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Ever live a life that's real?
Full of zest, but no appeal?
Ever want to cry so much...
You want to die?
Ever feel that you've been had?
Had so much that you turn mad?
Ever been so depressed that
those you turn to, you bring distress?
Ever sit in tormenting silence
That turns so loud, you start to scream?
Ever take control of a dream
And play all the parts and set all the scenes?
Ever do nothing and gain nothing from it?
Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you're smart and then find out you aren't?
Ever play the fool and then find out you're worse?
Ever look at a flower and hate it?
Ever see a couple kissing and get sickened by it?
Ever wish the human race didn't exist
And then realize you're one too?

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    General Comment"Ever take control of a dream
    And play all the parts and set all the scenes?"

    Just noticed this reference to lucid dreaming.
    Quonseton January 17, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationGreat song!
    Has a funny twist where instead of talking up the happy carefree parts of life, they bring up the uncomfortable, the difficult, the sad or disappointing parts that we all have felt. Well, maybe most of us. Can't forget the lucky few.

    Never before have I heard something that unleashed so much empathy or communion for those feelings in a rock-ish song, or really any kind of song. It's really rare to get such an unvarnished pat on the shoulder as Flipper does here for the listener. They do their message a further favor through the execution by letting the ideas thud and almost fall flat. It keeps it from getting overly sentimental and U2-ish. Thank you for not going that route, Flipper.

    I can really see how Nirvana was influenced by this band on 'Ever.' The sludgy guitar, the almost begrudging hook. And then the lyrics that seem cruel or written by a troublemaker turn out to be very meaningful and touching. Not that Nirvana did anything that came close to this. Kurt's lyrics are full of a pain that is still just his, like he never found anyone to really share it with to make it okay.
    Zignor44on May 10, 2017   Link
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    General CommentYou forgot the most crucial line:

    "I have. So what?"

    Brilliant song- I love how it decries the whole emo aesthetic decades before its time.
    ripelivejamon August 29, 2006   Link
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    General Commentemo originated in the 80s as did flipper. but i dont want this to turn into an emo debate. i like these lyrics. but this is pretty much the only flipper song i like
    cupcakestereoon October 07, 2007   Link

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