“No One Knows” is a song by American rock band Queens of the Stone Age written by band members Josh Homme and Mark Lanegan. It was the first single and second track from their third album, Songs for the Deaf, and was released on November 26, 2002. “No One Knows” was a chart success, becoming the band’s only single to top the US Modern Rock charts. The song was also critically acclaimed, receiving a nomination for Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2003 Grammy Awards.
We get some rules to follow
That and this, these and those
No one knows
We get these pills to swallow
How they stick in your throat
Taste like gold
Oh what you do to me
No one knowsI realize you’re mine
Indeed a fool am II journey through the desert
Of the mind with no hope
I drift along the ocean
Dead lifeboat in the sun
And come undone
Pleasantly caving in
I come undoneHeaven smiles above me
What a gift here below
But no one knows
The Gift you give to me
No one knows
According to Homme, “No One Knows” existed before the recording sessions for Songs for the Deaf: We have patience with music, a year or five years down the road it may kind of rewrite itself and become what it’s supposed to be. There’s two songs on this record that are over five years old, you know? ‘God is the Radio’ and ‘No One Knows’.
The main guitar riff of the song originally appeared on the track “Cold Sore Superstars” from Can You See Under My Thumb? There You Are, the eighth volume of Homme side-project The Desert Sessions. Recording for Songs for the Deaf began in March 2002 at three studios acrossCalifornia. Though the liner notes credit Homme and Eric Valentine with producing the majority of the album – including “No One Knows” – Homme credits Valentine with merely recording the beginning of the album for contractual reasons.
The music video for “No One Knows” was directed by Dean Karr and Michel Gondry; Gondry filmed the first half on June 26 and 27, 2002, with Karr taking over on July 15. Josh Homme has said Gondry was chosen because he “did all those videos for Björk and we’re huge fans of Björk, so we’re excited”.
The video is split into two sections and switches between them throughout. The first has band members Homme, Nick Oliveri and Mark Lanegan driving a truck at night, whereupon they hit a deer. When they get out to inspect, the deer proceeds to attack them before going on a rampage in theirInternational Harvester Scout. The second section of the video is of Homme, Oliveri, Troy Van Leeuwen and Dave Grohl performing the song against a black background.
“No One Knows” received heavy rotation on music video channels culminating in a nomination for the MTV2 Award at 2003 MTV Video Music Awards, where it lost to AFI for “Girl’s Not Grey”.
Queens of the Stone Age
|Also known as||Gamma Ray (1996–1997)|
|Origin||Palm Desert, California, United States|
|Genres||Alternative rock, hard rock, stoner rock,alternative metal, psychedelic rock|
|Labels||Matador Records, MCA Music, Inc.,Interscope, Rekords Rekords,|
|Associated acts||Eagles of Death Metal, Fififf Teeners,Kyuss, Mondo Generator, Sweethead,The Dead Weather, The Desert Sessions,Them Crooked Vultures, Foo Fighters,A Perfect Circle, Mini Mansions|
Troy Van Leeuwen
image: deer by Stupid Funny Graphic