"All At Once" as written by Joseph King, Isaac Slade and Aaron P. Johnson....
All at once
The world
Can't overwhelm me
Theres almost nothin'
That you could tell me
That could ease my mind

Which way will you run
When it's always
All around you
And the feelin' lost
And found you again
A feelin'
That we have no control
Around a song
Some say
There's gonna be
The new hell
Some say
It's still
Too early to tell
Some say
It really
Ain't no myth at all

Keep askin' ourselves
Are we really
Strong enough
There's so many things
That we got
Too proud of
We're too proud of
We're too proud of

I wanna take
The preconceived
Out from
Underneath your feet
We could shake it off

Instead
We'll plant some seeds
We'll watch em' as they grow
And with each new beat
From your heart
The roots grow deeper
The branches
Will they reach for what
Nobody really knows
But underneath it all
There's this heart
All alone

What about is gone
And it really
Won't be so long
Sometimes it feels
Like a heart
Is no place
To be singin'
From at all

There's a world
We've never seen
There's still hope
Between the dreams
The weight of it all
Could blow away
With a breeze
If your waitin'
On the wind
Don't forget to breathe
Cause as the darkness
Gets deeper
We'll be sinkin'
As we reach for love
At least somethin'
We could hold
But I'll reach to you
From where time
Just can't go

What about is gone
And it really
Won't be so long
Sometimes it feels
Like a heart
Is no place
To be singin'
From at all


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"All at Once" as written by Jack Hody Johnson

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  • +2
    General CommentMuch of this song is about feeling that each individual has no control, so what does it matter if an individual tries to do anything to help another. Jack feels that comfort is difficult to find in thinking about the world because of everything going on, between his obvious global warming reference, the difficulty of hope in the face of hardships (the weight of it all could blow away with the breeze), and each catastrophe that appears every day, it appears that singing from the heart does not make sense because too many people don't act from their hearts. The preconceived comment really interests me because to take the preconceived out from somebody's feet is to make them question the world, why people do as they do, whether their opinion is truly better than another person's, and what to believe. He connects believing to hope later when he states that "there's still hope between the dreams/ the weight of it all could blow away with the breeze/ if you're waiting on the wind" because waiting for the wind to ruin your hopes does not make sense until he says that we reach for love, which is the cure to dashed hopes and destroyed beliefs. In this song Jack believes that control in this world is impossible for the individual to maintain, but if everybody's preconceived notions about right and wrong, and the power of the individual changes, then some true changes may be made, but if these notions are kept, then the only thing left to reach to is love while the world collapses under the stresses and catastrophes presented by the environment and violence and the degradation of entire civilizations in other nations.
    meaningoflife1on July 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis song is definately about Global Warming.

    One day we could just wake up and the world could be just gone :\ might not happen tomorrow or the next but one day it will.

    "Around the sun some say,
    it's gonna be the new hell some say
    it's still too early to tell, some say
    it really ain't no myth at all."


    its baseically saying the truth about whats happenng now to the world most ppl say it cant happen and it wont happen. but scientists say it will happen and "Where will u run when its all around you?"

    its a scary thought but its realism and this world will come to an end one day.

    but the scary thought is how will it happen thats where the title comes in play "All at once" Will we suddenly just wake up one morning and everything around us has gone? what will be be like when it does happen? no one knows and thats why its scary.


    I hope this song gives every listener a good think about our world and our future.
    fraginon January 31, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti think the song is about life in general and dealing with things out of your control when the going gets tough. How you handle yourself in that situation.

    Jack lost his cousin Danny Riley while making this album. Danny actually provided some assitance to this album. He also has also lost friends in the past. He seems to have taken Danny's loss hard in this song.

    "All at once, the world CAN overwhelm me. There's almost nothing you could tell me, that could ease my mind."

    The overwhelming feeling of loss....and then the feeling of dispair and helplessness....

    "Which way will you run? When it's always all around you, and the feeling has lost and found you AGAIN. A feeling that we have no control."

    To thoughts of this big ole world and our place in it mentioning biblical ideas...does life on earth feel like hell already? We all know it does at times.

    "Around the sun, some say it's going to be the new hell, some say its too early to tell, some say it ain't no myth at all."

    Are we strong enough to handle everything that comes at us in rough times.....

    "We keep asking ourselves are we really strong enough?"

    Focusing on things that aren't really important....like pride.

    "There's so many things that we're too proud of."

    Add that first part of the song up and he is essentially dealing with the big picture. Life is short and not always in our control. Focus on the things that matter most. Including loved ones.

    In the second part of the song he talks about changing gears or "take the preconcieved out from underneath your feet". I take that as "you" the listener as his wife Kim. Instead of basking in the darkness of dispair, look at the positives.

    I take the planting seeds to be symbolic of raising a family and being on the flip side of death-bringing life. He has two kids. With each heart beat they'll watch them grow. Who knows where they'll end up.

    The real clue is that he keeps mentioning that "sometimes it feels like a heart is no place to be singing from at all".....especially when you have a broken or sore heart due to loss.

    The third section of the song to me is of hope and the need for love in dark times. I find the lyric "But I'll reach to you from where time just can't go" to mean that love is timeless and there are no clocks in heaven.

    Really remarkable song. This is just my take on Jack's meaning behind this song. Jack is often very candid with emotions in songs. That is why he is so good.
    newdadon June 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningI don't necessarily think this is right but this is how it relates to me I suppose. I really feel like its just about when the world is just throwing a little bit too much at you and you look to love to help you get through it and its not always there.
    HawaiiSurf10on September 07, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI could be wrong, but to me the song is about how overwhelmed he, or anyone for that matter, feels about the world sometimes. All at once, all kinds of problems both personal and global can suddenly compound themselves until you feel hopeless. Jack dedicated this album to a recently deceased family member. I have a feeling that that loss, the issue of global climate change (the some say verse),the war in Iraq (too proud of verse), and who knows what other problems led him to write this song.

    It seems to me like he's saying sometimes we just need someone to be there for us, to show us that there will be brighter days and a future ahead of us. (planting seeds, and the whole verse that begins with "there's a world we've never seen")
    middleoftheroadon November 29, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with you to some extent but this song is about more than the amount of damage that we are causing in our planet, (global warming) but also the damage that we are doing to society while our planet goes down in flames.

    "Which way will you run
    When it's always all around you,
    and the feeling lost and found you again,
    a feeling that we have no control. "

    this means that the problems of world are constantly growing and worsening. our human conscience needs to, and will, catch up to us soon because if it doesn't then "it's gonna be the new hell some say"
    finnegamon February 02, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentfavorite song off the album, i can't stop listening to it!!
    yeah its definitely about global warming. but i thought the first line was .."can overwhelm me" not "can't" ..i could be wrong though
    spaigex3on February 09, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it is 'can' - from the sleep through the static lyrics book
    crumbson February 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyeah it is 'can' - from the sleep through the static lyrics book
    crumbson February 10, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI think its more personal than that... its about a guy and girl that have been broken up, and all he can do is think about her no matter how hard he trys to stop Which way will you run

    "When it's always all around you,
    and the feeling lost and found you again,
    a feeling that we have no control."

    and so he wants to reconnect "plant seeds" and see what happens, even though he knows it won't work out cause her feelings are stuck in the past
    timmy54on February 13, 2008   Link

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