"Feel Good Drag" is a song by American alternative rock band Anberlin. The song was originally recorded as "The Feel Good Drag" and appeared on the band's second album Never Take Friendship Personal. The song was re-recorded for their fourth album, New Surrender, which was the band's first album on major label Universal Republic, and became the album's first single. Its intended release to American radio stations was on 18 August 2008, however after a week long delay it was released on 26 August 2008.
After the band announced the song as their choice for the first single, some fans began to question the choice online, intoning that perhaps their record label had pushed them to re-record the song due to lack of faith in their new material. In response, singer Stephen Christian wrote a missive for Jason Tate of AbsolutePunk.net to post. "We chose to re-record 'Feel Good Drag'," said Christian. "The label had nothing to do with it AT ALL," Christian went on to say. Christian went on to describe how the band wanted to begin their radio push with a heavy song that could catch on with a wide audience: "We didn't want to start out with something like an 'Unwinding Cable Car' or 'Inevitable'".
On top of expressing the band's own liking of the song (and feeling that it didn't get the attention it deserved on Never Take Friendship Personal), Christian said that the song was also redone because "we were counting on them recognizing the song on the radio, feeling somehow connected to it and us, and calling in to request it more… we need you again! after all 'the feel good drag' was your song! you knew about it first, you have the original version and 'like it better', you knew us when…, this doesn't have to change."
Christian told Artist Direct that this song is about "going into a relationship that you know is destined to fail."
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