"Most of the time, for me, writing involves procrastination, fear, doubt, criticism. Most songs I write I have to torture myself; be a prima donna for about an hour. But 'Iris' came so easy. I'd broken two strings on my guitar, so I'd started winding all the strings up and down in these weird configurations, and that song just came out. It was like a gift.'' - Johnny Rzeznik
"I was thinking about the situation of the Nicolas Cage character in the movie City of Angels. This guy is completely willing to give up his own immortality, just to be able to feel something very human. And I think, 'Wow! What an amazing thing it must be like to love someone so much that you give up everything to be with them.' That's a pretty heavy thought." - Johnny Rzeznik
''We knew if we put this song out, a lot of people, including fans, would probably hate us. But we didn't care because we knew it was good! I've always believed that if you write a song you plan to play every night, it damn well better be an honest extension of who you are. At that time, 'Iris' was." - Johnny Rzeznik
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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