"Another Human Being" as written by Jann Arden Richards and Russell Andrew Broom....
Black babies running for the candy truck in Africa
See them kicking up the dust from miles away
I'm drinking Evian and wondering where the hell I am
Looking for the preacher man to just translate
To just translate
To just translate

We're eating chicken feet
Swear it kind of tastes like meat
Waiting for the Masai chief to take us in
Flies cover up his face
Makes you want to look away
Cannot take another day beneath this heat
Beneath this heat

The world is falling apart
And I know in my heart, I don't know what to do about it
The world is bigger than me and I do not believe another human
Being on the planet
The world, the world needs love
Love and nothing else can save us now

Black babies running from a big hairy elephant
I wish that I had the guts to save the day
Here come the preacher man he's telling us to run like mad
Leave everything you have and follow me
Dive in the water hole don't drink it in you know
You'll die from an overload of some disease
Dive in the water hole don't drink it in you know
You'll die from an overload of some disease
Some disease

The world is falling apart
And I know in my heart, I don't know what to do about it
The world is bigger than us and I don't really trust another
Human being on the planet
The world, the world needs love

The world is falling apart
And I know in my heart, I don't know what to do about it
The world is bigger than me and I do not believe another human
Being on the planet
The world is falling apart
And I know in my heart, I don't know what to do about it
The world is bigger than us and I don't really trust another
Human being on the planet
The world is falling apart
And I know in my heart, I don't know what to do about it
The world is bigger than me and I do not believe another human
Being on the planet
The world, the world needs love


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"Another Human Being" as written by Russell Andrew Broom Jann Arden Richards

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    General Commentthis is like that beetle's song to me, I am the Walrus, just about a bunch of nonsensical stuff, i like these
    lauraboo438on December 24, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is more than nonsensical. My opinion of course.

    Jann's painting an image for the listener about a specific way of life in a specific place. She's then using that image to tell us that 'the world is bigger than me', showing us her self-realization that in this world, we are each insignificant.
    That thought is also expressed when she talks about the child running from the elephant and she wishes she 'had the guts to save the day'.
    The world (our existence, not the physical earth, but the way we live) being the child, the elephant representing what our population is doing to it, and her just another human being on the planet - feeling as though they themselves can do nothing.

    People as a whole forget what the world has given them, and forget that they can give back to it. The world needs love.
    I think the first verse is a comment on religion in this sense too. People don't know their own paths, and instead of looking inward to find who they are and what they can do they look to 'the preacher' for guidance. This line is meant as your religion or faith is brought forth from an exterior point, instead of from within.
    Later on Jann expands on this thought to say that the preacher tells you to 'run like mad/leave everything you have and follow me'. Most organized religions demand that you follow certain codes or give up certain things. Doesn't that defeat the whole purpose of faith?

    On our own, we are each insignificant. We find small things to keep up those barriers between us - religion, race, social status, sexuality. But if we could only 'trust another human being on the planet', we could be more than what we are.

    That's what this song says to me.
    Shades_Of_Greyon July 18, 2008   Link

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