Dave Grohl said about the song: "The chorus says 'This is a call to all my past resignation'. It's just sort of like a little wave to all the people I ever played music with, people I've been friends with, all my relationships, my family. It's a hello, and in a way a thank you."
The song debuted at #12 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. It quickly rose to a peak of number 2, held off the top by Alanis Morissette's huge hit "You Oughta Know." This was the band's highest peak until the band's "Learn to Fly" topped the chart in late 1999. The song also surprisingly charted at #5 in the UK Singles Chart, their highest peaking single in this chart along with "All My Life", with both holding this record until "Best of You" reached #4 in 2005.
12" UK Vinyl Promo Single
1. "This Is a Call" (Grohl) - 3:52 2. "Podunk" (Grohl) - 3:03
7" Vinyl Single Stamped Label/French CD Single/Japan CD Single/7" Single
1. "This Is a Call" 2. "Winnebago" (Grohl, Turner) - 4:11
7" One-Sided Vinyl Single/UK Promo CD
1. "This Is a Call"
12" luminous Vinyl Single/UK CD Single/Radio Promo CD
1. "This Is a Call" 2. "Winnebago" 3. "Podunk"
Cassette Tape Single/Australian CD Single/Dutch CD Single
1. "This Is a Call" 2. "Winnebago" 3. "Podunk (Cement Mix)"
Visiting is pretty Visiting is good Seems that all they ever wanted was a brother This can be a secret We can keep it good Even all the ever wanting had a problem
This is a call to all my Past resignations This is a call to all
Fingernails are pretty Fingernails are good Seems that all they ever wanted was a marking
Them balloons are pretty Big and say they should Ever fall to ground Call the magic marker
This is a call to all my Past resignations This is a call to all This is a call to all my Past resignations It's been too long
Minicyn is pretty Minicyn is good Seems that all the cysts and mollusks tend to barter
Ritalin is easy Ritalin is good Even all the ones Who watered down the daughter
| Foo Fighters Singles|
|This Is a Call, I'll Stick Around, For all the Cows, Big Me, Rope|