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Peace is the Only Answer on Foo Fighters Emotional 'Waiting on a War'

Foo Fighters
Andreas Neumann

Foo Fighters

Singer Dave Grohl said he wrote the song for his daughter Harper.

The Foo Fighters dropped the third preview of their upcoming 10th studio album Medicine at Midnight (Feb. 5) on Thursday (Jan. 14), the emotional give peace a chance anthem "Waiting on a War." The mostly acoustic song was inspired by a disheartening conversation singer Dave Grohl had with his daughter Harper last fall that reminded him of his own fears of nuclear annihilation when he was her age.

"Last fall, as I was driving my daughter to school, she turned to me and asked, 'Daddy, is there going to be a war?,'" Grohl said in a statement. "My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote 'Waiting on a War' that day. Everyday waiting for the sky to fall. Is there more to this than that? Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? Because I need more. We all do."

Grohl dedicated the song to Harper, who he said, "deserves a future, just as every child does."

The pain, fear and hope Grohl talks about feeds the song's simple, but high-impact lyrics, which open with the lines, "I've been waiting on a war since I was young/ Since I was a little boy with a toy gun/ Never really wanted to be number one/ Just wanted to love everyone," which tumbles into the affecting chorus, "Is there more to this than that? (x3)/ Is there more to this than/ Just waiting on a war?"

The four-minute Greg Kurstin-produced song, which is mostly acoustic guitar, strings and subtle bass and drums, picks up the pace and intensity as it moves through a second verse about waiting for the sky to fall and scenes of a little boy lost turning to the radio for solace. The final minute of the track then explodes into a patented Foos rager, as the languid pace triples up and the song charges to a frenzied, cathartic conclusion.

The band will perform the track -- and celebrate Grohl's 52nd birthday -- during its network TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday night. "War" is the third track the band has released from the nine-track, 37-minute album so far, following on the heels of "No Son of Mine" and "Shame Shame."

Listen to "Waiting on a War" below.