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Alt Rock Anthem: "Everlong" (1997) by Foo Fighters

The second single from 1997's The Colour and the Shape, "Everlong" was written by Dave Grohl during his split with his first wife, photographer Jennifer Youngblood. The divorce left Grohl all by himself, and essentially homeless because she kicked him out of the house. To make things worse, the Foo Fighters were having hardships which nearly made his fellow band members quit. In this catastrophic period of Grohl's life, he sat down and wrote a heartfelt song in the span of just 45 minutes. Grohl said: "That song’s about a girl that I’d fallen in love with, and it was basically about being connected to someone so much, that not only do you love them physically and spiritually, but when you sing along with them you harmonize perfectly." One of the most successful aspects of the song is its lyrics: "If everything could ever be this real forever If anything could ever be this good again" Though it seems obvious, the lines reflect him going through a divorce and trying to make a new relationship work. However, based on his experience with the first marriage, he knew that the good times would not always roll. The “ifs” were only to end up as “will nots,” a painful reminder that life will always deal random cards. The song reached number 3 on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart and the Canadian Rock/Alternative chart. It remains a signature song for the band. It was a huge hit and it was what kept the band together in a tough time.

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