"How I Go" as written by William Ryan Key and Peter Michael Mosely....
I could tell you the wildest of tales
My friend the giant and traveling sales
Tell you all the times that I failed
The years all behind me
The stories excelled.
And I'm drying out
Crying out
This isn't how I go

I could tell you of a man not so tall
Who said life's a circus and so we are small
Tell you of a girl that I saw
I froze in the moment and she changed it all

And I'm drying out
Crying out
This isn't how I go
Hurry now
Lay me down
And let these waters flow
Flow

Son I am not everything you thought that I would be
But every story I have told is part of me

And you keep the air in my lungs
Floating along as a melody comes
And my heart beats like timpani drums
Keeping the time while a symphony strums
And I'm drying out
Crying out
This isn't how I go
Hurry now
Lay me down
And let these waters flowâ?¦
Flow
Let it flow
Let it flow

Son I am not everything you thought that I would be
But every story I have told is part of me
Son I leave you now but you have so much more to do
And every story I have told is part of you


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"How I Go" as written by William Ryan Key Peter Michael Mosely

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    General CommentWell, first post then...Now You've got to know that I haven't watched "Big Fish" so when I first heard this album, Resemblence to a movie just didn't strike me. Now I've understood this song as an ordinary conversation between a father and his son about life as a whole and living it to the fullest, and putting the bad days behind him. That being the overall meaning.Heres the detailed version. While Reading this please pretend uve never seen "Big Fish" and stop relating to it or your gonna screw up my whole inference =).
    "I Could...Travelling Sails" - The father explains to his son that there are so many exciting things to do in this life and stuff like hangin around with friends(Who were much taller than the father, hence, giants) or simple things like fishing which were made exciting in the fathers perspective thus makin a fishing boat as exciting as a huge ship with huge sails.
    "Tell You...Stories Exhaled"(Spelling Error in lyrics btw) -
    This is where the father tells his son that hes failed so many times in various aspects of life but remembered to forget about them, hes told the story once and then put it all behind him, Exhaled them.
    "Dryin...This isn't How I Go" - This is where the lyrics got me like a kick in the gut after i heard the next song...Holly Wood Died. I Feel this is where the son tells his dad that all those stories that hes bein told are more or less...Ordinary and that he wants a glamorous lifestyle, a famous lifestyle giving a direct reference to what Holly Wood Died is all about, The gap between the rich and famous...and the poor and not so famous.
    "I Could...We Are Small" - The father counters the sons statement by remembering a man he once saw who was just a small person in a circus called life where other people such as the trapeze artists or sumn were the fly highers stealin all the spotlight.(Once Again A Link to Holly Wood Died).
    "Tell You...Changed It All" - The father goes on with his own tale and speaks about that time in every1's life where just like every1, he fell in love and found a partner to enjoy more happy memories with.
    This next part in the song is SO well conected with the lyrics because the son wants a glamrous lifestyle just like his father HAD wanted but the girl he met..."Changed It All" The father had realized, that he jus wanted a simple life, a good life(Holly Wood Died again) and to be with that 1 special girl. Also Natalie Maines who joins Ryan key at this point in the vocals emphasises that point by singing together and bein portrayed as a couple.
    "Son I Am...Is Part Of Me" - The Father tells his son that "I'm not a superhero, I'm not the president, I'm not an actor, i dont have a glamourous lifestyle but i know that I've lived my life to the fullest and for me thats what counts(Every Story I Have Told..Is All Me and nothing else)."
    You keep...Symphony Strums" - Now In the very second post of this songmeaning 'Bluestars' said that most of the albums songs are about breathing a.k.a. living.
    Thats when both Natalie and Ryan sing to each other as a couple and indirectly tell their son "We dont care if we dont have a famous life, but we have each other to keep us breathing and living(Keeping the air in the lungs)"
    The chorus is repeated again with Natalie and Ryan singing to their child.
    "Son I Leave...Part of You" - The father leaves the child to let him think about what he wants in his life and tell him that hes got a long way togo and a lot more to learn and moreover this is the time that he should just enjoy life rather than worry abt those few bad days that come along and just put them behind him and live the life that he has to the fullest.

    Ill probably go rent "Big Fish" Now that people have mentioned it...but temme what you think abt my other version of "How I Go" ;)
    Novicalon August 07, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this Song is related to the Movie "The Big Fish". Everybody who has seen the film can definately relate to it, while hearing the music.
    dahnkenon January 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentTwo words: Big Fish
    yellowcardr0ckon January 23, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI had to watch the movie again after hearing this song. I had forgotten how amazing of a movie it was!! The Song does it justice I'd say.
    Zaphlinon February 04, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentyou people may be interested to know that violinist Sean Mackin conducted a 25 piece orchestra for this song. I thought that was cool. These guys are talented!
    bulleron February 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbrilliant...
    Ocean Soulon February 09, 2006   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningThis song is, without a doubt, about Big fish. Not The Big Fish, Big Fish.

    About 30 minutes into the movie, the dad says to his son, "This isn't how I go."

    I could tell you of a girl that I saw. I froze in the moment, and she changed it all." is about the part When the dad says, "They say that when you meet the love of your life, time stops." When telling his story, it shows him meeting the love of his life, and time stops.

    Part of the movie (Including the part where he meets the girl) takes place at a circus.

    There is no disputing this. It would be ridiculous to try and do so. I hadn't seen the movie until a couple months ago, but I always knew that's what this song was about because it's so obvious. You only need to know a couple key points in the movie to be able to connect the dots. Regardless, great song, and great movie.
    devinloveshaleyon June 15, 2012   Link
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    General CommentI would be amazed to learn that this song is not about that movie. I think that it is intresting that on half of this album they mention air or breathing. Like it is an undercurrent to it all. It seems to me that this album is about them being stuck somewhare they do not realy want to be and all they want is to be free to breath. But that is just me, I could be looking at it all to much. It is a very lovely album.

    -And you keep the air in my lungs -How I go
    -Tell it all and fill up the air, but make it loud cause nobodies there -Lights and Sounds
    -And you breathe, the window's down -Sure Thing Falling
    -I wait for a lonely breath -Waiting Game
    -And you're my air I could breathe - M.S. or JFK
    -You could just sense this feeling in the air -words hands hearts
    Bluestarson January 17, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBig Fish!! I love this song! I love the movie and the first time i heard this song i lmost cryed!!
    ieatworldon January 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnybody know who the guest vocalist is?
    flattopwillon January 22, 2006   Link

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