"Alter Ego" as written by and Kevin Parker....
Said the voice from afar
"Don't you know it doesn't Have to be so hard
Waiting for Everyone else around to agree
Might take too long
Might take too long

Then it won't be so hard (It won't be so hard)
Well it's true yes but you
Won't get far telling me
That you are all you're meant to be
When the one from my dream
Is sitting right next to me
And I don't know what to do

Oh alter ego

Get them to love you
While they may, depending on your words and wealth
The only one who's really judging you is yourself
Nobody else, nobody else

If I could part, it wouldn't be so hard (It won't be so hard)
Well, it's true, yes, but you won't get far telling me

That you are all you're meant to be
When the one from my dream
Is sitting right next to me
And I don't know what to do

Oh alter ego


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"Alter Ego" as written by Kevin Parker

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  • +5
    General CommentI think this song is about hiding ones true self and creating an ‘Alter Ego’ to please everyone else. The individual’s true self is fighting with his fake alter ego stating that it isn’t that hard to be yourself. The line ‘the voice from afar’ suggests that the individual has become lost in what everyone else wants to see, and is trying to convince himself that ‘Waiting for everyone else around to argee, might take too long’
    the next line ‘When it won't be so hard’ suggests that it wouldn’t be as hard to be yourself and others will accept you for who you are.

    The individual battles with himself as the fake part of him is trying to convince himself that he is all he needs to be but his true self longs for more depth stating
    ‘Well it's true, yes, but you
    wont't get far telling me
    that you are all you're meant
    to be, when the one from our
    dream is sitting right next
    to me and I don't know
    what to do’

    The song continues by stating all the things that is needed for an individual to be accepted and liked
    ‘Get them to love you,
    while the may depending
    on your words and wealth,’

    The individual realises that the only person judging them is their ‘alter ego’
    ‘the only one who's really
    judging you is yourself.
    Nobody else.’ the individual longs to part ways with his alter ego and show people his true self
    ‘If I could part,
    it wouldn't be so hard.’
    Flower123on April 01, 2013   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is very obviously about being yourself. "Don't you know it doesn't have to be so hard? Waiting for everyone else around to agree, might take too long" He's saying it would be much easier to act like yourself around others than trying to be someone else so people will like you, "Get them to love you, while the may depending on your words and wealth, the only one who's really judging you is yourself. Nobodyy else." Here he's saying the same thing basically, you're trying to get into crowds and hang out with people who are entirely superficial, and end the end it's not them who are judging you, but it's yourself. So basically, it's like you have an alter ego that isn't like who you really are.
    whatsthedealon June 19, 2010   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis song is too much too handle on psychedelics, the erratic drums+introspective lyrics=me on my couch watching walls melt.
    bourndeadon August 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis jam reminds me of ariel pink's "menapause man," where he laments, "you're trying too hard to be yourself / you're trying to hard to be what you already are."
    dontsnatchmavrckon June 21, 2010   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionOh also, the lyric you have listed as "When the one from my dream" should be corrected to "when the one from OUR dream" his delivery sorta tie the two together "from-our(sounds like fromah)" and his accent obscures the R sound, as noted in his pronunciation of Rs in "won't get Fa(r) telling me that you A(re)".
    bourndeadon August 09, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commentman, that's some intense shit- show this tune to everyone you know
    Akronite95on October 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBrilliant, brilliant song - can just imagine speeding off into the sunset listening to this...
    I think it's about choosing between your ideals and success...although the first time I heard this it seemed like he was singing about choosing between two people? Though in a way, I guess he is; an alter-ego.
    Treadheadon June 06, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is blowing my mind! I try not to kill it with over playing it - but its hard. man. one of the best tunes i have heard in a very long time.
    locksmithon September 01, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyric should actually be "When the one from MY dream is sitting right next to me"
    Someone above mentioned that it was wrong and then offered up the wrong lyric to fix it with.
    Great song, though, love the mix of old and new in this. Very trippy song.
    VirilePandaon September 15, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentOne of the most beautiful pieces of psychadelic music out there.
    epilepticteenon November 09, 2010   Link

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