"Back & Forth" as written by David Eric Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Christopher A. Shiflett, Nate Mendel and Pat Smear....
Once upon a time I was somebody else
In another life I saw myself
Way back then, back when I was new

Somewhere down the line I started to slip
Years gone by, biting my lip
All the while, all this time I knew

Now you're on your own, one for the pages
Over the hill and through the ages
Does my heaven burn like hell on you?

Out beneath the cracks they're coming in waves
Rolling like an earthquake under the pavement
Where are they now, tell me Mr. True
You got a lot of nerve, nerve

Now show a little backbone why don't you?
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Now and now and then
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Down and out

Holding my breath, I waited and waited
How'd this simple life get so complicated?
Shoes to fill, secrets to spill down you
Deer in the headlight, spoke in the wheel
You all pretend, I need for real
Taking it back, all my IOUs
You got a lot of nerve, nerve

Now show a little backbone why don't you?
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Now and now and then
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Down and out

You got a lot of nerve, nerve, nerve, nerve

Now show a little backbone why don't you?
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Now and now and then
I'm looking for some back and forth with you
Are you feeling the same as I do?
Now and now and then

I'm lookin' for some back and forth with you
Are you feelin' the same as I do down and out


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"Back & Forth" as written by Taylor Hawkins David Eric Grohl

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    General CommentWhy are all the reviews destroying this song? I love it!

    The chorus is SO F*CKING CATCHY!!!

    The new album is truly exceptional.
    tigertour02on April 14, 2011   Link
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    Lyric CorrectionI think that this lyric '? now, tell me Mr. True.' is actually 'Heavy now, tell me Mr. Truth.'
    FFNSDBTCVon April 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentchorus is so damn catchy!
    GoodGrief88on April 11, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is excellent.

    People are blasting this song as the weakest song on the album. But, it's a standard Foo Fighters song. On almost every album they have an upbeat, really happy, catchy song, the style of which doesn't really fit with the rest of the album.

    Examples include:
    -Big Me
    -See You
    -Breakout
    -Resolve
    mikevoxon April 17, 2011   Link
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    General CommentLOVE this song.

    It's KILLING me right now though because I can't figure out whether Dave is singing "Way back then, back when I was NEW" OR "Way back then, back when I was YOU".... It changes the song in the beginning if its either one. If it is 'new' then he's talking about being new to life/complications. If its 'you' then he's being vindictive of whomever 'you' is. And the damn thing is, every time you try to get a clear listen whether on the CD version or the live versions it seems to sound like either. Sometimes it sounds like he says 'new' and sometimes it sounds like he says 'you.'

    Another angle is would Dave really try to rhyme 'new' in the first verse with 'knew' in the second? When I first heard the song I thought it was 'you.' Rhyming 'you' with 'knew' would keep the lyrics off using the same sounding word. Then again, there is a lot of use of the word 'you' in the song already so using 'new' wouldn't be so bad.

    HEEELLLLPPP!!! Opinions? I'm going crazy over here.
    polepinoon May 15, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI must first say that I love this song, and think the whole album is phenomenal. Definitely the best i've heard in a long time, and I keep playing the whole thing and never skipping a song, they're all awesome.

    As this song has also formed the title for the documentary dvd on the band, it fits with my initial interpretation of this song. When dave went off to drum with queens of the stone age, foo fighters went through a rough patch. There were a lot of tensions before they came together for their next album, and I get the sense that this was written about that whole period of time.

    I think it starts off telling of his personal journey, when they band first formed and everything was new (he was new to the experience of his own band, leading it etc), then the rough patches, where nothing was said about the bad things creeping in to the band ('biting my lip').

    I think the next verse references his departure (while drumming with qotsa), and leaving the band to finish the new album on their own, which was a first - 'Now you're on your own, one for the pages.'

    'Over the hill and through the ages.' - This is pretty much a direct reference to the foos getting over their issues (which peaked just before coachella), 'through the ages' - being a reference to his period with qotsa directly after this.

    'Does my heaven burn like hell on you?' - Its documented that dave enjoyed his time with queens of the stone age and the rest of the band did not share this sentiment. He was having a lot more fun than they were and did resent it a bit.

    The chorus I think is pretty much about the tone of discussions that may have been had with the band - he felt weighed down by the responsibility of it all, and responsibility to keep the band motivated when they had lost their spark for a while. Its like, I feel like crap, so do you, can we help each other out a little please?

    I don't know enough of the history to tie up any other direct references, but I'm sure the whole tone of this song is about the ups and downs of the band, the struggle they've had to keep it together over the years.

    And my god i'm glad they did, foos rock :)

    purplecat1982on June 24, 2011   Link
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    General CommentGreat song from the best Foo Fighters album EVER!... And might I add that the whole recording sounds so warm and gorgeous. Hail to the analogue generation! Digital is not worthy.
    Tricky1979on May 08, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI always hear the word 'you' not 'new'.

    There's a school of thought that believes a soul can be reincarnated after death into any person at any point in time (past, future or present). Karma becomes quite literal: if you inflict pain in this lifetime on someone else, you could be reincarnated as that person, and suffer the pain you inflicted. So, within that school of thought it becomes possible that you have lived in this century before: as your mother, your sister, a friend, or even Dave Grohl! Memories of previous incarnations aren't clear or vivid, but can come to us in dreams or in 'deja vu'.

    "Once upon a time I was somebody else
    In another life I saw myself
    Way back then, back when I was you"

    Anyway - my favourite line: "does my heaven burn like hell on you"...
    "I have a great life, that must make you feel terrible..."

    Great song!
    maisiemon July 14, 2013   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about two people who like each other finally getting to talk after a really long time, but it's hard because they both don't want to mess up. "Holding my breath I waited and waited, how did simple life get so complicated?"
    wbarrettm03on June 23, 2016   Link

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