This features guest vocals from Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks. Yellowcard frontman Ryan Key was hoping Maines would appear on the country-flavored Ocean Avenue
track "View from Heaven
," but the record label refused to reach out to Maines because Yellowcard wasn't a big enough band yet to attract such a big-name contributor. After Yellowcard exploded into the mainstream once "Ocean Avenue
" hit MTV and radio, however, the plan seemed feasible. The Chicks landed at the same studio where Yellowcard was working on Lights And Sounds
, and Key saw his chance.
"I finally got up the balls to go over there and say, 'Hey, we kinda want you to sing on this song...' We gave her a copy of that track, and when she came back, the first thing she said was, 'How many kids do you have?'" he told Billboard
The then-single, child-free singer cleared up the confusion. "I wrote it, like the rest of the album, in an out-of-body experience kind of way," he explained. "I told her, 'It's not about me - I'm not even dating anyone right now!'"