While reading the book which inspired the 1985 film St. Elmos Fire, St. Elmo by Augusta Jane Evans, it gave me the idea to show them why I love Alabama so much and places I had been to when little.
In the fall we, several on the Def Leppard road crew, Kurt Cobain, and members of INXS, went to Noccalula Falls National Park located in Gadsden, Alabama (pictured top right). It was named for the Cherokee princess Noccalula who, according to local legends, plunged to her death after being ordered by her father to marry a man she didn’t love. The bronze statue memorializing her jump into the falls.
Unfortunately, the day we went to the falls it was at a low ebb and disappointing. This inspired the lyrics to the song “Waterfalls” performed by TLC.
I was running along the dirt path in front of Michael Hutchence to get a view of the falls when I tripped over a tree root. This inspired their song “Falling Down The Mountain (Kiss The Dirt)” released on the album Listen Like Thieves in October ’85.
With the song Creep also released on TLC’s ’94 Crazy Sexy Cool album, in the lyrics I make reference to a song I made up for Prince titled “Gett Off”.
“The 23rd of loneliness” in Creep is a reference to “23 position in a one night stand” in Gett Off.
While Andrew Farris and Hutch were teaching me Aussie slang words when the subject came to The Outback and words like “the Bush” and “Shrub” which, due to the accent, I misunderstood as “scrub”. That is what inspired the song “No Scrubs” and eventually the band name Bush.
This trip to Noccalula Falls also inspired the lyrics in Nickelback’s song “Leader of Men”.
“One day, up to a cliff
That overlooks the water
I jumped in to save a girl
It was somebody’s daughter”