Foo Fighters ‘Waiting on a War’ reminds us children deserve a future without having to live in fear

With all the craziness going on in America as Joe Biden’s inauguration draws closer, it is no wonder many American children are worrying about what is coming next.

As Foo Fighters‘ front man Dave Grohl explained when the band’s latest single ‘Waiting on a War‘ dropped today, children deserve both a good future as well as a present that allows them to have a proper childhood, rather than one that causes them to live in fear.

This sentiment all came about after Grohl had a conversation with his 11-year-old daughter Harper last year when she asked him “Daddy, is there going to be a war?”.

“My heart sank as I realized that she was now living under the same dark cloud that I had felt 40 years ago. I wrote ‘Waiting on a War’ that day. Every day waiting for the sky to fall. Is there more to this than that? Is there more to this than just waiting on a war? Because I need more. We all do. This song was written for my daughter, Harper, who deserves a future, just as every child does.”

Foo Fighters’ ‘Waiting on a War‘ also comes with a trippy animated video that features a pair of feet walking.

The feet are first wearing sneakers colored with the rainbow colors of peace, then morph into spiked boots a teenager trying to figure out who he is would wear. That teen’s feet are soon wearing military boots, which then become a pair of amputated feet that then disintegrate into decaying flesh until they disappear.

A perfect way to illustrate how, in today’s increasingly violent world, a person can change from a naive but hopeful one to someone suddenly in a situation they never wanted, and one that eventually kills them.

Often for a cause they don’t even care about. (continue reading and listen to Foo Fighters’ ‘Waiting on a War‘ after the promo…)

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It is probably also no coincidence that Dave Grohl’s 52nd birthday is today. The same day the ‘Waiting on a War‘ song and animated video was released.

After all, as we get older, we understand the true horrors of war and how the idea of it looming negatively affects all of us but, in particular, our children.

Listen to Foo Fighters’ ‘Waiting on a War‘ in that video below.

The song is from Foo Fighters’ 10th studio album Medicine at Midnight, releasing on February 5th. With two other songs already released — ‘No Son of Mine‘ and ‘Shame Shame’ — this one sounds like it will be a banger.


About Michelle Topham

Brit-American journalist based in Austria, former radio DJ at 97X WOXY, and Founder/CEO of Leo Sigh. I've covered K-drama, K-pop, J-pop and music news for over a decade.