"Gotta Be Somebody's Blues" as written by and James Christopher/burch Adkins....
Let the water come
She's the only one I love
Let the fat man draw
She's the sweetest honey pot

Will they see the sky again?
Who will sing they're blues for them?

Let the factory's rust
She's the only thing I trust
Let the virus spread
She's the silk lining in my bed

Will they breath our again?
Who will sing they're blues for them?

When your feeling moot
You can have your conscious all you want
You can say I do nothing yeah
I put it off

Where you gonna go if they come for you?
Will there be someone left to sing your blues?
Where you gonna run when they come for you?
Will there be someone to sing your blues?


Lyrics submitted by Pocketmoonlight, edited by gdwr, stars4816, IfYouSaySo

"Gotta Be Somebody's Blues" as written by Richard E Burch James Christopher Adkins

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    General CommentThey first came for the Communists,
    And since I wasnt a communist I did not speak up.
    Then they came for the trade unions,
    And since I wasnt in a union I did not speak up.
    Next they came for the Jews,
    And since I was a Christian I did not speak up.
    Finally they came for me,
    Everyone else is now gone and there is no one to speak up for me.

    Breaking down the lyrics line by line you can start to see something very interesting.

    Within the first two verses there appear to be two seperate streams of consciousness.

    The first stream is the teste from a man desperately in love and:
    "Shes the only one I love"
    "Shes the sweetess hunny pot"
    "Shes the only one I trust"
    "Shes the silk lining in my bed"

    The Second stream of consciousness is from a narrator who finds life absurd, and reaching out from an existential postion that we are ultimately doomed and will eventually be destroyed and person in complete dispair and in probable hatred of the condition he/she finds the world or his life in.
    "Let the water come" an allusion from the Bible (The Flood.)
    "Let the fat man drop" a reference to the A-Bomb (The bomb dropped on Himorshima I believe)
    "Let the factories rust" speaking to the ultimate conclusion of our extinction our footprint will be erased.
    "Let the virus spread" Some theorist/"prophets" think this is will be inevitable cause of our extinction, due to either a biochemical weapon or to a super bug created as a result from resistances to medicines.

    The third verse as well as the chorus is from a third stream of consciousness/narrator and in my opionion seems to be either trying to console the other two or seems to be speaking about them from a different time. Ultimately I get the impression that what Atkins was intending with the narrator was to offer an after the fact account of the past. Speaking from a future generation about the testimonials of the other men. Or men people in general, people that just wanted love and peace and happiness, and people who knew that if we continued in the same direction catastrohpy would occure.

    After listening to the first two speak their minds in the first verses the narrator does two things with his reply in the chorus "will they see the sky again? who will sing their blues for them?" he makes us question whether or not the narrator exists or is just a personification of our ultimate regret that we did nothing to stop it (this become more clear with the next verse the narrator says) and second that without anyone left (including the narrator) who will ever know what ultimately ended us.

    "when youre feeling moved
    you can have your conscience all you want
    you cant say I do nothing
    I put it off"

    This whole verse is speaking from the perspective of the apathetic complacent and unmoved consciousness of our time. Basically its Atkins spitting in the faces of all those who preach and preach and do nothing to change anything for the better. It speaks of our ultimate flaw as a society and a species, that the problems of our time will not be solved. It speaks of from a man in total dispair and scepticism that anything will ever change.

    The Title, I think if anything points out to the basic meaning of this song its this. "Gotta be somebodies blues" speaks to the heart of the current condition of our planet and the absolute complancentness and apathy for the problems of our exsistance. Its gotta be somebodies problem, but whos and when?

    Will it be too late before someone finally does something....

    LutzyPutzyon August 11, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General Comment"Let the fat man drop"

    probably a reference to the atom bomb...
    Indagateon October 12, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentC'mon you guys! The meaning is so obvious and no one gets it. It is a criticism of American society---much like "Bleed America." The water coming, refers to global warming. The "She" in the song is America. We say we love America yet we do nothing to stop the problems that threaten her. The "fat man" is the lazy, complacent citizens of America. We let America's factories rust, [this refers to the American economy] yet we say we trust "her." America provides us with luxurious lifestyles [the silk lining our bed] yet we let the viruses spread.
    valkyrie50on April 17, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis reminds me of Pastor Martin Niemoller's quote

    'In Germany they first came for the Communists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

    Then they came for the Jews,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

    Then they came for the trade unionists,
    and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

    Then they came for the Catholics,
    and I didn't speak up because I was a Protestant.

    Then they came for me –
    and by that time no one was left to speak up.'


    Just that gradually the world is getting more and more screwed up, and more people are dying, and no-one is singing their blues, or speaking up for them, because they're too busy enjoying their own happy lives (with all their silk linings) and eventually there's no-one left to speak for them or sing their blues when they finally get destroyed too.
    Creepy but powerful.
    grumpygremlinon April 12, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentJust gorgeous on first listen.
    watch the sky xon September 29, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentLet the water come
    She's the only one I love
    Let the fat man drop
    She's the sweetest honey pot
    Will they see the sky again?
    Who will sing their blues for them?

    Let the factories rust
    She's the only thing I trust
    Let the virus spread
    She's the silk vine in my bed
    Will they breathe our air again
    Who will sing their blues for them?

    When you're feeling moot [(I'm not postive it says this but there's no other word I can think of that works)]
    You can have your conscious all you want
    You can't say I do nothing, yet I put off

    Where you gonna go
    If they come for you?
    Will there be someone
    Left to sing your blues?

    Where you gonna look
    When they come for you?
    Will there be someone
    Left to sing your blues
    adrienne123089on October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Comment**Correction**

    "You can't say I do nothing, yeah, I put it off"
    adrienne123089on October 01, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthanks adrienne.

    I made the correct changes.

    I also think its "When you're feeling moot" It's a weird lyric, but I think it's the correct one.
    Pocketmoonlighton October 04, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe last bit is:

    Where you gonna run
    When they come for you?
    Will there be someone
    Left to sing your blues?
    Mzyxptlkon October 06, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAlso, "conscience", not "conscious"
    Mzyxptlkon October 06, 2007   Link
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