"Own Little World" as written by Barry Gibb, Maurice Ernest Gibb and Robin Hugh Gibb....
Mutual sight, Mutual sound
Mutual struggle, for shared ground
It's safe, to say, they'll try to take from me
I'm just another one for them to break down

Steeped in denial, the daily grind
Dream of a world for me and my kind
It's safe in the alternative reality
So stick your standards where the sun doesn't shine

They're for themselves, it doesn't matter what they say
Promise the world then take it from you anyway
They'll break you down making your vision fadeaway
It's time to go: get outta my space

Welcome to a world where the air I breathe is mine
There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind
Be anyone, do anything I'd ever want to try
Time doesn't exist here, I will never die

Explain the reasons, Explain the rhymes
It's not required, inside our minds
It's safe to try, no need to justify
Or take their guilt trip at the end of the line.

They're for themselves, it doesn't matter what they say
Promise the world then take it from you anyway
They'll break you down making your vision fadeaway
It's time to go: get off of my case

Welcome to a world where the air I breathe is mine
There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind
Be anyone, do anything I'd ever want to try
Time doesn't exist here

Slip into a world where the air I breathe is mine
There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind
Come with me into it and you know what you will find
Time doesn't exist here, I will never die

(My Own Little World)

They're for themselves, it doesn't matter what they say
It's time to go: get out of my face

Welcome to a world where the air I breathe is mine
There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind
Be anyone, do anything I'd ever want to try
Time doesn't exist here

Slip into a world where the air I breathe is mine
There's nothing to overwhelm me and nothing to cloud my mind
Come with me into it and you know what you will find
Time doesn't exist here, we will never die

(Our Own Little World)


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"Own Little World" as written by Maurice Ernest Gibb Barry Alan Gibb

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    General CommentI'm pretty sure a lot of this song is based on his falling out with REX record labels back in the Circle of Dust (COD) days and the Christian music industry itself. I'll try to elaborate as much as possible:

    "Mutual sight mutual sound, Mutual struggle for shared ground,It's safe to say they'll try to take from me,I'm just another one for them to break down"

    -To me this is saying how all christian bands are pretty much the same and how they're all fighting for the same spotlight with the same music material. Klayton knows that he's being ripped off by the label who doesn't care about his view on music, only the money they'll gain from his endeavors.

    "So stick your standards where the sun doesn't shine"

    -In an interview, Klayton says, "It goes back to the stigma of being on a ‘Christian' label. Once you sign that dotted line, you're instantly branded not only as ‘Christian' artist, but role model, teacher, preacher etc..and it was obvious that there are all these people expecting us to be something we're not, that we had to get out, even if it meant starting over."

    When Christian labels add new artist, they try to please the religious population by reconstructing the musicians image and songs to make them 'God friendly'. Musicians must be free of any scandalous propaganda such as drinking, sex, drugs etc. Any of the naughty gets scorned and fans drop...too sheltered...

    "Explain the reasons explain the rhymes"
    Is not required inside our minds
    It's safe to try no need to justify "

    -Again, Klayton explains himself here:

    "I had problems with REX because of some of the content. I needed to write what I did for me, not for anyone else. That is my only catharsis.I wasn't going to change the lyrics just because they were afraid certain types of stores or people with certain religious beliefs ‘wouldn't like it.' If those people want to hear lyrics with a nice candy coating that tell the tale of the beauty and fulfillment of daily life, then I'm sure there's a myriad of bands singing them (‘Christian' or otherwise). That's all good – just don't lay those expectations on me because that's not how my life is."


    "It's time to go get off of my case "

    To this Klayton says -"I was so fed up of all these kids and parents telling me what I doing or saying wasn't good enough. I'd be thinking ‘I've heard that crap my whole life and I certainly don't need to be hearing it from you too."

    "They're for themselves, it doesn't matter what they say
    Promise the world then take the universe away
    They'll break you down making your vision fadeaway"

    When having trouble with the company, Klayton was accused of dealing drugs, which was completely false, and was a miserable attempt by the company to ruin his image. He says in the interview,"In retrospect, if I had been a drug dealer instead of getting trapped into the ‘Christian' scene for a time, I probably would have less problems. At least if I got stabbed in the back or shot, it wasn't coming from someone who is supposed to ‘love' me..." After REX's demise, the label wouldn't let him out of his contract, therefore he couldn't produced music under the COD name, since it was owned by the label. In the end, REX brought about COD's downfall.

    SO basically, through reading about his legal struggles with REX, this song to me is exposing the corrupt christian label. He also shares his vision of writing songs for himself, not for others. He doesn't want to be held back by labels that will restrict him and use him, because he like others will only end up being burned. He's now a free artist who has control over his dreams and goals with nothing to hold him back, and he's encouraging others to do the same: not to be a slave to the label.


    Vitruviuson December 02, 2010   Link
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    General CommentIt seems this song is about Klayton's issues with the Christian church... From what I understand he used to be a devout Christian but they messed him around a bit and he denounced his faith. Hence him wanting to go into his "own little world", escaping all the rules previously thrust on top of him. Outstanding song.
    MrKASADYon April 08, 2004   Link
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    General CommentSource of that info, please.
    FeLKoNon October 02, 2004   Link
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    General CommentYeah, I also think that's pretty much what it's about... artistic freedom seems to be a rare good...
    patryxdethon January 25, 2005   Link
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    General CommentTo me, this song applys to anyone whos ever been told to act a certain way, be a certain way and the person realizing it doesnt matter what other people think, because all that matters is yourself. "Your own little world" is yourself and how you see everything.
    linkinpark8474on July 22, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with MrKASADY, it all pretty much fits with that.
    TheLastFirstborn22on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI agree with MrKASADY, it all pretty much fits with that.
    TheLastFirstborn22on January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti do agree wth the above comments but it could also mean he doesn't want anyone being like him, therefore he is in his own little world.. no can be like him. he can do what he wants in his own time and space
    Frys_Galon February 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI am a christian. im gonna say it out flat. I would love to see Celldweller's freakin' GENIUS put to christian songs. (dont say anything about circle of dust. i know the history. =]). I just wish that whatever church messed with him would just stop being what they are. I dont believe church has anything to do with religion. in fact, chrisitianity should BE a religion. its a relationship. but sometimes, the far conservative christians can make it seem like a religion. Sometimes, even a cult. i feel for Scott. I wish i could just talk to him to understand what he wants to know.
    platypotteron February 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThe realm of his music is his "own little world". Music never dies, and he lives forever through his music.
    windowpane8902on March 28, 2009   Link

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