oh my head
the hard way: story behind the song - by Jon Foreman
“When life itself seems lunatic, who knows where madness lies.” - Don Quixote
Tony Berg doesn’t remember ever hearing the song “Fix You.” He’s not a Coldplay fan, so this is no surprise, but it made the last chorus that much more humorous to me, thinking that he didn’t know what song I was referencing. Here’s my two cents on “Fix You:” It’s a beautiful melody accompanying an offensive proposition. “Fix me? Really, Chris Martin? You will try to fix me?” You fix the dripping faucet or a pet. You cannot fix a person. You can only love them or walk away.
Or maybe you can try to fix yourself? This is a song about that long, hard look in the mirror. *
(* disclaimer “The Hard Way” is a work of fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, or actual events is purely coincidental. It’s a lighthearted tune that surely has nothing to do with my own ridiculous mistakes along the way.)
Throughout the tune I’m picturing this bumbling Don Quixote narrator mumbling platitudes like, “I learn best from my mistakes” and “it all works out in the long run.” It’s an upbeat song that turns heartbreakingly honest near the end of the track.
I love the sonic textures on this track. The Beach Boys like harmonies on the intro are dissonant and sweet, sad but strangely triumphant. The verses have Chad playing chopsticks on the drums, Tim and I motoring along, Drew coming in for the classic guitar line on verse two. Then back to the 60’s for the post chorus and the bridge.
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