Songwriting Analysis: Toad the Wet Sprocket “Good Intentions”

Toad the Wet Sprocket: In Light Syrup

Toad the Wet Sprocket’s relatable everyman persona is amply reflected in the hit “Good Intentions.”  How do they elevate this straight forward song from being a generic folk rock to a feel-good anthem?

  • An untuneful, talky verse melody that make the listener focus on the band’s strength — lyrics.
  • A chorus that seems to open up despite it having just a few notes, thanks to its contrast against the almost-single-note verse.
  • Pentatonic scale employed in the chorus which has built-in gaps in intervals to reinforce the sense of openness without sounding too overtly happy.