❞ With ‘Deer in the Headlights,’ I wrote a personal song that plays close to the chest in a way that no other song I’ve written ever has. I was ending a serious relationship at the time, and I was harrowed by the fact that so many people (specifically me) have a funny tendency to desire romance merely for the sake of avoiding loneliness, which ultimately means it’s not about LOVE at all! Sometimes it’s easy to be ‘blinded by the light’ and forget all about what true romance is designed by God to be. When all you focus on are the warm fuzzies, a relationship can become dangerous and disastrous very quickly. So the song plays closely to the fact that I needed to pull myself out of the lights and remember what’s more important than the romantic butterflies.
Deer In The Headlights was me taking a bit of a Blink-182 rock sound – a lot of electric guitar, kind of a live drum sound. I wanted to have a bit of a different flavor but still keep the essence of what people might expect from Owl City. It was a new frontier for me writing this song.