About the song: This song tells the story of a kid who has developed a huge crush on his friend’s super-hot mom. Adam Schlesinger, songwriter and bassist for Fountains of Wayne, revealed in our interview that the track was actually inspired by a friend who was, curiously, attracted to Adam’s grandmother: “Well, one of my best friends told me that he thought my grandmother was really hot, that added a little bit to the song. That’s a true story. And my grandmother was pretty hot.”
About the song:Irwin Sparkes says on the thefounder.co.uk website about this song: “At the time we were on the dole, in our mid-20s, and it was all looking a bit uncertain, as we didn’t know where the next paycheck was going to come from. It was all a bit dodgy as we were under pressure as we had people saying they wanted big songs, big hits, whereas we were writing the songs that we wanted to. We then realized it didn’t work like that and ‘Worried About Ray’ came from the anxieties and worries about the future due to this. We really liked as well the way in which Arthur Miller writes his plays where there is a smaller meaning and a larger meaning. It is personal but can be stripped down to relate to society as a whole, like in Death Of A Salesman. Everyone can be ‘Ray’.”
About the song: The song is about breaking away from an old life and trying new things. Some may even consider it a song about growing up, and that could be true in some ways, but it is mostly about shedding your past and becoming a new person. The theme appealed to Clarkson, who could relate to the lyrics.