Ever thought to yourself, "If I have to suffer through one more bad relationship, my heart is just gonna stop working entirely"? Well, Nate Ruess understands your pain -- as conveyed by his new solo single, "AhHa."
The jam -- which features quotes from poet E.E. Cummings' "Somewhere I Have Never Travelled, Gladly Beyond" -- sees Ruess struggling with pain and love. "By the time I turned 25/ I was lost among the pavement/ Lower than the basement," the fun. frontman sings over the driving beat, almost sneering as he calls out to his mama not to cry (if you didn't see the Queen comparisons before...).
"I found songs among the tragic/ Hung my hat on sadness," he continues, concluding, "But mom, I think I’m ready to free this grand romantic in me."
According to Ruess, a "grand romantic" is not only the title of his upcoming solo record -- due out June 16 -- it's also a person who is "willing to accept and step into it and be unaware and if bad things happen, c'est la vie!"
"I think at some point in my life I had my heart broken so many times that I was just willing to never get too up and never get too down," he told MTV News in a recent interview. "I think that the album is very romantic, but not in some sort of overt buying-flowers-for-someone type of way. I like to just think that romantic is the ability to feel the highs of falling in love, being in love -- just the appreciation of wonderful things that happen. And then also acknowledging the low moments and being willing to go there."
Well, it seems Ruess went there in his new single. And we can only imagine where else he'll travel, sonically, when the full album drops.
While we wait, let's watch Nate wax poetic about his performance at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony one more time: