"Over The Counter Culture" as written by William Jonathan Brown and Samuel Dylan Murphy Preston....
Over the counter culture,
Well that's right where you belong,
You try to sever your ties with the London skies,
But you've got the whole thing wrong

You try to be so different,
As does everybody else,
Create your own distinctions,
And flaunt them for yourself

Over the counter culture,
With your cards and catalogs,
The mainstream wipes the river bed clean,
You're just wrong,
You're just, wrong

You think you followed your heart again,
Now it's in to be out,
Destroy the plans and just start again,
Don't pretend to not pretend at all

Over the counter culture,
Well you live your life in waves,
Last years dream was a terrible scheme,
And this new fad will fade

Let's see, what can we be now?
That hasn't been done before?
Shut your eyes,
Look inside.

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"Over the Counterculture" as written by William Jonathan Brown Samuel Dylan Murphy Preston

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    General CommentThis is about being yourself and not buying what everyone else does or just being what's hip. Cause it sucks.
    Nightfreakon November 27, 2004   Link
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    General Comment"You try to be so different,
    As does everybody else,
    Create your own distinctions,
    And flaunt them for yourself"....BRILLIANT!!!! i absolutely love this part of this song and the whole album. Complete fantasticness from start to finish. Cant wait for their next album!
    sOCS479on January 07, 2005   Link
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    General CommentJust a great song, realy refects on how moronic the music industry is becoming, TOB are a class band and I hope they stick around.
    Ash88on April 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentAnd then they kind of stopped being unique when Preston went on Big Brother. Oh well they're still cool.
    V.I.P. ROCKon February 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the only song I know by The Ordinary Boys, and I don't especially like it. But it's enough to make me listen to more :P
    *Soulesseyes*on July 26, 2006   Link
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    General CommentV.I.P, I think Preston was aware that he would loose many loyal fans when he signed up for Big Borther, but still he did it. Because the do what they like and not what everybody else like... and that's fucking unique !
    prftnon November 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThat's not unique, it's awful behaviour.

    There are some bands that are rock 'n' roll enough to get away with it, but they certainly never were. Big Brother is by far the worst programme ever commisioned. Orwell would be turning in his grave.
    Wallamanageon January 18, 2008   Link
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    General Commentthis song says to me "be unique and yourself, and you can be hip and popular, and use your imagination, for god's sake!"
    MihoNinjaon February 02, 2008   Link
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    General CommentIts a bit of a shame that he and they (TOB) became everything he hated in this song...this album in my opinion is one of the best of recent times...then it all went downhill with his BB appearance, pretty much losing all the loyal Ordinary Boys fans replaced by 12 year old girls who thought he was 'fit'...shame.
    lee89on March 26, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is obviously about how culture has become a commodity and status marker rather than a signifier for something unique. It doesn't tell you to be yourself but rather that we tend to fool ourselves that we're so unique when we in fact are just one of many. The song is saying that you should stop trying so hard and learn to live instead of obsessing over being original. You can't buy a identity. You try to be so different as does everybody else. It means that our efforts to be different is just a another way to be like everybody else.
    Thraxianon February 08, 2016   Link

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