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Nobody's Watching
California Dreaming
Length: 3:58
Released: October 27, 2017
Writers: Danny, 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 and this song, once again, is meant to ... 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: Yeah, 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 so numb
Then I grab that book and turn the pages
And 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 help while the poor die young
It is what is, I won't hold my tongue
Dad died, whoa, what did that give me?
Strength inside, now the question lies
How you measure my value, I wonder
'Cause I reached and climbed from the gutter
If it’s my 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 so numb
Then I grab that book and turn the pages
And 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
(Sing loud, sing loud)
Like there's nobody listening, like there's nobody listening
(Sing loud, sing loud)
Like there's nobody listening, but the whole world's watching
But the whole world's watching

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

Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
(Like there's nobody watching)
Sing, sing like there's nobody watching
(Like there's nobody watching)
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
(Nobody listening)
Sing, sing like there's nobody listening
(Nobody, nobody)
Sing

Personnel

Hollywood Undead
Additional
  • Dan Lancaster - mixing

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