"Houdini" as written by and Mark Foster....
Rise above gonna start the war
Whatcha want whatcha need whatcha come here for
Well an eye for an eye and an F for fight
Takin' me down as the prisoners riot

Got shackles on my wings on tight
Beggin' makin' compromise
Fast enough it's hard to hide
Sometimes I want to disappear

When I feel good I'm playin' under warm distress
Pass it up on a better day
Well you got whatcha want you never knew
Perfect gift from me to you

Yeah, yeah, yeah

Got shackles on my wings on tight
Beggin' makin' compromise
Fast enough it's hard to hide
Sometimes I want to disappear

(Raise up to your ability)
You never knew what I could find
What could come when we realize
Don't no one want to compromise

(Raise up to your ability)
Yeah I'm scared but I'll disappear
Runnin' around before I'll come with you
Like he's someone who lost his way

(Raise up to your ability)
I know that you wanna
'Cause it was easy to see
Of my ability

(Raise up to your ability)
Yeah you're undecided
Yeah so I can see it
Yeah I'm gonna wipe your mind

Focus on your ability
Focus on your ability
Now focus on your ability
Focus on your ability

Gain again what they want to steal
Gain again what they want to steal
Gonna gain again what they want to steal
Gain again what they want to steal


Lyrics submitted by 5oclock, edited by smexybak, indierox, ARonTheory

"Houdini" as written by Mark Foster

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  • +10
    General CommentFTP focused their ability on making the catchiest song ever
    chewthegumon April 09, 2011   Link
  • +8
    Lyric CorrectionI got the CD today, and here are a few corrections to the lyrics. Unfortunately the end of the song where he starts singing "raise up to your ability" doesn't have any lyrics listed. :/ Also, I wrote what it says in on the album lyrics, but I still kind of think when I listen to the song it sounds like he singing "gain again what they want to steal". It's hard to tell.

    Rise above, gonna start the war!
    Oh, what you want, what you need, what'd you come here for?
    Well, an eye for an eye and an 'f' for fight
    They're taking me down as the prisoners riot

    Got shackles on, my words are tied
    Fear can make you compromise
    With the lights turned up, it's hard to hide
    Sometimes I want to disappear

    When I feel kinda bad and don't want to stress
    I just pass it off on ability
    Well you got what you want, what you never knew
    It's a perfect gift from me to you

    Got shackles on, my words are tied
    Fear can make you compromise
    With the lights turned up, it's hard to hide
    Sometimes I want to disappear

    (Raise up to your ability)

    You gotta focus on your ability
    Focus on your ability
    Now focus on your ability
    Focus on your ability
    Then they can't get what they want to steal
    Can't get what they want to steal
    vitalvessalson May 23, 2011   Link
  • +6
    Song Comparisonthis song is about what its like to be a performer and how a magician can hide behind smoke and mirrors but a musician has to reveal very personal things about themselves or at least that pretty much what they said when they were preforming live on AltNation a couple days ago
    colonel95on May 23, 2011   Link
  • +4
    General CommentThis and Helena Beat have been on repeat for me for the last three days continuously.
    I think they need to work on perfecting their slower tunes (Chin Up, etc.) but damn they can do catchy realllly really well. <3
    kerrigwenon April 15, 2011   Link
  • +3
    General CommentJust for the record, I love the line, "f for fight." That says it all. This song is about self-efficacy--believing in yourself and your ability to do.

    Fear will make a person compromise and reach lower than they ought to. But nobody should fear when they've got abilities other's do not have. Gotta find your niche is all.
    charmedone89on October 08, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti can't stop listening to this song. it is really catchy and dance-able! i am in love with the lyrics as well! at the Coachella Festival 2011 he introduced this song saying it was about his "favorite magician"..obviously.
    floatandflutteron April 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is really cathy! Love it
    1watermelon1on July 10, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti increase the volume louder and louder as the sond goes on! the beat after "sometimes i wanna disappear" is orgasmic. why is the title houdini though? it was making me sing "its hard to know how to be houdini" instead of "focus on your ability" :/
    tamelion11on July 15, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentFocus on your ability is my favourite part of the song. :)

    I guess it's about putting on a show like a magician. It's all just an illusion and so is their musician image. You don't actually get to see the real, uncensored celebrity. And maybe he's saying that he's not always up to it, it sounds like he gets stage fright. "it's hard to hide. Sometimes I want to disappear."

    "Yeah I'm gonna wipe your mind." I'm gonna impress you with my show.

    Maybe that wasn't their original meaning, but that's my interpretation. :D
    canuckgirl105on August 18, 2011   Link
  • 0
    My Opinionreally got me stuck with the earphone..!!!
    i still thinking of what this song really mean..
    love it so,
    <3 <3 <3

    thanks for the lyric
    farahsaputrion September 17, 2011   Link

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