"Halo" as written by Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, David Eric Grohl and Nate Mendel....
Good and bad
I swear I've had them both, they're overrated
But is it fun
When you get hold of one
Some gone bad
And some gone back
Good ones all get taken I'm callin' bluff
You ain't strong enough

Wait and pray you'll pick on me
the day I raise my hand
Guess that I've been nice but I'll be damned

Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go
Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go

Say your prayers when you get scared
Pray you're gonna make it
And then when you're done
You keep fucking up
One day soon I'll disappear
And if you'll come I'll take you somewhere to go
To keep from growing old

Wait and pray you'll pick on me
the day I raise my hand
Guess that I've been nice but I'll be damned

Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go
Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go
Oh, oh, oh

Disappear, the light is fading
Disappear, outside their rage
Disappear, I'm tired of waiting
Disappear before we get away

Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go
Halo
God only knows
Right behind me everywhere I go
oh, oh oh


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"Halo" as written by Dave Grohl Nate Mendel

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    General CommentI can't believe no one has commented on this song. It is one of my favorites from the new album. I think its about death, and a fear of dying young. The first verse is about life. Whether things are going good or bad, you're still alive, and experiencing these things makes you feel alive. The fact that he says they're overrated means that he know life must end eventually and hopefully there's something better than life beyond the grave. But when he says "wait and pray you'll pick on me the day i raise my hand," i think he is hoping that he doesn't die until he is ready to. "Halo, God only knows, right behind me everywhere I go" is where he talks about death chasing him. I love the way he uses the beautiful image of a halo to symbolize death instead of the cliche dark and dreary symbols. None of us know what death is like, it might be beautiful, but there's only one way to find out, and he just hopes that he can experience a full life first.
    mxmattdon September 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI believe it is about death, but not Kurt's death. Just because he knew Kurt doesn't mean every song he writes is gonna be about him.
    luapmiton March 31, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've said it once, I'll say it again. Not every Foo Fighters song is about Kurt Cobain or drugs.

    This song is great and that's all there is to it.
    Krystleon July 15, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentfor crying out loud. this song is about Grohl being a christian rocker (which is very rare btw) and other people reject him for being a christian! just look at the line, "wait and pray youll pick on me the day i raise my hand. guess that ive been blessed but ill be damned." in this line he doesnt know how to handle with other peoples opinions about his beliefs.
    monte003on October 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Comment"Good and bad I swear I've had them
    Both are overrated
    But isn't it fun
    When you get a hold of one
    Some go bad and some come back
    The good ones all get taken
    I'm calling your bluff
    You ain't strong enough"
    Foo Ruleson September 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentdefinately one of the best off the "one by one" album (not their best, i have to say...) that sounds like a good idea (about death and all), but i thought the first verse was about drugs - where it goes
    "Good and bad I swear ive had them both, there overrated" is like good trips and bad trips, and the bit
    "but isnt it fun when you get hold of one" is how he sees being on drugs... not a particularly well thought-out idea, but i thought id put it out there anyway...
    rock_bunnyon October 09, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is possible that this song is actaully about the death of Kurt Cobain. Seeing how he and the lead singer of Foo Fighters were friends, it is a posibility. The Foo Fighters deny this claim but many peopel disagree and say it is actually about Cobain's death.
    Phoenikson November 07, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOk mxmattd i think your answer is the most right. Its cool to think of death not as soom scary thing, cause i mean it really isn't, but as something that isn't bad. I think this is about a guy who wants to live life to the fullest and hes towards the end of life and knows death is there but isn't ready yet and wants to go when he is good and ready. This is not about drugs and not about kurt cobain. Not every foo song is about kurt!! My Hero is without a doubt about Kurt but not every goddamn one is!! People relax with all that!!
    The_Donon December 22, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthis song has a completely different meaning to me i remember when i got this cd and i would be driving home round 5 or so from work and the sun would be goin down and the sky had this kinda peaceful orange tint to it and i would be listening to this song it was the perfect song for the way the scenery lookedi was goin home to my girl who i have since split with after 6 yrs together and everytime i hear this song it takes me back to oct-nov 2002 when life was great.anybody else ever have songs that do that to you?
    aicdirt27on December 23, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, lots of songs released in 2002 do that for me.

    2002 would have to be my favorite year, with 2000 coming second. 2003 was my least favorite, though.
    NickBush24on December 28, 2004   Link

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