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I guess I'm writing about my own thoughts for a change.

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Days blend together, they feel the same
I don't much see the point of it all
Work real hard and you might get something
Get somewhere, but where is that?
Haven't I seen this all before?

Going in circles
Not old enough to remember
But I can feel it somewhere in the overtones
I've been here before

I feel chained
I'm not depressed
I feel stuck in place
No, I'm not depressed

Why am I only o.k. if I feel one way?
Can't seem to feel that one way.
"Sounds to me like you're depressed."
Tell me... why do I must feel that way?

Because
Someone's idea of what is normal
Go run after money and fame
Get yourself a career and family
And self-expression every day

But I
I don't care what life has to offer
Don't care for one identity
There is more than a sum of all that
That I can build with my small brain

Haven't I seen this all before?
Haven't I seen this all before?
Haven't I seen this all before?
Haven't I seen this all before?

Life can only offer you what fills you half-way
Life can only offer you the part that is insane
Life can only offer you what fills you half-way
Life can only offer you the part that is insane

I feel chained
I'm not depressed
I feel stuck in place
No, I'm not depressed



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Comments

billwhite51's picture

you sound a bit depressed during the first half of the song, with the repeating guitar figure, but when you start strummng it becomes clear that you are not depressed. \you are pissed off because of the stupid way things are.

A.Eye's picture

This song evolves really well. Starts of with more of a melancholy tune and then it picks up as the thoughts start to flood in. Sometimes it's really good to get those thoughts down

Amanda Rose Riley's picture

The music has a dark, weird, unsettling feel - even after it speeds up - that goes well with lyrics describing depression and basically nihilism, so I think you've done a good job here of matching the lyrics with the music, which can sometimes be difficult.

Frances Smith's picture

Like how the first half is about feeling stuck, and slow and almost gentle, and then the second half is angrier, as if expressing anger is a way of becoming unstuck. Which often it is, depending on what we do with it obviously. Maybe your songwriting this year has a therapeutic role, and is a way of processing emotions. I often feel stressed when I do 50/90 or FAWM but the stress is completely my own creation, but fighting it is very hard. I think your song is about something similar, it's about fighting our own emotions. A really good listen, which lots of interesting ideas in the song.

ballyhoot's picture

Don’t know if this will make sense, but this song feels like an Acoustic Bohemian Rhapsody. The changes in tempo, etc., and the emotional power — it’s an epic journey. Enjoyed listening to it. Thanks for sharing!

Candle's picture

I love the changes between moods from the sad, dark beginning to the powerful, driven second half. Excellent stuff, IA.

See You In The Shadows…

jeustan's picture

Hit it right on the head, you did. These are some honest words that perhaps many are thinking and don't talk about.

I like that you let the guitar speak in the first verses with a little call and answer with the lyrics. The words come alive as the guitar repeats the riff. It sets up nicely for the change in dynamics and the more energetic parts of the song sound bigger. Nice ending. It has closure and feels complete.

Mari Flowerbalm's picture

As mentioned by others, this evolves in a cool way-- I started out thinking one thing, then it knocks down that wall of ideas and goes off elsewhere, with different emotions.