FOO FIGHTERS TIMES LIKE THESE | A HOPE AND COMPASSION TUNE USED IN 2020 AGAINST COVID-19

foo fighters times like these

Dave Grohl, Foo Fighters leader, composed ‘Times Like These’ in 2004, when he was feeling: scared but hopeful. Who would have thought that in 2020 a group of music stars will sing it to fight against COVID-19.

This is the story behind ‘Times Like These’, plus a game.

Foo Fighters Times Like These

BBC Radio 1 Stay Home Live Lounge Allstars Times Like These 2020 ft. Foo Fighters

| BBC Radio 1 organized an online event called “Live Lounge” asking British to stay home and protect from COVID-19.

| As a cheer song, because of its hope and compassion message, they chose Foo Fighters Times Like These 👍. All funds raised go to organizations that help vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19.

| List of artists that are part of this charity single: 5 Seconds of Summer, AJ Tracey, Anne-Marie, Bastille, Biffy Clyro, Celeste, Chris Martin of Coldplay, Dermot Kennedy, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, Foo Fighters, Grace Carter, Hailee Steinfeld, Jess Glynne, Mabel, Paloma Faith, Rag’n’Bone Man, Rita Ora, Royal Blood, Sam Fender, Sean Paul, Sigrid, YUNGBLUD and Zara Larsson.

| The song went to UK number one.

Image from YouTube video

🎯 Times Like These Game | Guess who?

25 singers and bands are part of the song, we’ve selected 8 of them so you guess who they are. Different levels of difficulty wink. Hover over the image to see the name. Tell us how many you get right in the Comments section.

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Trembol | How did Foo Fighters Times Like This end fighting COVID-19?

Let me start with a bit of history to get us in the situation. Nirvana, a mythical grunge group, disappeared in 1994 due to Kurt Cobain death. Then the band’s drummer, Dave Grohl, decides to record an album and does it in just 1 week playing all the instruments himself (except the backing guitar).

That would be the first Foo Fighters album. It was followed by  “The Colour and The Shape ”, which critics proclaimed one of the best 90s rock albums.

We jump to 2002, when “One by One” comes out, featuring Times Like These, a song that Dave Grohl wrote on a napkin at a difficult time in his life where he felt scared, but also hopeful, just like he stated. The album would become Foo Fighters’ first UK No. 1 and be awarded with the Grammy for Best Rock Album.

The story of the band continues to 2020, celebrating the 25th anniversary of Foo Fighters as one of the most admired alternative rock bands in the world and turning Times Like These into what has always been for me, a solidarity anthem that gives hope in times you need to fight against difficulties, meaning the damn virus!

By the way, as an anecdote, I love when renowned artists step out of the pot and start parallel projects. In Dave Grohl’s case, it’s a metal band called Probot (listen on YouTube, buy on Amazon ).

 

Dave Grohl from Foo Fighters tells us Times Like These meaning:

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The lyrics are about hope and love and compassion.

They discuss how I (Dave Grohl) felt like I wasn’t entirely myself [during the unsatisfying recording of the album and the uncertaintity about the future of the band].

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La letra habla de esperanza y amor y compasión.

Trata de como yo (Dave Grohl) no me sentía completamente yo mismo [durante la insatisfactoria grabación del álbum y la incertidumbre sobre el futuro de la banda]

You can’t miss ⭐️ Foo Fighters Times Like These Acoustic

You know that we usually highlight those parts of the song that excite us the most, but this time let us change the script and bring you Times Like These acoustic version, because it’s worthwhile It’s from an acoustic concert Foo Fighters recorded in 2006 in Hollywood, “Skin and Bones”, a must-have in any music library .

Foo Fighters Times Like These Acoustic

This is what it says | Foo Fighters Times Like These Lyrics and Spanish translation

English Lyrics

LYRICS FOO FIGHTERS | TIMES LIKE THESE | ENGLISH

I, I’m a one way motorway
I’m the one that drives away
Then follows you back home

I, I’m a street light shining
I’m a wild light blinding bright
Burning off alone

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

I, I’m a new day rising
I’m a brand new sky
To hang the stars upon tonight

I am a little divided
Do I stay or run away
And leave it all behind?

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

It’s times like these you learn to live again
It’s times like these you give and give again
It’s times like these you learn to love again
It’s times like these time and time again

LYRICS IN SPANISH

LYRICS FOO FIGHTERS | TIMES LIKE THESE | SPANISH

Yo, soy una autopista de un solo sentido
Soy aquel que se aleja
Luego te sigue de vuelta a casa

Yo, soy la farola luciendo
Soy una salvaje luz cegadora brillante
Ardiendo sola

Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a vivir de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que das y das de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a amar otra vez
Son tiempos como estos una y otra vez

Yo, soy un nuevo día amaneciendo
Soy un nuevo cielo
Para colgar las estrellas esta noche

Estoy un poco indeciso (dividido)
¿Me quedo o huyo
y lo dejo todo atrás?

Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a vivir de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que das y das de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a amar otra vez
Son tiempos como estos una y otra vez

Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a vivir de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que das y das de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a amar otra vez
Son tiempos como estos una y otra vez

Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a vivir de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que das y das de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a amar otra vez
Son tiempos como estos una y otra vez

Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a vivir de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que das y das de nuevo
Son tiempos como estos en los que aprendes a amar otra vez
Son tiempos como estos una y otra vez

How does Trembol write the lyrics, translation and meaning or story behind?

Translations in Trembol are handmade with a lot of care and love, because we want to explain you the real meaning of the song and the story behind it, with the author words and in different languages. For this reason, we do not use automatic translators, which translate word by word, without understanding the background of the lyrics. In Trembol we believe in emotions and spreading music, that is why we also translate manually all lyrics to Spanish, like this David Grohl Times Like These, one of the best Foo Fighters songs. Click on the box of the language you want to see, and it will open. If your screen is large enough (typically a PC) you will be able to view the two lyrics in parallel, the original and the Spanish translation at the same time. Cool, isn’t it!

Songwriters: Nate Mendel / Dave Grohl / Taylor Hawkins / Chris Shiflett | Letra de Times Like These © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Universal Music Publishing Group, BMG Rights Management | Background Image: Mr. Rossi / CC BY-SA

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Did you know...?

Times Like These” makes a nod to the 80s American group Hüsker Dü, one of Dave Grohl’s favourite bands, when it says, “I’m a new day rising”. New Day Rising is the first album of Hüsker Dü in 1985, which by the way, is included in the 500 best albums in history chart by Rolling Stone.

When Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters lead singer) found out that George W. Bush was using Times Like These for his presidential campaign in 2004, he decided to take part in his rival, John Kerry, campaign.

The song appears in the soundtrack of the famous comedy film American Pie 3

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Technical Note about Foo Fighters | Times Like These

  • The original song is in D Mayor key and it has a powerful rhythmic base, that goes quite fast at 145 bpm (bits per minute).
  • Times Like This” is a perfect tune to learn some music because it uses non-typical elements in contemporary pop-rock such as: Mixolydian mode and 7/4 Time Signature. If you want to learn more, we explain you about it hereinafter, otherwise skip this section and go straight to the best Foo Fighters songs.
  • You’ll find the chords and tabs for piano and guitar in the following sites: Cifraclub, Ukelele-tab and Songsterr, or if you are looking for the drums score: RossFaley. We also recommend:
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What is the Mixolydian mode?

We always tell you the key used for each song because that way you know the notes used in it. For instance, Times Like These, is D key, so if it were a standard Major scale, the music notes used would be:

  • D – E – F# (sharp) – G – A – B – C# (sharp)

The Major scale, also known as Ionic Mode, like all scales is defined by the distance between each pair of notes. In the Major scale, this is the pattern:

  • Tone – Tone – Semitone – Tone – Tone – Tone – Semitone
Mixolydian mode

A Tone are 2 Semitones, being a Semitone the distance between two piano keys (no matter if they are black or white, like Michael Jackson says laughing). Between C and D there is a black key, so the distance is 2 Semitones (1 Tone), and between E and F, there isn’t any, so the distance is 1 Semitone.

It happens that our song is in a different Mode called Mixolydian, which has the seventh note or grade (in this case “C”) a semitone lower than a Mayor scale: C# (sharp) C.

So, the keys used in Times Like These are: D – E – F# (sharp) – G – A – B – C; and the pattern: T – T – S – T – T – S – T

What is a 7/4 Time Signature?

Music is measured, but not in meters or liters, in units of time represented by notes of different value (quaver/eight note, crotchet/quarter note, minim/half note, etc.). These figures are grouped into bars that have a specific number of beats or pulses.

A time signature tells you the number of pulses per bar (the upper numeral, in our case 7) and the value of each beat (the lower numeral, in our case 4, which means a crotchet/quarter note). Time signatures can be classified according to the number of beats per bar: duple meter (2 beats), triple meter (3 beats), quadruple (4 beats), etc.; and according to the way beats are divided: simple (subdivisions of the beat are divided in 2 equal parts) and compound (subdivisions of the beat are divided in 3 equal parts).

One of the most common time signatures in western contemporary music is 2/4, which indicates that it has 2 beats in each bar and the value of each beat is a crotchet/quarter note, which is represented by number 4. Other common measure signatures are 3/4 and 4/4.

Times Like These, in certain parts of the song (like as of second 13, represented on the image), uses a 7/4 time signature. As you can see, there are 7 pulses of crotchet/quarter note, which is irregular or complex meter signature. In the end, it is a sum of 2 regular ones: 3/4 + 4/4.

Times Like These Foo Fighters 7/4

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