"Fantastic Pace" as written by and John Baldwin Gourley....
He was born in the first grade hungry little lion
Swallowed all he saw still he's barely alive
He was a colorful person born of some colorful people
When he opened up his mouth he poured some colorful speeches
His home was a tar paper palette Tyvek green house
Pumped into the culdesac gravel housing his house
Where living like the drinks are rivers, wells, creeks, oceans, bays
Every year we get a little older found in his ways
I hope he never grows, grows into nothing
I hope he never grows, grows into nothing

He's not so well behaved
What are we to do
Get him to the digging get him over in the corner
Got a little place out in the crystal fires

No one wants you
No one wants you
No one wants you
What are we to do?
No one wants you
No one wants you
No one wants you
What are we to do?
No one wants you
No one wants you
No one wants you
What are we to do?
No one wants you
No one wants you
No one wants you
What are we to do?
What are we to do?
What are we to do?

Starving empty stares pushed it down in the parking lots
The valley, lake, cars and the riverbed hang outs
A long way from the little lion in black full-body snow-suits
Snowshoe, goosebay and neighbors claims on empty lots
Where guns and gold were goals given up given his pace
Below all the giants growing up at fantastic pace
Fantastic pace
Fantastic pace
Fantastic pace


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"Fantastic Pace" as written by John Baldwin Gourley

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    General CommentThis is one of my favorites off of american ghetto!! it reminds me of a friend.

    It’s about a kid who is outcast from his community because he doesn't fit in. his parents are kind of eccentric, living in an unfinished shitty house. He acts out and does socially unacceptable stuff because he sees the flaws in the American dream of “guns and gold.” No one can accept who he is or what ideals he stands for. Instead, they keep pushing him down and trying to repress who he is inside, wanting him to get a job in the mine and move on with his life. The song kind of ends on a cliff hanger… how does he deal with it? We know he’s “giving up his place” but we don’t know if he’s running into the woods like Colton Harris-Moore or Christopher McCandless, or if he ends up killing himself to escape.
    rupptizzleon May 24, 2010   Link
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    General Commentoh rupptizzle, you must be a kindred spirit! :) For the very first thing I thought of when I interpreted these lyrics was christopher mccandless. Furthermore, I agree with pretty much everything you said. I believe initially, as a boy, he was a lively, unique boy excited about life. But as the years went on society wore him down and he conformed which turned him into a kind of souless, empty shell.

    and so!

    as said, we are left to wonder if he withered away, escaped, or.. died. And though I would like to hope he escaped, I have a sad feeling he withered away.

    nonetheless, a fantastic song.
    dm.tymon February 26, 2011   Link

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