• This is the title track of the second studio album from New York indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart. The record was recorded in the fall of 2010, produced by Flood and mixed by Alan Moulder.
  • In an interview with Spinner, vocalist/guitarist Kip Berman discussed the song's meaning: "It's about trying to find your place. We moved away from that very narrative-based, written-from-memory, moral-of-the-story reflective indie-pop songwriting and tried to capture something that is immediate, emotional and can be understood without clear explanation. Sometimes that means different things each time I hear it or think about it - and certainly different things to different people. The true meaning of things is when people hear it, the meaning they see in it - not really what the intention of the person writing it was. I'd hate to have Thom Yorke show up at my house and explain to me what each track on The Bends was really about."
Please sign in or register to post comments.


Be the first to comment...

He Hit Me (And It Felt Like A Kiss): A History Of Abuse PopSong Writing

Songs that seem to glorify violence against women are often misinterpreted - but not always.

John Doe of XSongwriter Interviews

With his X-wife Exene, John fronts the band X and writes their songs.

When Rock Belonged To MichelobSong Writing

Michelob commercials generated hits for Eric Clapton, Genesis and Steve Winwood in the '80s, even as some of these rockers were fighting alcoholism.

Trans Soul Rebels: Songs About TransgenderismSong Writing

A history of songs dealing with transgender issues, featuring Pink Floyd, David Bowie, Morrissey and Green Day.

Director Paul Rachman on "Hunger Strike," "Man in the Box," KissSong Writing

After cutting his teeth on hardcore punk videos, Paul defined the grunge look with his work on "Hunger Strike" and "Man in the Box."

Curt Kirkwood of Meat PuppetsSongwriter Interviews

The (Meat)puppetmaster takes us through songs like "Lake Of Fire" and "Backwater," and talks about performing with Kurt Cobain on MTV Unplugged.