"Feel It Still" as written by and John Gourley Zachary Carothers....
Can't keep my hands to myself
Think I'll dust 'em off, put 'em back up on the shelf
In case my little baby girl is in need
Am I coming out of left field?

Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
I been feeling it since 1966, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it's 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

Got another mouth to feed
Leave her with a baby sitter, mama, call the grave digger
Gone with the fallen leaves
Am I coming out of left field?

Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
I been feeling it since 1966, now
Might've had your fill, but you feel it still
Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it's 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

We could fight a war for peace
(Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now)
Give in to that easy living
Goodbye to my hopes and dreams
Stop flipping for my enemies
We could wait until the walls come down
(Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now)
It's time to give a little to the
Kids in the middle, but oh 'til it falls
Won't bother me

Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming?
Is it coming back?

Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, yeah
Your love is an abyss for my heart to eclipse, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still

Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
I've been feeling it since 1966, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
Let me kick it like it's 1986, now
Might be over now, but I feel it still
Might've had your fill, but you feel it still


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"Feel It Still" as written by John Gourley Zachary Carothers

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  • +2
    Song MeaningThe creators of the song have a child, and it's about balancing the demands of their careers with the demands of their daughter.
    lourologyon December 04, 2017   Link
  • +2
    Link(s)as explained by the artists themselves songfacts.com/…
    lourologyon December 04, 2017   Link
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    General CommentThe idea of being a rebel just for kicks relates to a desire to buck the system and fight the power with music like bands did back in 1966 - except the desire is blunted by the realization these times aren't like those times, and it's harder to believe that music is going to change anything. It feels like you might be speaking truth to power, but you might as well be doing it just for kicks, for all the difference it will really make. Still, he's trying to figure out how to "feel it still", to still care about trying to make some kind of positive difference, and balance that with the family and practical considerations of his baby daughter and thinking about her future. How to do what feels right in the midst of a changed and changing, complicated world...
    JT1968on January 04, 2018   Link
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    General Comment recommend reading the artists’ interpretation that someone previously mentioned as it added a lot of insight. Personally I found this song to be really creative free form of jazz and electronic smashed into a pop concept structure that intersected a lot of musical and lyrical genres. Unlike the guy who felt it was a stab at SJWs, I felt it was more an ode to those still fighting for those issues that seemed to be “fixed” but that are still worth fighting for, since clearly racism and sexism haven’t been “fixed” in the cultural mindset, even if, in some small way, they’ve been addressed in the legal mindset of the US/the world. I felt that it’s a pretty sincere acknowledgement that a lot of these issues are difficult to fight against because the general population of the US/ developed countries is under the impression that there’s no real problem, and the band is still fighting against these issues despite lack of popular support, because it is still relevant and still matters, although it’s hard to get buy in due to the majority believing everything is “fine” for oppressed classes they don’t belong to. Other things, like family and career, take precedent, so it’s hard to address these things while still meshing with the larger society they need to be a part of to care for their families.

    TLDR: They want to do more, but don’t want to commit to rebellion because they have families to take care of and lives to tend to.

    The allusion to aliens in the video I found especially prescient, because that was a real concern in 1966, but also because it’s an “other” that all humans can relate to. Overall, it’s a very visceral overture that’s enjoyable despite political beliefs or group membership.
    alia102122on April 07, 2018   Link
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    General Commenti LOVE this song soooooo much! the lyrics are pretty thoughtful and i like the tune.
    SophiaG1on September 20, 2017   Link
  • 0
    My InterpretationIt sounds like the lyricist is done with fighting in this current political environment especially when he mentions he has a little baby. He can’t keep his hands off her. his hands used to be for fighting, now they’re purpose is to care for his child. He puts them on a shelf in case he needs to protect her.

    The chorus is almost making fun of SJWs when he mentions the 1960s which was the Vietnam protests, civil rights for blacks. Those were actually something to fight for politically. Now, we just complain about the corrupt system we’re apart of. People are now just a rebel for the fun of it.

    I really like the bridge bc it shows hypocrisy of war. Give up ur hopes n dreams. N it also seems like “stop flipping for the enemies” could be the smear campaign the corporations use to not allow minimum wage to go up to 15 dollars. “Flipping” could literally mean flipping burgers. and it sounds like he’s giving a nod to Sander’s tip to the middle kids (college debt) and Trumps famous wall. N then he says it doesn’t bother him either way. Let the wall fall down by being peaceful or fight a bullshit political war. we truly know we’re not under attack and we don’t need a wall to feel safe from immigrants.

    The “1986” reference reminds me of the first line to “fight for your right” by the beastie boys which is “KICK IT”. I could be way off but I’m the same age as the members of Portugal the man. I still can’t believe they’re on the radio. They deserve it.
    Chrishdkon February 01, 2018   Link

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