November 1 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Sirius B” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Sirius B” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”


First, my apologies for delays on the continuation of this project! I feel a bit behind on things for a while and am jubilant to be continuing where I left off.

These pieces may not seem like a like of content, but regardless of that they can take three to four hours each and so while I hate it, sometimes they must be sat aside until I have a completely free evening 🙂

Excuses out of the way lets talk about Sirius B.

So let’s Recap them Lyrics and discuss!


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Buckle up your seatbelts we about to leave on a road trip

The first line is just an intro primarily, but I think in a way it is also saying “Listen to us please, and pay close attention because what we are going to say is important.” Let’s see what they have to say!

I feel this song is very much using the metaphor of taking a ship into space, and going into space, as a journey through your mind, the state of mind, and going to a place where you are happy. A sort of a break from the everyday things that drag you down and make life “hard” or take away your happiness. So it’s time to take a journey back to a place where you are happy.

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Except there’s no road our ship takes off like a bomb exploded

No road here has the distinct meaning of they are talking about traveling through space. The deeper meaning is that they are traveling a path that is in the mind.

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Stopped for gas at the Saturn but it was 150 a liter
So we hop on over to Venus it’s at least a little bit cheaper
And I had just left the station when I had to get off on the shoulder
License and registration do ya know why I pulled you over
You were doin’ 305 in a 200 million

The man, always putting you down, stopping you from doing what you want to. Society also does the same with its pressures to conform to it and to think the same, rather than going outside of what has been deemed accepted.

This can happen when you are going to unusual places even within your mind.

Also, that as you explore yourself, you will have those thoughts, beliefs, and pressure in your mind slowing you down but you just have to get past it.

You have to question everything so that you can come to your own understandings.

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You’re lucky I like ya music son I saw you chuggin’ that Killians

Killian’s is a damned fine beer! Before microbreweries became common in my area and you drank nothing but the standard grocery store shelved beers, this was my beer of choice.

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But he let me go I get back fine I step off the ship

Breaking away from those thoughts that are holding you back in your mind.

I’m finally home I take a deep breath as my skin wets from the mist
And try to think of Earth but it’s almost like I forget it exists
The only thing I know is that they makin’ a mess of that bitch

I think this is all about perspectives. Thinking in larger viewpoints and seeing things from the outside. Looking at how we treat our planet and the life on it, rather than being a part of it.

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Takin’ a walk through the forest all the flowers lean toward us
You can tell they adore us and when the animals saw us
They lined up everyone from small as a flea to as big as a tyrannosaurus
And they started singing for us can’t remember it all
But I think the chorus was like

A union and sharing with everything. Plan, animal, and insect alike. The importance of life, all life in the world. Something that as you search yourself, understand yourself, and become happy that often weighs heavily on the mind in my experience.

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(Chorus) Hello there
Welcome to the place you’re from

What is important is how this line is said. It says “The place you’re from,” it does not say “Home.” I feel that this is very much a reference to home, being a state of mind and not a physical place.

That at this part in the song you have reached within your inner mind that place of peace.

You’ve been away for far too long So sit back it’s all fine now
And just know that there’s a place for
You with us tonight

I feel that this is all talking about a place of comfort for you or within yourself.

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(Verse 2)
Kick back with a six pack I’m good
The leaders back in the hood
Watch ships zig­zag through the sky
Pop a couple Tic­tacs

He’s doing what makes him happy. It speaks about being happy and finding a place of happiness in yourself. Not doing physical things.

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I know you’d Wanna be here
fact is ya could
Wanna make sure that’s understood
But ya gotta find your own way here
There ain’t no GPS trackin’ the route
You’d love it wanna take a tour

Something anyone that ever finds their own place of peace within themselves will understand, is that no one else could have put them there.

There are things you learn and that can be taught that give you tools to help you find that place, but ultimately only you can travel in your own mind.

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That’s more of a metaphor here we can teleport
Go anywhere when we hella bored
Saw a car what’s that, what the hell’s it for
We can blink and be there we alien

You can travel anywhere in your own mind, once you learn the routes to take.

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We don’t smoke weed we smoke uranium
You know you’re high when ya cranium Explodes with the sound of a crowded stadium
20 hour nights makin’ moonshine outta moonlight
We don’t need to eat but we keep food around so we can have food fights
You should hear the music homie we never do whats been done twice
Uh, better get some ice partys go ‘til third sunrise
Fuck with us that’d be unwise we could take you out in a burst of heat
But that’ll never happen ‘cause we believe in universal peace
So come party with us where the shots vanish mysteriously
And seriously that’s how we do on Sirius B

This is all much as we have seen throughout the song. We went up this huge hill if you will, and now we are on a straight piece of flatland racing along.

