Oblivion (5:10)

Cover of Crack the Skye

From Crack the Skye and 3 other releases

According to the Oblivion Songfacts, after appearing at the 2007 Video Music Awards, frontman Brent Hinds (guitars/vocals) got involved in a brawl, which resulted in him being hospitalized with a life-threatening brain hemorrhage. He told MTV News that when he returned home, the songs he began churning out reflected the spiraling dizziness he felt in his brain. The singer explained: “The music I was diving into was more of a laid-back feel, because of the state I was in — the recovery state, in your pajamas, just taking it super easy. I had extreme vertigo… my equilibrium was totally messed up. For nine months, I was dizzy… I kind of got used to it after a while, and I didn’t mind that, but after a while, I told Brann (Dailor, drums), I was like, ‘Man, I’m kind of getting tired of feeling euphoric.’”
Inspired, he took those experiences and worked them into a story about an out of body experience, which became Crack The Skye. Hinds told MTV News with a laugh: “We’re not really in this record. I mean, not as much as in previous albums. But, I can look at some of the lyrics, like, ‘I flew beyond the sun before it was time,’ I look at that lyric as being about the VMA night, you know? Like I went beyond the sun before it was time. I took it too far, and they were trying to pull me back in.”


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I flew beyond the sun before it was time
Burning all the gold that held me inside my shell
Waiting for you to pull me back in
I almost had the world in my sight

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