"There is So Much More" as written by and Brett Dennen....
When I heard the news, my heart fell on the floor
I was on a plane on my way to Baltimore
In these troubled times it's hard enough as it is
My soul has known a better life than this

I wondered how so many could be in so much pain
While others don't seem to feel a thing
Then I curse my wiseness and I get so damned depressed
In a world of suffering, why should I be so blessed?

I heard about a woman who lives in Colorado
She built a monument of sorts behind her garage door
Where everyday she prays for all whom are born
And all whose souls have passed on

Sometimes my trouble gets so thick
I can't see how I'm gonna get through it
But then I would rather be stuck up in a tree
Than be tied to it

I know
There is so much more

I don't feel comfortable with the way my clothes fit
I can't get used to my body's limits
I got some fancy shoes to try and kick away these blues
They cost a lot of money but they aren't worth a thing

I wanna free my feet from the broken glass and concrete
I need to get out of this city
Lay upon the ground and stare a hole in the sky
Wondering where I go when I die, when I die



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"There Is So Much More" as written by Brett Dennen

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    General Comment{{::IMPORTANT::}}
    There is one IMPORTANT word mistake to notice, although it's quite a difficult one to interprete from his voice. In the third verse about the woman in Colorado, he speaks of a monument of SALT. This woman actually lives in Colorado, and she has this monument that holds a grain of salt to represent each person in the world. Everyday she adds one grain of salt for each person who is born into the world, and removes a grain for each person whos "souls have passed on". The message conveyed in her monument is that every single person alive today deserves recognition as a unique individual and as a defining part of the human family. Check out this site i found after a ton of searching, on this salt monument, curezone.com/blogs/… What an amazing parallel to Brett's message in his song, bringing together the souls, the eyes, and the experiences of a entire people, who, although they try to ignore it, are all connected, and the emotions and terrible experiences that cause us all to feel like we're alone, certainly affect the souls of the enitre world.
    indyflipon June 26, 2007   Link
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    General Commenthow are there no comments on this beautiful song? it is about how he feels almost ashamed that he is so blessed with the way he was born. he wishes for simpler things in life because material items don't offer him anything and just remind him that he has more than many.
    xdeaddiscoxxon December 14, 2006   Link
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    General Commentwow this song is really good and I think the person before me pretty much explained it.
    clickofalighton January 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis song is amazing ,brett is an exellent preformer/song writer.Is songs are liek nothing i have ever herd befroe adn all have such deep meaning but with suck a light musical ton eits easy to lisent to but not too easy that ur not lisening to the words .brett knows what hes doing and i realy hope to see him make it relay big one day he deserves its . musical genius.
    jcrosbyon February 16, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe first comment really summed up this entire song. Sometimes having it all idoesn't make living in this world painless, because you're still living in this world with all this pain and whatnot, and though you're shielded from it you're not ignorant to it.
    lizardofozon February 28, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThe title sets out the agenda of mystery and beauty, "My soul has known a better life than this" shows the continuity of us all and the unknown, "a better life than this" condemns us all; there have been better times in the past, maybe the simplicty idea of the first comment?

    I think the first lines are some of the most beautiful i've ever heard, as i do about most brett lyrics to be honest. I feel it highlights his empathy, "my heart fell on the floor" are very strong words and truly capture a sense of pain.

    Moving to the 3rd verse;

    "I heard about a women who lives in Colorado,
    She built a monoment of sorts behind the garage door
    Where everyday she prays for all whom are born
    And all whose souls have passed on"

    Firstly; i think the statement that he "heard about a woman" shows that he is livnig with a faith, the idealic view of a woman he has never met, only heard of, who has such a strong faith that she prays every day for all who are born and all who ahve passed shows the strength of her faith, a monument of sorts could be suggesting that we really only appreciate what we are told to; statues made by governments, the 7 wonders of the world or stone henge when in reality we should appreciate the beauty of hope and what has meaning to us.

    With regards to the "then i curse my whiteness" and his luck, i think this is brought up again with the tree, "But then I'd rather be stuck up a tree, then tied to it" brought imagery of slavery and just luck in what we are born in to; why should one person be tied to a tree, unable to escape, while another is born with a greater chance of success in life and ease? I'm not sure exactly what i'm trying to convey with my interpretation of this song, but i think we can all agree it's a thought provoking and beautiful song.
    holyroller10on April 10, 2007   Link
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    General CommentIt is incredible how this song tells such a complex story. Brett is such a complete and gifted artist on so many levels. We love you Brett!
    Diane DeMon May 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI love this song.
    It always gets me going whenever I hear it, it makes me think.
    I think it's "I got some fancy shoes to try and KICK away these blues" .. that makes more sense than giggle, I believe.
    Brett Dennen is such a talented and beautiful songwriter/singer ... this song has everything and more.
    Lou*on May 07, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI have been lucky enough to see Brett preform 4 times (and even got to meet him), and before one of his shows, he went on a local radio station to talk and sing a few songs. The radio host asked him about this song, and he explained a lot of it, including the first part when he's talking about being in the plane. The news that he hears about was finding out the results of the previous election- and it made his hear fall to the floor. The feeling was mixed among his counterparts on the plane. As indyflip has discovered, a lot of his writing it quite literal, and to me, this simplicity makes his songs all the more honest and beautiful.
    The second verse makes my heart explode every time I hear it because I can so identify with the nearly unbearable shame and sadness; unable to see why people just don't understand some things, like the stupidity of war, inequlity, etc., (he also expresses this in songs like I Asked When and Ain't No Reason)... yet somehow managing to find hope in humanity; knowing that if we tried, we could make "a better life than this".
    yellowumbrella21on August 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is like a blues song, without the blues sound.
    Sinogueon September 24, 2007   Link

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