How's It Going to Be

Album: Third Eye Blind (1997)
Charted: 51 11

Songfacts®:

  • On the HBO show Reverb, Stephan Jenkins of Third Eye Blind described this song as "The emotional side of mortality, as played on a zither." He explained: "'How's It Going to Be' started with an autoharp that Kevin was playing. It's an antique instrument, and it inspired a nostalgic, emotional condition in me. And the lyrics really came out of that very quickly. I think the song's just about the fear you have when you've been close friends and that gets knocked back to becoming acquaintances again. So I think it's sort of a song about the emotional side of mortality."

Comments: 1

  • Karlen from New Bedford, MaThis is one of the best songs i've ever heard! Reminds me of my ex and for a while couldn't even listen. Brings up tons of memories..
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