"All The Way" as written by Traci Colleen Hale, Wirlie N Morris...
It doesn't take a genius
To tell me what I am
Or lecture me with poetry
And tell me that I can
I don't remember
What happened yesterday
But I don't give a damn about
What all those people say

It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone
It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone

It don't take no Houdini
To tell me what I am
Parasites and literates
They'd burn me if they can
But I don't give a damn about
What those people say
They pick you up and kick you out
They hurt you every day

It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone
It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone

It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone
It takes years to find the nerve
To be apart from what you've done
To find the truth inside yourself
And not depend on anyone


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"All the Way" as written by Wirlie Morris Traci Colleen Hale

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    General CommentIt's a song about not letting pretentious people for telling you how wrong your steps on life have been. You and only you can find the right answers for your own life and no matter how many mistakes you've been commited, you are totally able to start again every time you're gonna fall. Follow your way without caring about those people that just want to put you down on judging your acts. It can take a long time, but you will find your own truth, which you cannot find in any book, not even in the most brilliant one.
    circusjuggleron September 20, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis is the good stuff.
    MHHD2on October 12, 2007   Link
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    General CommentDoes anyone else see a huge similarity with the cure's 'just like heaven'? Seems at least very inspired by it to me.
    Valkyriebs41on November 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentFrom the jump, the driving propulsion of this song, is a dizzying realization and revelation. This is spiritual pop! "All the way" reflects a dazzling wonderfully mature grounding. The ethereal jangles supporting the chorus convey the wonder of self-acceptance and/or self-forgiveness ("to be apart from what you've done" can be taken that way as well). "To find the truth inside yourself/and not depend on anyone" (The emphasis "truth" and "inside your-seelf" !!). It takes years to find this "nerve", in fact, it can be a monumental reach.

    New Order is always great at broadly painting the societal forces that bear on us so strongly in simple yet profound ways. One of their great lines is "lecture me with poetry/and tell me that I can" reflecting the bromides of smiling middle class culture patronizingly telling you 'you can do it'. "Parasites and litricites" only savaging because they can. This lecturing of the small-minded (and maayyybe the music press), academia and the hanger-ons who want to tear you down is all a blur here. It's a lot of noise as Sumner's voice brushes them off with the sardonic "it doesn't take a genius" and "it don't take no Houdini" lines. Sumner reflects on this low-level pettiness, realizes it's vacuity ("I don't give a damn about what all those people say"), and points to a new direction, a wonderful new order.

    As I read it, the title "All the Way" is a commitment to go all the way with yourself. The lingering keyboard lines create a new world after this realization. And those guitar riffs after the second chorus are uplifting turbo-boosters into pop paradise. This is one of those pop songs that no matter what happens in life, I always got it in my backpocket. It's a life-saving song all the way.
    Lavventuraon April 13, 2017   Link

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