Empty Spirits

Album: Greetings From California (2014)

Songfacts®:

  • The Madden Brothers close their Greetings From California album with this track, which they penned with Ross Golan (Lady Antebellum's "Compass"). "Benji and I wanted the last song on the album and Side two to be more of a singer-songwriter-y type of a track," Joel Madden explained to Artist Direct. "We wanted to end the record with a very vulnerable, non-confronting simple moment."
  • Joel Madden explained the song's meaning: "At first listen, it's about a relationship," he said. "When the relationship's gone, why does that song, which was so special, become such a painful piece that you don't love it anymore? You actually resent it, and you don't' want to hear it. It brings up all kinds of emotions. Sometimes you hear it, and you're happy. Other times you hear it, and you're sad. It's all because of this playlist you made in your relationship. It was an important playlist in the beginning of the relationship. I've had the experience in a good way. My brother has had it in a bad way."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Charlie Benante of Anthrax

Charlie Benante of AnthraxSongwriter Interviews

The drummer for Anthrax is also a key songwriter. He explains how the group puts their songs together and tells the stories behind some of their classics.

TV Theme Songs

TV Theme SongsFact or Fiction

Was a Beatles song a TV theme? And who came up with those Fresh Prince and Sopranos songs?

Rick Springfield

Rick SpringfieldSongwriter Interviews

Rick has a surprising dark side, a strong feminine side and, in a certain TV show, a naked backside. But he still hasn't found Jessie's Girl.

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees

Jack Blades of Night Ranger and Damn YankeesSongwriter Interviews

Revisit the awesome glory of Night Ranger and Damn Yankees: cheesily-acted videos, catchy guitar licks, long hair, and lyrics that are just plain relatable.

Millie Jackson

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.

They Might Be Giants

They Might Be GiantsSongwriter Interviews

Who writes a song about a name they found in a phone book? That's just one of the everyday things these guys find to sing about. Anything in their field of vision or general scope of knowledge is fair game. If you cross paths with them, so are you.