"I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard" as written by and Mcmanaman Hale....
And the moment that she left the room
The album started skipping
Goodbye to beauty, shared with the ones that you love
A shadow that has fallen over this town
A shadow that has fallen over this town

Attention, all of my worst critics
Who were once the best of friends
You're all just crows on the power lines

Into romantic speculations
Into romantic speculations

Sightings of shape shifting
Dissolved into the darkness
A final opinion is of less value
Than an appreciation of,
And tolerance for obscurity

Theatrics, all made up and pianos all playing at once through the dust
I found it difficult in my excitement to keep from floating off
To keep from floating off and off and off

Into romantic speculations
Into romantic speculations

Sightings of shape shifting
Dissolved into the darkness
A final opinion is of less value
Than an appreciation of,
And tolerance

A shadow that has fallen over this town [x6]
[In background:]
I'll rest on nets made by spiders fed on drug dosed flies
The spider sings alone
The spider sings alone
He paced the room with hurried steps
And placed his hands upon his head
As if he were afraid
His thoughts were bursting from his brain

Sightings of shape shifting
Dissolved into the darkness
A final opinion is of less value
Than an appreciation of,
And tolerance

Sightings of shape shifting
Dissolved into the darkness
A final opinion is of less value
Than an appreciation of

As if he were afraid!


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"I Didn't Say I Was Powerful, I Said I Was a Wizard" as written by Craigery Owens Bradley Bell

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    General CommentCraig said at the acoustic show for 89X on 2/16/08 that this song is about having an open mind. His message is that it is better to have an open mind about things than to just think them odd and form a judgment solely on that.

    With that said, this is how I analyzed these gorgeous words:

    "And the moment that she left the room
    The album started skipping
    Goodbye to beauty, shared with the ones that you love"

    I believe 'she' is a personification of normality that helps to allude to making this song more universal. Writers write things not for themselves but for the fact of letting other understand interpret things and relate things in their own ways.

    "A shadow that has fallen over this town
    A shadow that has fallen over this town"

    I think the shadow is a wave of oppression and lower appreciation for those who do things in odd ways. It seems to say how people seem to just cast them away because of how different their methods are.

    "Attention, all of my worst critics
    Who were once the best of friends
    You're all just crows on the power lines"

    Of course, this is just as the lines read. The speaker was most likely betrayed by close friends because as the speaker found himself/herself developing as a person into someone a bit different and perhaps even obscure, they were dropped by others. Therefore, they are now the prey that the crows watch from above, acting "holier than thou".

    "Sightings of shape shifting
    Dissolved into the darkness
    A final opinion is of less value
    Than an appreciation of
    Intolerance for obscurity"

    The sighting of shape shifting is perhaps the changing personalities of said friends that the speaker knew. The "dissolved into the darkness", as in they became like the rest of the shadow around them. Their "final opinion", or judgment, is of less value than an appreciation for odd ways.

    "Theatrics, all made up and pianos all playing at once through the dust
    I found it difficult in my excitement to keep from floating off
    To keep from floating off and off and off

    Into romantic speculations
    Into romantic speculations"

    I think the theatrics is the drama caused by the departure of said friends. Pianos all playing at once could symbolize the power that the speaker has to overcome a situation. While the crows are loud and bickering at them with their jagged beaks and claws, the speaker plays music loudly throughout the land to drown out the oppression. Perhaps it is also a symbolic light deep within the said shadow. However, even though the speaker is strong willed, they find it difficult from floating off into a dreamland, perhaps thinking of a perfect world where nothing like this happened. Maybe "romantic speculations" is referring to the movement of Romanticism, which was partly a revolt against aristocratic social and political norms of the Age of Enlightenment and a reaction against the scientific rationalization of nature, and was embodied most strongly in the visual arts, music, and literature.

    "I'll rest on nets made by spiders fed on drug dosed flies
    The spider sings alone
    The spider sings alone
    He paced the room with hurried steps
    And placed his hands upon his head
    As if he were afraid
    His thoughts were bursting from his brain"

    I think this is the speaker beginning to lose control of himself. His mind is so divided from thoughts of revolution and conformity that perhaps his open mind is beginning to let things fall out, so to speak. His thoughts are so powerful and feelings so deep that he's beginning to wonder, maybe, how can someone as an individual overcome such a large darkness? The spider, I imagine, is the crows all together. The web is the darkness and oppression where the speaker finds himself stuck. The spider sings alone, meaning the crows sing in unison. They're coming towards him. Maybe the speaker has turned to drugs in other to convey a sense of life to himself/herself. They find their courage faltering, for they are afraid of the spider.


    All in all, I think this song is one of the best written songs ever. Then again, I say that about EVERY Chiodos song haha
    dekacosmoson February 19, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think it's obvious to me. it's about people who talk bad about people don't accept thing for what they are. "a final opinion is of less value than an appreciation of and tolerance for obscurity" means that it's far better to appreciate and accept ideas that are new or weird to you than to form a judgement.
    atrilleezon November 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think this is about friends he used to have but now they feel as thought they are better than him and his veiws dont matter anymore
    LCmusicplayaon December 11, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think this song, as others have said, about people deserting you, and judging you. But I also think it's kind fo like the narrorator can't completely feel betrayed because at one tim he did the same thing? Let me explain.

