Foo Fighters – “Everlong”

“Everlong” is a song by American rock group Foo Fighters. It was released in August 1997 as the second single from their second studio album, The Colour and the Shape (1997). The song reached number three on the US Billboard Alternative Songs chart and the Canadian RPM Rock/Alternative chart. It remains a signature song for the band. “Everlong” was the last song ever performed live by former drummer Taylor Hawkins before his death in March 2022.

Following the death of Kurt Cobain and the end of Nirvana, Dave Grohl put together the first Foo Fighters album largely by himself. Released in 1995, Grohl was given much critical acclaim for becoming a compelling frontman and songwriter in his own right.

Its follow-up, 1997’s The Colour And The Shape, was the first album to feature Foo Fighters as a band – and it’s generally regarded as a masterpiece.

One of the most affecting songs on the album is track 11, Everlong. Passionate, wistful, urgent and full of longing, it proved that Dave Grohl could write songs that resonated with his audience and put him on a par with his former bandmate Kurt Cobain.

It’s known that the album was made following Dave’s divorce from his first wife, Jennifer Youngblood. It was also a rocky time in the ranks of the Foos: drummer William Goldsmith left the band after Grohl re-recorded his parts on the album, and guitarist Pat Smear took a break as he was friends with the singer’s ex-wife.

 

 

Lyrics

[Verse 1] Hello, I’ve waited here for you
Everlong
Tonight, I throw myself into
And out of the red
Out of her head, she sang

[Verse 2] Come down, and waste away with me
Down with me
Slow, how you wanted it to be
I’m over my head
Out of her head, she sang

[Pre-Chorus] And I wonder
When I sing along with you

[Chorus] If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

[Verse 3] Breathe out, so I can breathe you in
Hold you in
And now I know you’ve always been
Out of your head, out of my head I sang

[Pre-Chorus] And I wonder
When I sing along with you

[Chorus] If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when
She sang

[Instrumental Break with Whispering Voices] [Pre-Chorus] And I wonder

[Chorus] If everything could ever feel this real forever
If anything could ever be this good again
The only thing I’ll ever ask of you
You’ve got to promise not to stop when I say when

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