"The Only One" as written by Joseph Iii Young, Devon Callender, Chauncy Sherod Clayton, William Donald Freeman Jr., Michael M. Kawesch, Iakov Kremenskiy and Michael Mcfadgen....
I am the only one that thinks I'm going crazy
And I don't know what to do
And I am the only son of a pastor I know
Who does the things I do
But if it was you
I don't think that it would matter
And if it was true
Then I just wouldn't matter

I was amazed at the color and shapes you do
A paper part for two
I am the only son of a bastard I know
That knows the bastard too
Because it was you
I called it a different story
But if I was you
I'd make this a simpler story

I bet you did what you did
When you did it
To do it again
By the time you were done with it
I bet you did what you did
When you did
Just to tell every friend that you have
That the Lord did it

I finally knew that I simply couldn't matter
You finally knew that you simply couldn't matter
I guess it's true you never knew
The passive power of the truth
Would let me lose
If I could write another phrase
We might be better off this way
But there's no use



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"The Only One" as written by Louise Hull Jonathan Mark Wright

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    General Commenti guess no one actually knows what existentialism is. it's kinda weird that everyone is throwing out that word cause its not the belief that nothing matters. it's the belief that it is up to you to define meaning for your own life. soren kirkegaard, the father of that movement, is quoted saying, "the thing is to find a truth which is true for me, an idea for which i can live and die."
    Aureliuson August 10, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOh my. Hull's voice in this is just so ridiculously good....especially at the start. This album is going to be 100% incredible.
    mattwood24on March 11, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentwhat are people's interpretations to this song?

    this album is supposed to be andy talking about his feelings for real not obscuring them through fictional characters.

    so if that's true, why does he say, "the only son of a bastard i know / that knows the bastard too" when he has sleeper 1972 which is a song about his dad if he were to die, and also in the live version of "100 dollars" on spin.com he talks about how both his parents gave him 100 dollars at their house and whatnot, which means theyd have to have some type of good relationship.

    i don't know. i'm just confused as to what this song and i've got friends are all about.
    brandon tautouon April 04, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI am just going to comment of the "son of a pastor I know who does the things I do." Pastor's kids, or PKs in the Christian community have a reputation of rebelling from God. Andy has obviously not gone away from God, and most of his lyrics are inspired by God in some way. I think he might be making a point that is opposite of what it seems to most readers. I think he's saying that most pastor's kids are away from God, and he is not. Just an idea.
    curbsquerlon October 02, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcompletely agree with mattwood24. andy hull as well as the rest of manchester are incredible musicians. easily one of my favorite bands ever. lookin so forward to the album.
    ianwellmanon March 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh and instead of "I was amazed that I called her in shades for you" i hear "I was amazed at the color and shapes you do"
    ianwellmanon March 11, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI am the son of a pastor and I can bet I do the things he does :) and more.
    Augustineeeon April 19, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a very complicated song. And I can't say that I really understand it. But I am going to pretend like I do and throw an idea out there. At least that might get some discussion about this song going.

    The overall theme of this song is obviously confusion. Maybe that's why the lyrics take the course that they do, but it is talking about how confused he is about who is as a person. "I am the only one that thinks I am crazy." This is centered around the fact that he was brought up one way and became a completely different person than what was expected. "I am the only son of a pastor I know who does the things I do."

    The second verse is the confusing part though. Anybody who knows anything about Andy Hull knows that his dad is his best friend so for him to say he is a bastard son is very confusing. But he throws in that "he knows the bastard too." He then follows with "because it was you I called it a different story,
    but if I was you I'd make this a simpler story." I think maybe what he is saying here is that he misplaces the blame for the things that he has done. He starts by saying "it was you." Maybe saying it was your fault. And then says "but if I was you I'd make this a simpler story." Maybe that is saying that the story isn't really that complicated. Everything is really my fault I have just been blaming others. In this case, I think that would mean he is calling himself the bastard. He created the mistake ridden person that he is but ignored himself (making himself an abandoned creater or a bastard).

    ....That might be a stretch and by all means....correct me.
    dustinlaukhufon April 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI get a sort of existential vibe from the last verse, as if nothing really matters. I know that may be a bit of a literal interpretation, but it's how I envision it.
    AriChristoson May 05, 2009   Link
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    General CommentAs if nothing really matters in the end* is what a meant to say. We all live, we all die, blah blah, that sorta thing.
    AriChristoson May 05, 2009   Link

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