Metaphors for being happy and explorings one’s self. This can be done with other people is both a metaphor and at the same time it is not.

It mean’s share the journey with them. Explore yourself. Question everything, and then you will have a connection with each other.

Also enjoy the journey, not just the destination. Teleporting from earlier’s, cars, ships, and the continual fast movement of party, drinking, songs. Is all about enjoying the journey, not just the destination.

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(Chorus)
That’s what’s up That’s what’s up That’s what’s up That’s what’s up
That­that­that­that’s what’s up

Awwww man, and with that, it is time for me to wrap up this journey, which I took with Recap. I hope that those who didn’t fully understand the journey may now enjoy it more. Thank you for tagging along with me on this trip.

Remember, this series is being done with permission and is only my thoughts and impressions of their music. I may get some things wrong, I may put meaning where they did not intend it, and I am fully sure I’m not getting it all (Sometimes I have revelations by an even deeper meaning in a line, and then forget it again.. simply because their music has so much depth!).


P.S.
Dear Recap Band,

You know I love you. I know your busy. Im busy to, very often and that is why I am lame and am still doing these peices, which I meant to have done when your new album launched. But… I very much would like a video for this song! *cracks wip*

P.P.S.

You know that was a joke, very much in the reference of Richard Garriott getting fan mail and how the format it almost always was, which I figured you would get, being.. right. Although that video ONE OF THESE DAYS, would be epic :).

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June 26 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Be Who You Wanna Be” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

Remember, this is only my opinions and even if stated in a factual way is not meant more then as my opinion.

I would love to say this is one of my favorite songs on The Neon Milk album by Recap. Unfortunately, I learned I cannot say that about any song on the album because I love them all so much I can’t pick!

This song touches me personally as it is very much about not only the advice I have been trying to listen to for the past four years, but it’s something I started doing, am still working on, and is making me happier in life than I have ever been. Its a process to get to where you want to be, and if all goes in a year or so I will be fully there and living my life dreams. A large part of that is…

BEING WHO I WANNA BE!

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Break free
God like
That’s what I wanna be

Breaking free is talking about from society’s normal way of thinking, or the way you have been taught to think. It is also talking about where you are at now and getting out of that to be where you want to be instead.

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(Verse 1)
See this world it makes my insides bend
Cracks splinter behind the mask I’m in
Maybe time draws near and they should know
This body that I wear is not my (not my home)

Insides bending is talking about the mental and emotional pain that we suffer from living in this world. Made harder when one is trying to be something or someone they are not.

The mask you are wearing causes your pain. The splinters and cracks in this mask poking into your face and head are talking about that by being someone you are not you just hurt yourself.

Time draws near and they should know is saying that it is time to be myself, it is time to change. They need to know means I need to tell other people so they can also be happy.

Home is a big metaphor in this entire album, and it means a place where you are happy, safe, and warm. By being someone, you are not, then you are not any of those things.

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(Chorus 1)
Starin’ at the stars like I’m studyin’ astronomy
Bidin’ my time ‘til they see fit to honor me
Anything but average when I’m on a beat
An anomaly that’s what I wanna be
Wanna be

Always looking elsewhere but where I should be is what the stars and astronomy line are referring to. An anomaly because being oneself is just that. Everyone in the world is very different and unique, and we all try to put everyone into this cookie cutter mold. Dare to be different.

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(Verse 2)
Hell with Earth I’ll live among the clouds
These human traits inside have freaked me out
If I were God I’d send the angels down
Scratch this surface clean of human (human doubt)

Earth is a metaphor for the way things are mostly, right now for many. The need to follow a particular path for success whereas success is defined as one way. Instead of participating in this I will observe it and figure it out. What’s wrong with it, what’s right.

Many of the things people want to do are like “wow” really? Why would I do that? Why does this make sense? These are the traits freaking me out.

God and sending the Angels down to remove doubt. Doubt is the enemy, the mind killer. It is keeping people from doing and being who they want to be.

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(Chorus 2)
May sound strange but this our philosophy
Livin’ life by one code one policy
Everything’s a choice that ya gotta make conciously
And in all honesty that’s how I wanna be
(That’s how I wanna be)

So you have to decide whats right for you and live that way as a choice. It’s not an easy thing to do but that’s how I want to live. It won’t happen to a person by accident they have to choose to live this way even though it may not be the way you have been told to live.

