Falling for the First Time

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"Falling for the First Time"
Falling For The First Time.jpg
Single by Barenaked Ladies
from the album Maroon
Released May 22, 2001[1]
Format CD single
Recorded 2000
Genre Alternative rock
Length 3:40
Label Reprise
Songwriter(s) Steven Page
Ed Robertson
Producer(s) Don Was
Barenaked Ladies singles chronology
"Too Little Too Late"
"Falling for the First Time"
"Thanks That Was Fun"
"Too Little Too Late"
"Falling for the First Time"
"Thanks That Was Fun"
Audio sample
Music video
"Falling for the First Time" on YouTube

"Falling for the First Time" is the third single by Canadian group the Barenaked Ladies from their 2000 album, Maroon. The song was composed by Steven Page and Ed Robertson. The song also appears on the band's 2001 compilation album, Disc One: All Their Greatest Hits and the soundtrack of the TV show, Malcolm in the Middle. Following the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the song was placed on the list of post-9/11 inappropriate titles distributed by Clear Channel.

Music video[edit]

The music video begins with a security guard at a museum (played by BNL's keyboardist Kevin Hearn's cousin Harland Williams) who is bored watching the camera monitors decides to change the channel to a TV station. The only channel to pop up shows the band playing the song, despite efforts by the guard to return the monitors to normal. Enraged the guard takes the camera monitor and tosses it into the garbage bin. As the guard returns to his desk the song has just ended, in the background the band can be seen leaving with several pieces of stolen artwork from the museum along with taking the monitor he just tossed, revealing that the video was used to distract the guard.

Critical response[edit]

Rolling Stone magazine said that the single "strives to translate the emotional rush of falling in love into a swirling, shimmering wall of sound—with a nice detour for the earthbound observation, 'anyone perfect must be lying.'"[2] Billboard said the song was "shimmering."[3]


  • Ed Robertson - lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars
  • Steven Page - backing vocals
  • Jim Creeggan - electric bass, backing vocals
  • Kevin Hearn - piano, synthesizer, backing vocals
  • Tyler Stewart - drums, backing vocals
  • Rob Menegoni - tambourine


Chart (2000) Peak
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 11


  1. ^ https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0011ZW9DO Amazon: Falling for the First Time
  2. ^ Moon, Tom (2000-09-14), "Barenaked Ladies". Rolling Stone. (849):171
  3. ^ Paoletta, Michael (2000-09-16), "Reviews & Previews: ALBUMS". Billboard. 112 (38):26

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