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Nobody's Watching
California Dreaming
Length: 3:58
Released: October 27, 2017
Writers: Danny, J-Dog
Producer: J-Dog
Album: V

Nobody's Watching is a song from the band's fifth studio album, V.

Background

In an interview with Loudwire, Johnny 3 Tears talked about the song:

"I think that was one of the songs on the record where we said, 'Look, let's put something out, let's make something we want to make. We won't overdo it, we won't put a ton of these on the record,' because, like you said, in the traditional sense, we're a rock band. There's only so much you can get away with. We wanted to put a couple ballads on there because we write those for every record. Like I told you before, the record labels were always like, 'Eh, this isn't you,' which is annoying, because you think we get to decide what we are, but you don't. So this is one of those first opportunities where we said, 'Hey, whatever we write, we'll decide in the end what goes on without someone else telling us.' And the band just chose.

Typically, that song wouldn't have been able to make it, but we're pretty proud of it. That's one of the cool things and that's one of the products of being able to do our own thing... When you're a musician, everyone's affected by everything that goes on in the world on some level or another unless they're just completely out of it. And when you write music, you can't help but be touched by those things because you're thinking about, I want to write a song. Some of them just hit you and sometimes you look at it and go, 'I think now, more than ever, no matter what side of the spectrum you're on or where you're at in life, we need more music like that.'

There's a lot of challenges happening and challenges ahead. We just want to inspire people to feel good about themselves and do what they think is right and be kind to each other and all those corny, cliché things that people say every day. For some reason, we still need to remind one another all the time. That really is what that song is about."

Lyrics

Danny: Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing

J-Dog: I feel like I'm sinking, I feel like I'm reaching
For something that's out of my grasp, when I think I got it reality sinks in
On the dark side of the moon, just give me my space
'Cause I got a list of mistakes all written in ink I won't get to erase
If I counted my blessings, I could spend my whole life counting
'Cause truthfully nothing is too late to fix, be the Blackbird on the White Album
And if I have so much to say, then why would I pipe down then?
'Cause life's getting shorter and shorter, so sing for the moment right now then

Danny: It's times like this I feel I'm on the pavement
It's like my heart's all numb
Then I grab that book and turn the pages
To see how far I've come

And just sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing

J-Dog: Yeah, I feel like I'm peaking, I become a beast when
I dig deep inside of myself and let it all out when I conquer these demons
It gives me the freedom, I'm breaking away from these chains
I'm embracing the change and finding the courage to face all this pain
Wealth gives health while the poor die young
It is what it is, I won't hold my tongue
Dad died poor, what did that give me?
Strength inside, now the question lies
How you measure my value, I wonder
'Cause I've reached the clouds from the gutter
If it's by heart then I'm breaking the bank
Add up what matters, now do the numbers

Danny: It's times like this I feel I'm on the pavement
It's like my heart's all numb
Then I grab that book and turn the pages
To see how far I've come

And just sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing

Like there's nobody listening, like there's nobody listening
Like there's nobody listening, but the whole world's watching
Choir: (Sing loud, sing loud)
Danny: Like there's nobody listening, like there's nobody listening
Choir: (Sing loud, sing loud)
Danny: Like there's nobody listening, but the whole world's watching
But the whole world's watching

Choir and Danny: Just sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Sing

Choir: Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Danny: (Like there's nobody watching)
Choir: Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
Danny: (Like there's nobody watching)
Choir: Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Danny: (Nobody listening)
Choir: Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
Danny: (Nobody, nobody)
Choir and Danny: Sing

Background vocals

  • An unidentifiable vocalist says "Don't let me feel like/Don't let me feel like" in the intro.

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Tiah Barnes - choir vocals
  • Kate Crellin - choir vocals
  • Isabella Custino - choir vocals
  • Brian Gardner - mastering
  • Jairus Gil - choir vocals
  • Ernest Harrison - choir vocals
  • Dajon James - choir vocals
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing
  • Rhys May - mixing assistant

Trivia

  • This is J-Dog’s favorite song from the album.
  • The band said this song is about not being afraid to let go of your inhibitions and chasing your dreams.
  • J-Dog makes a reference to three popular songs that are known for their motivational qualities:
  • This is the first song with a choir that isn't composed of children.