"What about everything?" as written by and Terrell H. Clark Carter Gravatt....
Holiday quiet on these streets, except for some stubborn leaves,
That didn't fall with the fall, and now they clatter in vain
Holiday sky, midnight clear, wind is high, hard to steer
Old muffler rumbles like an old gihter plane
In search of some rest, in search of a break
From a life of tests where something's always at stake
Where something's always so far
What about my broken car?
What about my life so far?
What about my dream?
What about

What about everything? What about aeroplanes?
And what about ships that drank the sea?
What about the moon and stars?
What about soldier battle scars?
And all the anger that they eat?
I am not in need

Get away and come with me, come away with me and we'll see
If I was right on that night, that a future was made
Before time takes each year- like a knife cuts it clear
It's school, then work and then life that just sharpens the blade
I think about time for fun, I think about time for play
Then I think about being done, with no resume
With no one left to blame, what about fortune and fame?
What about your love to obtain?
What about the ring?
What about

What about everything?
What about aeroplane? And what about ships that drank the sea?
What about the moon and stars? What about soldier battle scars?
And all the anger that they eat?
I am not in need

Holiday quiet on these streets, except for some reason me
The hometown harbor lights bright. The sailboats clatter in vain
Holiday sky, midnight clear, wind is high on this pier
I find it hard to complain when compared with what about

What about everything?
What about aeroplanes? And what about ships that drank the sea?
What about the moon in stars? What about soldier battle scars?
And all the anger that they eat?

What about aliens? What about you and me and
What about gold beneath the sea?
What about when buildings fall? What about that midnight phone call?
The one that wakes you from your peace?
Well I am not, I am not, I am not in need


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"What About Everything?" as written by Carter Gravatt Barry Thomas Privett

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    General CommentThis is really a call to find beauty in the small things. The words that they use, such as "Holiday quiet on these streets, except for some stubborn leaves That didn't fall with the fall, and now they clatter in vain Holiday sky, midnight clear, wind is high, hard to steer Old muffler rumbles like an old fighter plane" - you'd see that scene in real life and just think it's ordinary, but my gosh, the words they use make it look like it's straight out of a zillion dollar painting.

    And then it goes way beyond that, beyond mere physical descriptions, to love, aging, terrorism, loss, and the emotions involved.

    Intimate moments are all around you, all you have to do is realize they're there.
    radical347on December 09, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI think, in the first verse, the guy is talking about driving around, during the Holidays, looking for an escape because he feels like everything he does is life or death, and his first questions are thinking just about himself ("What about broken car? What about my life so far?") But he starts to think of people other than himself, and realizes "I am not in need." Likewise, in the second verse, he's thinking about school and work and life and no time for yourself, because even if you take time to have fun, what do you get out of it? ("I think about time for fun, I think about time for play, then I think about being done, with no resume.") But he starts to see the things that working will get him ("What about fortune and fame? What about your love to obtain? What about the ring?" I.e., marriage.)

    He realizes that he can't find it in him to complain "I find it hard to complain when compared with what about--What about everything? What about aeroplanes? And what about ships that drank the sea? What about the moon and stars? What about soldier battle scars and all the anger that they eat?" Finally he thinks about the big things, aliens, "you and me", "what about when buildings fall," (which could be 9/11 reference, but not necessarily,) or "What about that midnight phone call, the one that wakes you from your peace?" Those are the calls everyone's terrified to receive, because they're never good, and it could mean you lost someone close to you.

    He's driving and he's thinking about all of this and he realizes, "Well, I am not in need."
    Saiaion December 07, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI actually first heard this song in my Biology class. My teacher played their CD and this song was my favorite. I just really like the tune and the words.
    jenazababon March 13, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI love this song... great tune, great lyrics, great message... This song is basically the biography of your typical "nice guy." Totally selfless, thinking of everything ('What about aeroplanes...what about ships...what about soldiers...') and never of himself ('I am not in need')
    Eztrog88on April 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is beautiful, heard two of their songs on the radio and I knew I needed the cd...so did my mom lol.
    I always thought of it as a sum up of life, and all the worries, then thinking of the bigger things, compairing.
    Poisonedbeautyon April 30, 2005   Link
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    General CommentYeah, you both are right, i think it also is talking about all the choices in life and how each one makes a big difference and leads down another path in life, each with it's own challenges to face
    n3j1y1on May 06, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is about a guy who looks at his life and sees all his hardships and sees his reoccurring everyday routine, and he feels he needs to get out of all lifes burdens and routines, he sees time taking away his life and he needs to go out andvaccomplish more than his everyday routine. He also looks at others lives and the things that consume others lives, soldiers battle scars ships that drink the sea, compared to thing that consume him What about my broken car?
    What about my life so far?
    What about my dream?
    Thatkidjordoon May 12, 2005   Link
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    General CommentWell, actually, this is my favorite song right now, I've listened to it like 50 million times at least. >_>; Just thought I'd add my opinion...

    I think it's about a teenager being drafted into war. (And not just because of the "soldier battle scars" part :P) The song begins with him talking about a fighter plane, and something's always at stake.

    Then in the second verse, he goes on to talk about school, and work, and how he can't think about play as much. Then it seems he talks about promising to marry someone back home, about "the ring" and her "love to obtain".

    In the third verse, he talks about a holiday, and sailboats clattering in the harbor... like he's visiting home from the army.

    Then the last verse is my favorite, because it goes, "What about when buildings fall? What about that midnight phone call,
    The one that wakes you from your peace?"... I think this might be talking about September 11th, with the buildings part, and then the midnight phone call is when he calls his girlfriend/fiance from a different time zone and wakes her up.

    Anyway, this is just my opinion, clues I picked up and stuff. :D Let me know what you guys think.
    Kefkaon May 20, 2005   Link
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    General CommentFirst, I want to say that it is un-buh-lieveable that there are so few comments on any Carbon Leaf songs. They are great, and if you're trying to tell me that se few people have heard of them, I'm not buying it.
    Also, I've got to say that as much as I like "Life Less Ordinary" I love love love "What About Everything." I think it's catchier and more tangible and I love it a little more every time I hear it.
    I think it's about realizing that your life is out of focus - you're giving too much attention to unimportant things and forgetting about what's really significant. It's kind of a reminder things aren't as bad as they seem, and that there's so much that we take for granted, or don't understand, but that what's important are "her love to obtain" and "my dream so far" ...
    jennieclaireon July 27, 2005   Link
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    General CommentNot to overstate the topic, but this may go down as one of the greatest songs ever. It is philosophical and makes one pause for reflection. The entire song is based on the concept of a thought process and the complexity of the human mind. A higher level of thinking as mandated through the series of 'What about" questions. As a teacher, I think this song is fascinating. I am convinced it is not about one particular thing (war, love, professional choices) but rather all of those things and many more.
    ohguyon July 29, 2005   Link

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