Let Go From The Get Go

Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody
Nobody wants to be a nobody
But I wouldn’t want to be nobody else.In a world so harsh, uncaring, competitive and rough
You can often get the feeling that you’re just not good enough
So you try to be more popular, try to be the star
Change yourself, homogenise
But you’re amazing as you are

Let go from the get go
Why sacrifice for someone else’s dreams?
Folks will snipe and criticise
Folks will hate you too
But the answer isn’t always what it seems
We are created as we are, not as we’re wanted to be
You can’t improve a flower by wishing it a tree

Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody
Nobody wants to be a nobody
But I wouldn’t want to be nobody else

Let go – don’t spend your life a wannabe
Don’t waste your time distressing on what others want to see
You can wear all kinds of uniform
Join the army, join a mob
And stand up for whatever views might justify the job
But who’re we fooling anyway?
You’re not an actor in a play
The devil sings the sweetest song
To those who just want to belong

Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody
Nobody wants to be a nobody
But I wouldn’t want to be nobody else.

Let go from the get go
Let go from the get go
Let go from the get go

Blessed are the misfits, blessed are the freaks
Blessed are the losers, ’cause we’re all of us unique
It’s not good for your sanity, it’s not good for your health
When you set out to destroy the things
That remind you of yourself
‘Cause when you’ve finished changing everything that you’re about
You’ll find yourself no different to how you started out

Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody (else)
Everybody wants to be somebody
Nobody wants to be a nobody
But I wouldn’t want to be nobody else.

credits

from Songs From The Age Of Human Error, released November 7, 2015
Words and music by Kerry Jackson-Kay
Performed and produced by Kerry Jackson-Kay
I originally wrote the main hook line for this, “Everybody wants to be somebody (else)”, for a poem called “The Clique” back around 1997.  I found it again in my old notebook around 2011 and developed it into the funk jam that became this song.  
This is  the type of song that benefits from a long gestation period – in between those two years I went from being a pure jazz musician to a goth to a Christian, I adopted  a variety of names and identities  for different projects, explored my gender and sexuality and experienced all manner of social groupings and life experiences, only to find after all that I’m not that much different from when I began, it’s just slightly more in perspective now.
Let go from the get go and just be yourself, whatever that may be.  You are anyway.