    I think the first verse is about a girlfriend or friend who is a girl doing the final deserting. When he says "goodbye to beauty" I think he's talk about how music, or the music they made, used to inspire them all. But now they've all turned their backs on him for what he's made now. This may in general reference the change Chiodos has made from All's Well That End's Well to Bone Palace Ballet, musically. From their harder, the stuctured sound, to the sound they have on this album. When he says "a shadow that has fallen over this town" I think he may feel as if everyone he once knew, everything he once knew is deserting him. Like it's not safe to be home anymore.

    I think the next verse supports this even more, as if by saying "you're all just crows on the power lines" he's saying that they're all just faceless gatherers who have come to judge him.

    Then onto the chorus, which by the way fits Craig's voice perfectly. I think the chorus is self explanatory, "sighting of shape shiftings" is him seeing how all of his friends have transformed into people he doesn't know "dissloved into the darkness". I agree drh890 on the next three lines. Having a final, unchangeable negative opinion of something is less admirable than at least appreciating the work someone is doing and tolerating the fact that it is something important to them.

    The next verse kind of seems to me like he's trying to explain how what he's doing makes him feel, how much his work makes him happy. It's like he's talking about the music, and the way it sounds, and trying to explain how much it inspires him. I think by this he hopes others may begin to understand how much the music means to him and how much he likes it, even if they don't.

    Now after the repeat of the chorus, it goes into the spider analogy which I found really intersting. It almost as if in this verse he's second guessing himself, as if he's agreeing with the people who judge him a bit. "I'll rest on nets made by spiders fed on drug dosed flies" I think he's saying that like 'Maybe I am resting on what's safe, what's considered commercial' (the commercial artist and music industry being flies) and the drug dosed flies being the people who don't really know music and are kind of just hyponotized but what's supposedly "popular". But when he sings "the spider sings alone" I think he's almost conversing with himself like saying 'Yeah but these spiders (commercial artists) have to face all the criticism from all these indie bands or bands who don't see them as credible for being successful'. There's a sadness that seems to be coming through there. Like he's accepthing the fate he's been given, to be judged and criticized for their growing popularity. I think when he sings "He paced the room with hurried steps, and placed his hands upon his head" he's almost explaining how he would act out this little battle in his head. Like while he is deciding if he really is a sell out or not and while he's fighting for the music he loves and trying to deal with all the shit he's getting for it, he's pacing the room and running his fingers through his hair and stuff. When he sings "as if he were afraid" I think he's saying that as he acts this way, he almost looks like he's scared of teh judgement and scared of losing the fans and scared of losing everyone, just for doing what he wants. And when he sings "his thoughts were bursting from his brain" that just pulls it all togther. He's so overwhelmed that his head feels like it's exploding from the weight of everything.

    Finally it's the last two repeats of the chorus. I especially love the last repeat, because Craig's voice sounds AMAZINg and the piano really kicks in and it's just really climatic.

    The last line "as if he were afraid" and the way Craig's voice sounds completely blows me away. I think the last line is really vunerable and really him just opening up and saying 'Look, I'm proud of this, but I'm really scared of how it's going to be taken' It seems to me like he's almost pleading for his friends and the people who have screwed him over to step up and just support him at a time that he really needs it. For everyone to just open up their minds.

    Anyways that's my really really long take on it, but I could be SO far off. And if any of you actually finished reading it, I'm sorry, haha.

    Amazing song.
    lilyloveson April 20, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti dont think this is the right song.. :| i have a different version.
    nananinaon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is definitely it.
    kennistondon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is called "I Never Said I Was Powerful, I Said I Was A Wizard"
    nananinaon August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe actual lyrics to this song are:

    In the moment that she left the room the album started skipping
    Goodbye to beauty shared with the ones that you love
    A shadow that is fallin' over this town
    A shadow that is fallin' over this town

    Attention all of my worst critics who were once the best of friends
    Your rapture grows on the power of
    Two romantic speculations
    Two romantic specula-tions!

    Sighting them shape shifting
    Dissolve into the darkness
    A final opinion is of less value than an appreciation of
    Intolerance for obscurity

    The actors told me that
    Their pianos are playing at once through the dust
    I found it difficult
    My sight meant to keep them blotted out
    To keep them blotted out and out and out

    Two romantic speculations
    Two romantic specula-tions!

    Sighting them shape shifting
    Dissolve into the darkness
    A final opinion is of less value than an appreciation of
    intolerance

    A shadow that is falling over this town [x6]
    [in background]
    How can you still love me?
    There's better, there's better
    Better things
    There's better things to love
    There's better things to love
    A shadow that is fallin' over this
    A shadow fallin' over
    A shadow that is fallin'
    A shadow that is fallin' on me

    Sighting them shape shifting
    Dissolve into the darkness
    A final opinion is of less value than an appreciation of
    intolerance

    Sighting them shape shifting
    Dissolve into the darkness
    A final opinion is of less value than an appreciation of

    As if we were a dream!


    I'm pretty sure those are correct, but there might be a few mistakes.
    nananinaon August 31, 2007   Link
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    General Commentnananina
    has the right song and most of the lyrics right i tryied to get the lyrics and it was to difficult she did a great job thanks alot nananina!
    I dream no more...on August 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSorry.

    My song titles on itunes must be edited wrong.

    My mistake.
    kennistondon August 31, 2007   Link

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