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(Bridge) White lights Break free God like White lights Break free God like
That’s what I wanna be

The bridge in this song is fantastic, as it’s very much more about doing it than talking about it. The happiness, euphoria of doing what you want, doing it well and thus making you feel it.

(Chorus 3)
I’m sick of this planet I’ma form my own colony Ragin’ on the stage and there ain’t no calmin’ me Never gonna stop ‘til the states start bombin’ me A two man monarchy
That’s who we wanna be
(That’s who we wanna be)
Fuck ‘em all and be who you wanna be

At this point, I think you have this last chorus on your own if you didn’t already 🙂

May 29 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Starship” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

I was jubilant with how this entire pieces came out the other night for Secrets. Although in general even though I am doing Starship now, I am looking more forward to some of the songs further into the album. While everything on this album has a lot of meaning to me, some songs delve deeper and have multiple things going on making it a lot more to share with you. I thought about skipping around a bit, but no.. I will do this in order. Again, these are my opinions, not fact.

So in as much as in we left off with Secrets last time, I also believe that the song did the same thing. The song ended with our farmer going ballistic and raising a fuss, but the alien shrugged it off and moved on. That’s what the song represented, and we are now going to look at “Phone Home (Starship)” where in my opinion the band members are also telling you about themselves and who they are, again using the same metaphor I explained.

So that last song was to say to you… I am different then what is the norm of society, and here are stereotypes to show you what I mean. I am breaking away from that, trying to become myself, and now I am going to tell you a bit more about who I am.

So here we go, Analyzing the Lyrics of “Starship” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”!


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(Verse 1)
I’m here from another dimension
May I please just have your attention

I am different than you and as a result, I have spent my life having to live differently than you. I want to tell you about it.

I been sensin’ a lot of tension on your planet
You got a long ways to ascension
But me I’m a higher intelligence
Observing the universes elegance
Out in space smokin’ on a fat bowl

Things are changing in recent years. Minorities are being looked at different, equality and what that means is expanding. The geek culture is starting to be more accepted, women in gaming, all sorts of things that are ways of life and hobbies to many over the years, are now starting to come out. This is what that tension speaks about. Whatever it is about you that isolated you from the majority of people around you and how that affects life for us all as a species.

You also have all the changes being made in the world, the progress. America has it’s first black president, gay rights are approved, states legalize marijuana, and so on. Things like Change.org, Kickstarter, and Patreon are causing changes faster than ever before, but there’s still so much more to happen.

We still have a long way to go, though. People still judge without trying to understand. People are still sometimes outcasts for their beliefs or ways of life. It’s getting better, but long ways to go.

I’ve been one of these people because of my choices or interests. As such I have a viewpoint or perspective from outside of it. Not only have I live in this perspective, but I have been studying it. From different sides, opinions trying to learn the best way, the right way. I want to share it, see what you think so that maybe we can find a better way together.

Fuck the world I’ma stick it to a black hole
Huh, people talkin’ that ching chang
But you know I gotta keep the balance like a ying yang
When I’m on the mic I might cause another big bang
That’s just how I do when I’m goin’ in mang

You can’t do things because that’s the way society says it should be, or that everyone you know tells you that’s how it should be. Fuck that; I am going to do it my way, the way that will make me happy.

All these things that other people are saying, that’s not right for me. Instead, I have to find my balance, a way to be who I am and still live in your world and try to be accepted by it.

I’m going to speak up about it; I am going to tell you who I am and why. I am not going to hide it anymore; some people may disagree, but more people are listening and open to the changes that are happening, and I want to be a part of that and help to make it happen.

If you ever turn on your TV
And see me land my ship in DC
Oh don’t worry you got nothin’ to fear, kids
I’m only here to help build more pyramids

I want to be seen and heard because I want to help. I have some insights, and the world can be a better place. It is getting better, changes are happening but only if we come together as an entire world and build big things, can we truly accomplish. It;s, not something to be scared of because it’s just a way of life that makes you happier. It doesn’t cost anything; it’s just about understanding.

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(PreChorus)
Where was my starship all these days
Why am I down here anyway
Starship me away

The Starship is the path. The right way to live and to be happy. Why have I spent my time hiding and being afraid, and trying to fit in rather than just embracing who I am? Time to take the correct path.

