There is nothing about this song that would make you say, “Oh, that’s David Archuleta,” except the Voice.

Most people don’t associate David with a rock sound – in fact some people haven’t quite gotten tuned into David’s pop-star status. There are still some who only remember the 17-year-old sweetheart with the gorgeous voice who sang ballads on American Idol. Truly, some people are just not tuned in. And they would surely be surprised to hear David perform this song, with it’s disquieting lyrics and clear rock sound.

During the introduction, the bare bones of basic drum beats and single guitar notes, lays the rhythmic backdrop for the rest of the song. Then we are treated to David’s clear voice accompanied by a simple staccato bass guitar and drum.

Wasting time, just going mindless
Watching your charades
When you were younger, did it occur to you
10 years from then, you’d act the same age?

When the band kicks in with a vibrant rock background we feel the full depth of emotion the words imply.  The power of David’s voice is amplified by the background vocals – David’s own voice in harmony or in counterpoint – that add a richness and complexity further contributing to the rock vibe.

Did you feel like stomping the roses?

At a recent performance in New Albany, David literally stomped on the stage during this song. The Archustomp, only ramped up! He turned up the rock vibe and gave us the intensity of some recent performances of Don’t Let Go. And perhaps just as Don’t Let Go is very personal to David, this song is, too.  Written by David and Bryce Avery (The Rocket Summer), this pop-rock sound is not what we expect to hear from David. And yet, there’s nothing better than when David rips on a rock song and makes it seem almost as natural as hearing him sing a ballad.

What makes this song truly unique for David, though, is the lyrics. They’re edgy and much more raw than anything he’s done before.

Edgy David

Did you feel like stomping the roses?
Smashing out all the feeling inside of them
It’s bad business
The way you’re stomping the roses

We’ve always known that there was strength in David, a backbone of steel disguised in his sweet countenance and manner. But recently we guessed from his tweets that he was making that backbone known in his management meetings at Jive… hints from him of having to stand up for what he wanted on this album. And now we know that he’s changed managers as well.

I’ve always been your token nice guy
I know that you rule your whole world
Thought I could live in it
But I just can’t

Sounds like David is putting out a little bit of sass! This rocked-out, edgy song may just be David’s declaration of independence.

Go David!

Wasting time, just going mindless
Watching your charades
When you were younger, did it occur to you
10 years from then, you’d act the same age?

I cannot carry on this way
Although I’ve carried all your every little thing
Carry me away

Chorus:
Did you feel like stomping the roses?
Smashing out all the feeling inside of them
It’s bad business
The way you’re stomping the roses

I was flipping channels on my television
And it made me feel unwell
One of those complicated soap operas
I almost felt like I was watching myself

I cannot carry on this way
Although I’ve carried all your every little thing
Carry me away

Chorus:
Did you feel like stomping the roses?
Smashing out all the feeling inside of them
It’s bad business
The way you’re stomping the roses

Everyone knows it
I know I know I know I know
It’s over and
I know I know I know
I’ve always been your token nice guy
I know that you rule your whole world
Thought I could live in it
But I just can’t

Chorus:
You know you’re stomping the roses
Smashing out all the feeling inside of them
It’s bad business
The way you’re stomping the roses
Everyone knows it

Stomping the roses
Smashing out all the feeling inside of them
It’s bad business
The way you’re stomping the roses

Ah-ooohhhh
Stomping, stomping, yeah
Take it easy, yeah
Nanananananana, yeah

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