Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Some Nights by Fun – Powerful Messaging about Today’s Young People


This song and this video. Wow. I’ve been hearing the song on the radio for a while, but had not paid attention to the words until recently. I knew I loved the music and the feeling, but until I found this video, I had no idea the true power of this song. Take a watch (and turn it up!!):

I’m also pasting some of the lyrics below in this post, but here is what I take from this song: I believe this is reiterating what a lot of people out here are saying.

The generation this song is written for doesn’t know what they are fighting for.

They know they are fired up, they know that their time is here to make an impact on the world. They have more tools than any generation has ever had to communicate, to persuade  to succeed, to make good changes, to help society, and to help individuals.

But they don’t have a WHY.

It is powerful imagery to see these young men fighting each other in the Civil War, killing fellow Americans, and then questioning Why the hell they are doing it. What a heavy burden they had to live with. To compare that to the struggles we are faced with today is both inspiring and troubling. I suppose for me personally, it just speaks to the work of Simon Sinek, Tommy Newberry, Stephen Covey, and so many others that are out there helping people discover their WHY. We have the tools to do our best work, but we need the quiet time to know what our best work should really be all about. That’s what I call gumption, by the way.

If you think about this song too much, you may find it depressing, as I did at first. But I encourage you to take it as a challenge to find someone you can help figure out what they stand for.

And start by figuring out what you stand for.


LYRICS to Some Nights by Fun.

Some nights, I stay up cashing in my bad luck
Some nights, I call it a draw
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off

Oh Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for oh
What do I stand for? What do I stand for?

Most nights, I don’t know anymore…

This is it, boys, this is war – what are we waiting for?Why don’t we break the rules already?
I was never one to believe the hype – save that for the black and white
I try twice as hard and I’m half as liked, but here they come again to jack my style

Well, some nights, I wish that this all would end
Cause I could use some friends for a change

And some nights, I’m scared you’ll forget me again
Some nights, I always win, I always win…

So this is it? I sold my soul for this?
Washed my hands of God for this?

I miss my mom and dad for this?
(Come on)

No. When I see stars, when I see, when I see stars, that’s all they are
When I hear songs, they sound like this one, so come on
Oh, come on. Oh, come on, OH COME ON!
Well, that is it guys, that is all – five minutes in and I’m bored again
Ten years of this, I’m not sure if anybody understands
This one is not for the folks at home; Sorry to leave, mom, I had to go
Who the fuck wants to die alone all dried up in the desert sun?

The other night, you wouldn’t believe the dream I just had about you and me
I called you up, but we’d both agree
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… oh…
It’s for the best you didn’t listen
It’s for the best we get our distance… oh…



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