"Maybe Not" as written by and Marshall....
There's a dream that I see, I pray it can be
Look cross the land, shake this land
A wish or a command
I dream that I see, don't kill it, it's free
You're just a man, you get what you can

We all do what we can
So we can do just one more thing
We can all be free
Maybe not in words
Maybe not with a look
But with your mind

Listen to me, don't walk that street
There's always an end to it
Come and be free, you know who I am
We're just living people

We won't have a thing
So we'd got nothing to lose
We can all be free
Maybe not with words
Maybe not with a look
But with your mind

You've got to choose a wish or command
At the turn of the tide, is withering thee
Remember one thing, the dream you can see
Pray to be, shake this land

We all do what we can
So we can do just one more thing
We won't have a thing
So we've got nothing to lose
We can all be free
Maybe not with words
Maybe with a look
But with your mind

But with your mind


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"Maybe Not" as written by Marshall

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    General CommentWell, not only do I think this song is beautiful, but I think it's incredibly meaningful and spiritual. "don't walk that street there's always an end to it. Come and be free you know who I am: we're just living people" come and be free, just be: "pray to be." We all do what we can
    So we can do just one more thing
    We won't have a thing
    So we've got nothing to lose
    We can all be free
    Maybe not with words
    Maybe with a look
    But with your mind
    -----------------------"You've got to chose"
    UltimateCHillon August 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThere is "realism" in "idealism."

    In the same vein of other postmodern peace songs, this song speaks of the end of war, in our world, within our selves. Cat Power challenges the notion that freedom comes aesthetics and words; instead, she concludes it comes "your mind", while placing emphasis on activism ("doing just one more thing").
    A.I.on December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI agree with kneekah. At the risk of sounding harsh - if you're incapable of understandign this song past it's simplistic meaning, at least have the curtesy (I can't spell haha) to not judge those who can.

    I like A.I's interpretation. it's pointless looking for world peace untill we can recognise our own insecurities and inner turmoils. When we can love and accept ourselves we won't feel threatened by differences.

    I havn't come ot a conclusion with what i think yet, however there are parts that I find enough meanign in to relate to.
    Lex__on September 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentthis could be one of the greatest songs ever that not enough people will hear or take the time to understand. it's up there with imagine
    brownekillsspringon October 04, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBeautiful song, of course. Chan Marshall has a disturbingly wonderful and deeply touching voice.

    To me, this song is about being afraid of death. "We all do what we can, so we can do just one more thing" just strikes me somehow. People these days are so afraid of the world and themselves that they eat all the right things and exercise just the right amount in the right way so they can live a little longer, as though if they hit just the right combination of things they'll live forever.

    To me it seems like the words are trying to tell us, we can be free from that fear, we don't have to worry, there's no point. It's all about changing your mindset.
    implexadython April 19, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentdont kill it, its free.
    myhomeistheseaon November 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commentthis song is so freakin beautiful
    Girlsdontgocrazyon April 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think so, but none of my friends seem to.
    simonsteron April 20, 2004   Link
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    General Commentgorgeous.
    comeoutpunchingon April 26, 2004   Link
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    General Commentthough the song is simple. i think there are like 2 chords played the entire time except for a little bit at the end. but anyway, the lyrics are really great and her voice really carries the song well.
    high fidelityon September 21, 2004   Link

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