You can’t get there on your own, though, hence the Starship metaphor. It helps you get there. In this case, that help could be anything, understanding, other people, etc…

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(Verse 2)
Now I’m not sayin’ it was aliens but

It was aliens definitely was
Gave me the skills to keep the house shakin’ Musta been them it wasn’t God or Satan

It was other people like myself and their belief in me that is helping me to figure out how to live. The right way to do this, and the energy to keep going. The progress and changes that are already taking place, people that are causing change. It wasn’t any religious belief or cult that helped me; it was just ordinary citizens being themselves and accepting me for who I am.

I’m still just patiently waitin’
For the day when I don’t have to wear a fake grin
Ain’t perfect but I hide my flaws well
I just cover ‘em up like Roswell

I want to be myself all the time. I am figuring out how I want to live and how to be who I am. The worlds being more accepting of individualism and judging less. It’s not there though but I know how to hide them when I need to. Really well so that people don’t know I am different.

If starships are meant to fly
Then maybe my hard ships are meant to go bye­bye
Most of us just hope and sigh
You lookin’ for a better life homie so am I

If there is a way to do this, get where I am going and to be happy I can put the past behind. Why do we have to be unhappy? Most people don’t try they just give in and mold with society, learn to accept it and be as happy as they can. Trudging along in their life but hoping for something better. We’re the same, we just want to live in this world and make the best of it. Let me be happy the way I need to, I am not hurting you.

That’s why I’m up on this stage rappin’
Y’all never know what could possibly happen
Snare is clappin’ bass is boomin’ Almost makes me wish I was human

I’m just trying to say to everyone. I don’t want to hurt you; I just want to be me. If I talk about it, maybe It will help. Maybe it could cause real change to happen in the world. Hell, I am having fun just conveying the word, I almost wish I could just make music and not have to worry about all the other stuff in life. That what I want, to do what I enjoy and not worry about how others see me or how I fit in.

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(Chorus 2x)
Where was my starship all these days Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home Why am I down here anyway
Starship me away

I feel this is sufficiently explained at this point 🙂

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(Verse 3)

The ships are aware. They are conscious beings of a sort, and are directly connected to the consciousness of the so­called occupants or
pilots of the craft.

I’m in this world
But I’m not of this world
(I’m in this world)

I may be a part of this planet, living on it, working on it. At the same time, I am not, though, as I have not been made welcome.

Pick up the radio to phone home
Nothin’ but static and no dial tone
Gotta get used to bein’ alone
It’s a big world that I’ma go roam

Home is a metaphor for a place that you are, in which you are happy, warm and fuzzy. Welcome, and there are those around you who don’t judge you. Finding that place is hard, though. So just have to settle for what I have and maybe look around a lot to try to find it.

Pick up the radio to phone home Naw fuck that I’m in my own zone
When I leave I’m gonna tear a hole in the sky
That’s bigger than the ones in the mothafuckin’ ozone

No, that’s the wrong way to do it. I need to MAKE my home. I need to create it with everything I have. Give it every part of myself and encourage others to do the same. I need to make sure I can’t be ignored.

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(Chorus)
Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home
Starship me away
Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home
Starship me away
Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home
Starship me away
Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home
Ph­ph­phone home I got to phone home

I have to keep trying, I have to get through the static and do whatever it takes to find my home and where it is.


That wraps up this song. As you will find from my continuation of this segment on The Caverns, the songs in the album not only have individual meaning but an overall path that they follow to grow upon each other.

See you next time, and I will bring the Vanilla Vodka!

May 29 2016

Analyzing the Lyrics of “Secrets” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”

I told you this would be coming soon! Analyzing the Lyrics of “Secrets” by The Recap Band, From the Album “Neon Milk”. Visit the website here: http://www.recapband.com/

Let’s do the first track, but before I dive into that, I need to discuss the album a bit. Everything in this post even when stated as if it sounds like a fact, is just my personal opinions.

The album itself has an overall theme of two aliens who have crash landed on earth, spend some time on land, leave, then come back. This is a metaphor for the artists themselves.

We all feel different at times from others in our lives. At times, we think about who we are, who the people around us are, the meaning of life. Perhaps because of your interests and hobbies or the way you approach life and what your goals are, society does not make you feel like you belong. Like… You are an alien.

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The title track “Secrets” is on the apparent front seemingly a song about these aliens who land on earth and they have all these secrets that people want from them. I think beyond that though this song is about a lot more.

The secrets referred to are a metaphor for something else. Their experiences, their life lessons, and how they have interpreted them. Also at the same time, it can mean the things they keep to themselves, the mask they wear in the day to day world to be more accepted. Let’s dive into the lyrics now.

