This song is about the sacrifices we make to achieve our goals. Twisted Sister was on the verge of a breakthrough when he wrote this song, but it was a long struggle to reach that point. Snider joined the band in 1976, and they gradually built a following in the New York City area with their live shows. Their first album, Under the Blade
, was issued in 1982, followed by You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
in 1983. It was during the recording of You Can't Stop Rock 'n' Roll
that Snider wrote the Stay Hungry
album, including this track. The dream did indeed come true when the album became a hut hit, led by the singles "We're Not Gonna Take It
" and "I Wanna Rock
." But when it was written, this dream was anything but a sure thing.