Dave Grohl shared the inspiration behind the Foo Fighters’ hit single “Learn to Fly” in a recent appearance on The Kelly Clarkson Show, and the story behind the track was definitely a surprise to Clarkson.
Clarkson told Grohl how inspiring his lyrics were and how moved she was by the “Learn to Fly” lyric, “Look to the sky to save me/Looking for a sign of life/Looking for something to help me burn out bright.”
While Clarkson found a deep meaning in the song, Grohl, unfortunately, had to tell her that the story behind the song wasn’t deep at all.
“I don’t want to burst your bubble… at the time I wanted to become a pilot! I wanted to learn to fly — I did! That’s it,” explains Grohl, much to the playful disappointment of Clarkson. “I’m sorry. It’s what I’m talking about. I’m singing because I want to learn how to be a pilot. You’re singing because, ‘I’m so inspired by life’ and whatever.”
This Saturday (October 30), Foo Fighters will be in Cleveland to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the class of 2021. As previously reported, Paul McCartney will be doing the honors of inducting the band.