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(Chorus)

I’ve got a mind full of secrets
A whole mountainside full of causes and reasons

A whole mountainside full of causes and reasons is talking about the examination of yourself, others around you, the world, the meaning of the life the universe and everything. Past actions, regrets, future choices.

Shining my light inside the shadows

This line is talking about that self-reflection of oneself. Searching in your mind and the world around you, to look in places where others may not, to find answers.

The life that I live is just an echo, echo

The wearing of a mask, being different then you want to be so as to be more accepted by society. At stores, your job, wherever it is. Pretending to like sports, or wearing a polo when you are a t-shirt guy. Not talking about your latest hobby because since it’s not the in the thing you either fear being pushed away, judged, not understood.

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(Verse 1)
Woa wait a minute how the hell did I get here
Think I need another minute just to let my head clear
Looks like I’m layin’ in some kinda bed, weird
Who are all these people dressed in white
With the red smeared on ‘em?
They say it was a smooth procedure
The specimen’s alive no signs of fever
Yup it’s breathing fine and it’s heart is beating normally
Nurse sedate it ‘cause when it wakes up it might get ornery

Our aliens crash here on earth and what happens? They are being taken apart and analyzed, trying to figure out what makes them tick. This translates into being judged, evaluated, and even others trying to change you because you are different.

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But you can’t corner me like that so I broke the straps
Haulin’ ass runnin’ fast nobody can hold me back
Comatose, I will never take another nap like that
Feelin’ kinda stiff I think I need somebody to crack my back
That’s how I escape the lab now I’m on a brand new planet
Still strugglin’ for a way to understand you, dammit
You say there’s nothing new but I’ma fill that deficit
Y’all humans didn’t know who in the fuck you were messin’ with

Choosing to break free and to be true to one’s self. To stop hiding from the world and instead to just be who you are. Still trying to understand everyone and everything around you but not giving up yourself while doing it. Ready to stand up and fight to be yourself.

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(Verse 2)
First contact I came across a farmhouse
Walk up slowly on the lawn with my arms out
Rockin’ back and forth on his chair turned his head to me
Spit a wad of black shit out then he said to me

Approaching people and the world in peace, while being who you are.

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Evening to you neighbor you can can call me Mister Doe
My wife’s name is Jane all the kids have moved out though
Can you see my white fence there with all the pickets?
My truck’s pretty big too unlike my penis
But did I mention that my pension has a 401k?
My wife and I’ll retire in the Florida Keys?
(ahp) See you later neighbor that’s my dinner bell
Burgers and fries but first we’ll pray so we don’t go to hell

You find the rejection you fear of course, as that is why you always hid to begin with. The stereotypes in these verses, the 401K, the white picket fence, retiring to Florida. All these things and the other are to show that this is what the world expects of you. This is how I am, you’re the same right? You’re human because you want to be made from a cookie cutter mold and be just like the rest of us?

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What the fuck is hell bitch?

(coughs) Could you watch the language?

Look I just need a cold beer and some kinda sandwich

Don’t you come closer or I’ll shoot!

You don’t have the grapes

Still took a shot, nice miss, I disapparate

You’re asking because you don’t understand. As a result, you are attacked, rejected, your not the same. Ignore it, don’t let it weigh you down, continue to be you, just do it elsewhere and don’t let people like this bring you down. If you do, they win. Don’t judge, don’t sink to their level, shrug it off and move on.

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(Bridge)
Jane? Jane?!
What? Your dinner’s getting cold.
I just saw an alien.
What?!
I just saw an alien!
Are you drunk again?
(stutters) Dammit woman! Just get me the telephone!
(Dialing)
911, what’s your emergency?
Hello?! There’s aliens!
Excuse me, sir?
I said there’s goddamn aliens!
Sir, sir, please calm down.
Calm down? Don’t tell me to calm down! I was outside and this
martian came and started cussing at me and I tried to shoot, and he
disappeared! Call the police! No, call the army!!

The overreactions of people because they find you different. That need to call upon others like themselves or that pretend to be like them. To group up so that they may combine forces and get rid of you. So that they may feel better about themselves and that there is only their one answer.

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That is the Recap for this song by Recap! Next time I will be doing the second song on the album Starship!

Until then, remember. Be Who and what you want to be, for yourself. Don’t do it for others and instead, take a chance. Live the life you want, treat others how you want to be treated, and you may find happiness brothers and sisters.

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