"We Shall Not Overcome" as written by and Frank Turner....
The bands I like, they don't sell too many records
And the girls I like, they don't kiss too many boys
Books I read will never be best sellers, yeah
But come on fellas at least we made our choice, hey!

Hey, hey, hey, hey!

What do we want?
And when do we want it?
And how would we feel if we knew that we were never gonna get it?
And where did we start from?
And where are we going?
Can anyone here say with any certainty that they know what they're doing?

Ever feel like an awkward understudy thrown into a cast where you just don't get along?
Crowd and the crew all standing silent staring and you can't shake the feeling that somehow you're doing it wrong

What do we want?

Mum and dad always seem like that had a plan
Everything fell apart when mum moved on, now dad's a broken man
And all these decisions that keep getting made
I can't remember making them and nobody wants to explain

We're all awkward understudies wearing comfortable shoes getting comfortable with doing it wrong
Missed the dress rehearsals and we had to rush a drink before the show but now it's show time and we're singing our song!

Because the bands I like, they don't sell too many records
And the girls I like, they don't kiss too many boys
Books I read will never be best sellers, yeah
But come on fellas at least we made our choice

The bands I like, they don't sell too many records
And the girls I like, they don't kiss too many boys
Books I read will never be best sellers, yeah
But come on fellas at least we made our choice

Be a fan of every band that made you want to move your feet
Fall in love with every person who ever made your heart want to skip a beat
So come on, come on, come on!
What do we want?
We shall not overcome!
We shall not go well!
Hey, hey!

Because the lives we lead, they will be so very perfect
And the plans we make made us serve some kind of purpose
But the hearts we meet still beat the way they used to
If you're doing it wrong, well yeah what you gunna do?

What do we want?


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"We Shall Not Overcome" as written by Frank Turner

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    General Commenti think it's about not following the crowd
    yasminrose369on April 19, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think it's "we shall underwhelm" not "we shall not go well".
    fionac123on June 03, 2015   Link
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    General CommentI think it's about the fact that regardless of how confident we may seem, there is at least a small part of all us that is worried that we are making the wrong choices or are doing things wrong. Even the plans of others don't always pan out as they were intended to. I think the title is referring to that feeling. "We shall not overcome" the insecurities that we have about the choices that we make. "All these decisions, they keep getting made. I can't remember making them and nobody wants to explain." I think this line is referring to the fact that in most of life, you can't drag your feet. Not making a choice is in fact making a choice. It's making a choice not to respond/react/choose. The end of the song is Frank trying to let the listener know not to live your life anxious about the choices you make but rather to embrace them. Just live your life knowing that you did the best you could and that worrying doesn't actually help. Great song!
    W347h3redon August 15, 2017   Link

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