughts tend to get a little louder when you're all alone."
  • According to Rzeznik, the song ties into the album's overarching theme of self-discovery and honest communication. "I think, if there's a theme to these songs, it is about being honest with yourself and with others, and seeking out those who will return the favor," he told New York's Daily Freeman. "Our experiences over the past three years have taught us to appreciate friendship, love and loyalty - those basic human values. When we're writing about characters we've encountered and scenes we've survived, it's that need for connection that comes through and hopefully everyone can relate to that. Otherwise, you're just talking to yourself."
  • Gutterflower is the follow-up to the Goo Goo Dolls' landmark album, Dizzy Up The Girl, a 4-million seller that hit big with singles like "Iris" and "Slide." Gutterflower only managed 700,000 sales, but was well received by critics and fans.

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