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Song: Be Someone

FAWM 2019

Album: FAWM 2019
Track: #18

Here's another one that I feel like has a lot of good stuff in it, but the execution is either a.) bad or b.) so different than what I'd hoped that I'm afraid to look too closely at it.

The subject matter I've been writing about the last few days has been deeply personal (and immediately topical), so I keep coming away from the songs in a rather dour mood and unreceptive to my daily artifacts. That's just part of the process -- pour a song out whether you're tapped or not.

I like this one, because the main progression came from a song my friend Phil Taylor and I made up in a jam many years ago (the "age is in the be older" pun also came from him), but I had expectations going in that weren't realized, and that's always disorienting/bewildering to me.

As always, thanks for the responses on what you hear, like, don't get, etc. It amazes me how differently my songs sound to others, and it really helps keep me motivated to fight through even on the days it all sounds like rubbish to me (or be humbled on the days I think it's genius). :)

Lyrics Print

They say people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones
But that assumes the house they're in is their own
Sometimes the only way out is to kick and scream and moan
Don't ask, just eventually atone

They say beauty's in the eye of the beholder
So I say age must therefore be in being older
The world is only heavy when you put it on your shoulders
Burn when they expect you just to smolder

To further that along
You don't have to be someone
Or anything at all

They say they don't care, don't let the door hit you in the back
You don't have to know a thing to be the leader of the pack
Just hope you're not a pot, or you'll never call the kettle black
Retreat is sometimes the best attack

To carry that one on
You don't have to be someone
Or anything
To carry that one on
You don't have to be someone
Or anything
To carry that one on
You don't have to be someone
Or anything at all

But if this is the end we all
Need to pretend we fought
And stood up against them all
And won
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