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June 23, 2008

Song-A-Not-So-Weekly #49 - Two Sides

Hey guys. The songs in between "What Now" (#43) and this one are mostly really short ideas - so you're not missing much. You may see a few of them pop up here - I apparently won't be keeping stuff in sequence much. Oh well. Here's a new one.

Two Sides
(C) 2008 Matthew Good

I take care of myself
before I think of somebody else.
It's not that I'm a greedy man,
despite the mounting evidence.

It's just that I don't trust
my fellow man enough.
It makes me wonder which came first
the water rights, or the thirst.

In every song I sing
The narrator embodies me.
But he's not who I am,
he's a much better man than me.

Cuz I'm not full of love
and I'm not full of charity.
I mostly deal in fear,
and paranoid anxiety.

Every now and then,
despite who I've become,
I lend someone a hand who needs it.

There two sides
to my life,
and they struggle
For my attention.

You'll know
my true love
by the last kiss
of the evening.


A lot of the songs for song-a-week haven't necessarily been autobiographical. It's kind of hard (not to mention egotistical) to write some new "profound" thing about yourself once a week. So I had to fictionalize a bit. But this time, it's definitely me singing.

When I got my first job and started making and spending more money than I ever had before, I started doing some reading on what the heck you're actually supposed to do with this crap. And when you talk about investing, the ideas of fear and greed come up. They are generally presented as opposites. I think its Buffet who is referencing Graham who always says "Be greedy when others are fearful, and fearful when others are greedy." But when you are not used to a bunch of responsibility, or an actual awareness of the limited nature of any and all resources, and you rather suddenly experience both, fear and greed are synonymous. That's what I'm talking about in this song. Hope you like it anyway.

Posted by pedalboy at June 23, 2008 7:33 PM | TrackBack

i definitely needed this tonight. thanks man. great sound- almost morrissey at times.

Posted by: Joel at June 23, 2008 9:39 PM

Very nice, Matt.

Posted by: Kristina at June 24, 2008 7:41 AM

I listened to this one again today, and I think I want it to feel a bit like coldplay's The Scientist. So... yeah. That.

Posted by: matt g at June 24, 2008 12:44 PM
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