“My Party” is actually about your last birthday party, right?
The chorus is. I got kind of lonely when we weren’t touring, and I took a liking to Rachel Bilson from The O.C. I had my birthday in Los Angeles, and beforehand everyone kept asking me what I wanted. I kept saying, ”I don’t mind, as long as Rachel Bilson’s there.” It was a total joke. Anyway, we had the party at this big club. There were a lot of people there, not just for my party, but there were other things going on there, too. We walked in, and as God is my witness, the first person I saw was Rachel Bilson. She wasn’t there for me, of course. But she must have recognized us because she waved. I just froze up. She had her boyfriend of the time with her, so I couldn’t just go up and say, ”Holy s—-! You’re here!” So I put that in the song. Hopefully she’ll read this.