Album: Et Tu, Brute? (2013)

Songfacts®:

  • This song tells the story of a young man struggling with his chosen last day on this earth. Lead singer and songwriter Ronnie Winter told New Release Tuesday the background story of the song: "The thing about our band is my brother is also in the band, and all the crew guys grew up with us and went to high school with us," he explained. "Basically, we took our home with us on the road and we know everybody. Knowing that, one of our best friends tried to kill himself right before our tour started. It was a situation where we were there when it happened and everybody came together as a support group. We rallied to our friend's side and he was able to see that he made a mistake, and he's fine now. He's totally okay today. He worked out his problems. There was that weird feeling where we were about to leave for six weeks for the tour and we wanted to stay and be around him. That was fresh on our minds when we were writing this song. Another similar situation happened to one of our touring crew members. Twice in a month we were directly dealing with someone who had made an attempt on their own life. It was on my mind and I had to write about those situations."
  • Winter sings, "Don't try so hard to be happy..." in the bridge from a personal perspective. He explained to New Release Tuesday: "My brother and I had a really rough life growing up. We were raised in Awana. We went to church Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. We were raised in an awesome Baptist family in Tucson, Arizona. Then everything went crazy in our family and things got kind of hopeless. We came into this weird time in our lives when we were 12 and 14 years old and realized things weren't how they should be. We had what most people would consider 'bad luck.' It was a strange feeling because we were Christians and we grew up believing with an unbridled faith that bad things wouldn't happen to us. Eventually bad things do happen, and you need to learn how to deal with it. That's what I'm saying in the bridge. Once you realize that the world's corrupt and fallen and there's nothing you can do about it, you have to let go."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Black SabbathFact or Fiction

Dwarfs on stage with an oversize Stonehenge set? Dabbling in Satanism? Find out which Spinal Tap-moments were true for Black Sabbath.

The Real Nick DrakeSong Writing

The head of Drake's estate shares his insights on the late folk singer's life and music.

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

Randy NewmanSongwriting Legends In Their Own Words

Newman makes it look easy these days, but in this 1974 interview, he reveals the paranoia and pressures that made him yearn for his old 9-5 job.

Zac HansonSongwriter Interviews

Zac tells the story of Hanson's massive hit "MMMbop," and talks about how brotherly bonds effect their music.

Richie Wise (Kiss producer, Dust)Songwriter Interviews

Richie talks about producing the first two Kiss albums, recording "Brother Louie," and the newfound appreciation of his rock band, Dust.