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FutureStarrDon T Go Chasing Waterfalls:.
I wanted “Waterfalls” to be our version of alternative music. When I heard an early version, I thought: “My god, this is perfect.” It was so left of what we’d done on our first album. It was amaze-balls.
TLC’s “Waterfalls” is based on people pursuing self-destructive ambitions. And these dangerous desires are termed as “waterfalls”. In other words, when TLC says “don’t go chasing waterfalls” this can be interpreted as “do not engage in the pursuit of self-destructive ambitions”. Moreover the “waterfall” symbolism as well as that of the line that follows which talks about sticking “to the rivers and the lakes that you’re used to” were apparently derived from a 1980 Paul McCartney song also entitled “Waterfalls”.
So far, “Waterfalls” has been covered by several other artists. Some of them include the following: “Waterfalls” was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals at the 38th edition of the Annual Grammy Awards (1996). It proved to be an extraordinary single for TLC. It not only peaked at number 1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, but it also reached number 4 in the UK Singles Chart.
Few songs spark deep feelings of 90s nostalgia like TLC’s “Waterfalls”, the third single from the group’s 1995 CrazySexyCool album. The song hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, went platinum, and received a Grammy nomination for Record of the Year.
Connect with TLC on Facebook, Instagram, their website, and on Twitter @OfficialTLC. (Source: "Waterfalls" is a song by American hip-hop group TLC. It was written by Marqueze Etheridge and Organized Noize along with a verse written by group member Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes for TLC's second album, CrazySexyCool (1994), with production by Organized Noize. The song was released as the third single from the album on May 29, 1995, in the United States, followed by a United Kingdom release on August 5, 1995.
I wanted “Waterfalls” to be our version of alternative music. When I heard an early version, I thought: “My god, this is perfect.” It was so left of what we’d done on our first album. It was amaze-balls. When we had finished recording it, we played it for Clive Davies, the big kahuna at the label. He was the boss of Arista, which distributed our label La Face. He didn’t like it. He said it was too deep. He didn’t think people would bump up the street to it. So we went to LA Reid, who ran LaFace. We bought a giant poster and wrote on it: “Please believe in us, we’ll make the best video ever.“ He went against Clive and put up the money. We called in to direct the video. The first time he showed us the concept – which showed a kid getting killed selling drugs and a guy contracting HIV – we started crying. AIDS was an epidemic at the time. Not long after the song came out, I was doing a book-signing and a man came up to me and held my hand. “I didn’t kill myself because of you,” he said. “I felt like nobody understood. But I felt like you guys understood how people can end up in my situation.” The day before recording, I’d been in a car with Lisa. We saw a beautiful rainbow. That’s how her rap starts: “I seen a rainbow yesterday.” She’d been through a lot with the house burning down, she’d been locked up in the Centre for drug and alcohol treatment. That was serious, what she said was real. It was for herself and everyone else who had been down the wrong path chased the wrong things. And she really did see that rainbow – and it made her feel good about life and remember how precious it is. That song still has meaning 25 years on. I will never forget the day we filmed that video. I can’t swim. It was 6 am and I’m on this little plastic thing in the middle of 80,000 tonnes of water, in the lake where they shot Jaws at Universal Studios. That’s why my feet are planted. I do not move. I was so worried about falling in. When we showed the video to Clive, he was like: “I knew it would be great!” And we were looking at him like: “What? Hush up!” We eventually fired people and got out of our deal. We were so underpaid. We made a lot of people wealthy. Being a black woman in the industry means you have so much going against you. I’m not fearful about anything. If I believe in something and want to talk about it, then that’s what we’re doing. I’m just happy that we were able to succeed in what we set out to do – make a difference. (Source: genius.com)