What It Means to Be

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I write a lot of songs questioning reality and existence, but this song addresses these questions more directly and perhaps more successfully than any other. The process of recording the song took a couple of false starts, before we stripped it down to its basics and built it up again, but the extra effort was worth it. It builds nicely to the final “How did I get here / Do I belong here" chorus, and when Rick chimes in with his “ask myself what it means” harmonies, it's just perfect.
-ALJ

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Lyrics:


How did I get here?
I know I don’t belong here
I don’t even know what it means to be

I appreciate the concept
It’s easy to believe in things
But look around and nothing seems to be… to be…

Real. What is real?
What you feel, what you see, what you hear?
What does it mean… to be?

So much has happened
And so much hasn’t happened
And so much never happened
And so much never happens

But I still feel inside
Like I’m on a great thrill ride
I look around and I wonder
Will I be brilliant in your eyes
Or will I blunder?
And when I look around, I’m in wonder…

How did I get here?
Do I belong here?
And I ask myself what it means
How did I get here?
Do I belong here?
And I ask myself what it means…
To be.

Do I belong here?
And I ask myself what it means
How did I get here?
Do I belong here?
And I ask myself what it means…
To be.
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Lyrics ©2004 Andrew L. Jackson

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from Survival of the Cutest, released April 15, 2005
Andy: Lead vocals, wah-wah guitar, “harpsichord” guitar, synthesizers, drum loop, percussion
Rick: Keyboard bass, slide e-bow guitars, bongo drums, backing vocals, instrument treatments

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Zru Vogue San Francisco, California

Avant-Pop, Art-Funk, Surrealist Indie Rock from the San Francisco Bay Area. Zru Vogue's first single "Nakweda Dream" (1981) is an early post-punk classic. Band members Andrew Lawrence Jackson, Rick Cuevas, and Patrick Coyne continue to create inspired new music for postmoderns. ... more

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