Singled Out: My Jerusalem

05/10/2013
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Today My Jerusalem lead singer and guitarist Jeff Klein tells us about their song 'Born In The Belly' (album version) from their latest album, "Preachers". Here is the story:

I have always felt like I was born into playing rock and roll. As if I had no other choice. I think 'Born In The Belly' is unanimously everyone in the band's favorite song on the album and favorite to play live. I remember waking up at four in the morning with the melody to the song in my head. I paced my kitchen for about two hours with my trusty $15 pawnshop nylon string guitar trying to exorcise it from my head. Sometimes writing songs is like forcing yourself to be sick. You keep jamming your fingers down your throat until you cough the damn thing up.

Once I brought the idea to the band it immediately took a different shape. The drum parts made it a much more visceral, cathartic experience. We recorded that song live to keep true to its urgency. It also has my favorite nerdy moment on the record. There's a point at the end of the solo section where mine and Jon's guitars are both feeding back and they both create this weird shifting wave from right to left. It's one of those things that you have to listen to in headphones, but it's great.

Lyrically, the song is about the struggle to maintain being an artist the older we get as well as maintaining your values and inspiration while doing it. "I kept my pride but I still lost my youth. Now I'm running on fumes, but I'm still coming for you". In a sense, it's about never giving up on your dreams. The lyrics "I fell from the shoulders of your high-rise to the slums of your lo-fi, any mic is my home" are saying that whether you're in the spotlight or far underground, your music is inside of you. You shouldn't allow its worth to be determined by others.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

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