"Fred Astaire" as written by Timothy Booth, James Glennie, David John Baynton-power, Saul Davies and Mark Hunter....
You have so many opportunities I never had
Don't push so hard nothing is ever easy
And this talent that you take for granted
Its a gift from god
Don't pass tit up
Nothing is ever easy
Are you ready to work real hard
Are you tired its just the start
Listen to me son ill take you far
You can call it anything you want the fact remains the same
I never got to be your Fred Astaire
You can lie to yourself and all your friends and pretend that you don't care
But circumstance gets in the way
Heel, toe, heel, toe, side to side again,
Gonna get it right
Don't push so hard,
Nothing is ever easy
Don't forget your please and thank you's,
Don't forget to smile
Don't pass this up,
Nothing is ever easy
Are you ready to work real hard
Are you tired its just the start
Listen to me son ill take you far (take you far)
You can call it anything you want
The fact remains the same
I never got to be your Fred Astaire
You can lie to yourself and all your friends
Pretend that you don't care
But circumstance gets in the way
Their pushing these children for all the wrong reasons
So far man you're crushing down their spirits
Suffocate, emancipate, turn their backs and walk away eventually eventually
Suffocate, emancipate, turn their backs and walk away eventually eventually
Seeking seeking,oh one of these one of these
Seeking seeking,oh one of these one of these PATHS
You're wasting time, I call it living
To the world what are you giving
You're wasting time, I call it living
To the world what are you giving
You're wasting time


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"Fred Astaire" as written by James Glennie David John Baynton-power

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    General Commentok i'm going to try and explain this song...

    Ok first of all if you didn't know LBC, is fronted by a couple of Indians(born in the US but their parents are from India). Ok, Fred Astaire was this kick ass dancer back in the day he's like the greatest, or one of the greats. More of the tradional Indian parents get their kids involved in dance at a very young age. In the Indian culture, perfection is demaned almost all the time. The guy who wrote this song felt the pressures from his parents to become a great dancer, but he never accomplished it. I guess this totally let down his parents. Well i hope this helps. Reread the lyrics and it will make perfect sense.

    "heel, toe, heel, toe, side to side AGAIN, gonna get it right..."
    aniotaon April 27, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song could be about dancing, but i think it's about much more than that. When we're young we're taught many things. It's so hard to please everyone and in fact it's impossible. Society pushes the youth in so many directions and says that you should be good at something. You need substance in your life, and you better get it right. We as a child try to fulfill all these standards set before us, we don't want to quit and more than all we don't want to let society or our parents down. But while society and our parents are pushing us they lose control of what life is all about and what life is suppose to be. Eventually if some of these standards aren't lifted they'll lose us to something no one truly wants.
    EnspyreMeon May 01, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti like your comment enspyreme. kind of goes more indept to the whole pushing kids too hard. i like how this song covers that the way it does.
    aniotaon May 12, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti think i read somewhere that this song is a conversation between a mother and her son.
    stellaluna1125on May 13, 2002   Link
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    General CommentIf you go to their official site, they have the meaning of this song on there.
    But if you can't be bothered lol...
    It is about that Fred Astaire dude, how he was a perfectionist and pushed himself to the best blah blah blah, and the song is a conversation between mother and son. When he wrote this song, he kept changing from mother to son so that both views clearly come across. Basically his mum thinks he's wasting his youth because he's not following in Freds footsteps, as far as she can see it, he's not making anything of himself. He however, thinks that he isn't wasting his youth at all, he's just taking a different approach to things. That's what all parents/teachers need to understand - just because we aren't perfectionists, doesn't mean that we're wasting our youths. We're doing what we want to, and somehow I don't think that's a waste =)
    pretty-in-punkon May 18, 2002   Link
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    General Commentjust had to put in my own words.... LBC isnt 'fronted by a couple of Indians', only its lead singer is Indian, the rest are incredibly white.
    senorreverteon May 23, 2002   Link
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    General CommentMaybe you thought there were a couple of indians because Stubhy(lead singer)'s bro is in another band called Swizzle Tree and they sing together sometimes at shows but you should make sure your right before you bust in tellin everyone what the song is about GOD!!!

    If you dont have their latest CD.... GET IT!!!
    Throwing_The_Gameon May 30, 2002   Link
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    General Commentwell whatever the real meaning of the song, it's really good! and the band is really good too...so everybody be happy!
    cherrypunkker07on June 11, 2002   Link
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    General Commenti like this song, it's like a guy saying that even tho he isn't good enough in what they want him to be good in...it's like you can't force someone to love something no matter how good they are at it...
    stellarlizon July 07, 2002   Link
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    General Commentexactly.... i agree with you stellarliz ... thats what this song made me think of, even though it's cool to know what the writer of songs thinks the song mens to him, thats alright, but i just love this song!
    UnwrittenMestUpGurlyon July 13, 2002   Link

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