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Song Stories

“I Don't Care”

Fall Out Boy | 2008

When Pete Wentz and Patrick Stump wrote this song, which has appeared in both the TV show One Tree Hill and in the movie Sex Drive, it tested the bandmates' friendship. “We got in a fight about ‘I Don't Care’ because the day I wrote it, I didn't feel it, I wasn't there,” Stump explained. “He had to talk me into it and take me off the bridge, and that's kind of the thing with the band … Good friends should have good arguments, and we do.”

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“Santa Monica”

Everclear | 1996

After his brother and girlfriend both died of drug overdoses, Art Alexakis -- depressed and hooked on drugs himself -- jumped off the Santa Monica Pier in California, determined to die. "It was really stupid," said the Everclear frontman, who would further explore his personal emotional journey in the song "Father of Mine." "I went under the water. Then I said, 'I don't wanna die.'" The song, declaring "Let's swim out past the breakers/and watch the world die," was intended as a manifesto for change, Alexakis said. "Let the world do what it's gonna do and just live on our own."

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