Needle and Haystack Life (3:45)

Cover of Hello Hurricane

From Hello Hurricane

Lead singer Jon Foreman explained this song to NewReleaseTuesday (Source Needle and Haystack Life Songfacts): “All of the concepts behind the song - hope against the backdrop of chaos and meaninglessness, recognizing the value of every human life -these felt so existentially motivating. “Needle” felt like a song that I wanted to sing every night. And I felt like it could be done with an element of the horizon built into the song. So, onstage in Vegas we worked up the song in sound-check, recorded the idea into a cell phone, and came back with a fresh direction for the tune.

Drew came up with an ingenious idea for a unique guitar tone. We played the electric guitar through an amp, miked the amp with an acoustic guitar (in open tuning of the key of the song), plugged the acoustic guitar into another amp and recorded the signal from that second amp. The result was so expansive and dramatic I felt like it should start the record. So that’s what you hear at the top: a sweet amalgamation of electric and acoustic madness.”


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  • nDroae user I made it for deleted their account :P

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • nDroae

    I always associate this with Opeth's Porcelain Heart because I heard it for the first time while editing an avatar for someone from the Porcelain Heart video. Interesting combination

    28 May 2011 Reply
  • henhenversion

    loveee it!

    26 Apr 2011 Reply
  • WhiteEvil

    You breathe it in The highs and lows

    1 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Xalopalyps

    It's no accident we're here tonight, we are once in a lifetime!

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • sivola

    my favorite song on the album xD

    26 Apr 2010 Reply
  • javierjmed

    Definitivamente es una super-cancion... apenitas los estoy escuchando... pero ya esta cancion es una de mis faves... :D

    19 Apr 2010 Reply
  • soniapa17

    em encanta esa cancion ,el ritmo la letra todo ustedes son los mejores Dios los bendiga y sigan asiendo musik exelente

    21 Feb 2010 Reply
  • wariat234

    yeah great <3

    27 Jan 2010 Reply
  • nDroae

    v Amen to that :) "the very beginning, 'in this needle and haystack life' part reminds me a song, but can't remember what? Any ideas?" Well, it's the same thing they did with "Like freedom in spring" on Golden... which is why I was really excited to hear the start of this record, the good old sonically rich Switchfoot of Nothing is Sound is back. :D

    15 Dec 2009 Reply
  • theheartrender

    I know I already commented on this song.. but it's just recently been extra meaningful to me. it reminds me that even when I feel unimportant... I have a purpose in life. and I need to make the most of it while I'm here.

    14 Dec 2009 Reply
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    4 Dec 2009 Reply
  • EdgeLike

    This is the best song on the album. I love listening to it.

    28 Nov 2009 Reply
  • yosht

    without a doubt the best song on the album - "we are once in a lifetime" is a profound statement

    26 Nov 2009 Reply
  • ailene90

    i'm a needle girl in a haystack world.

    24 Nov 2009 Reply
  • shitshovel

    the very beginning, "in this needle and haystack life" part reminds me a song, but can't remember what? Any ideas?

    21 Nov 2009 Reply
  • theheartrender

    I adore this song

    19 Nov 2009 Reply
  • elementosekreto

    OMG!!!! thats SWITCHFOOT!!! the beeest! lo mejor de lo mejooooor los amoooo, superaron mis espectativas! T-T

    13 Nov 2009 Reply
  • Tigerpete

    ahhh yes!

    10 Nov 2009 Reply
  • fishniw

    most definitely

    3 Nov 2009 Reply
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