Singled Out: Stand Up And Say No's Can You Feel
"My wife and I were driving back from a well-deserved romantic weekend in Quebec city. We usually work on the back story for my songs together. It's probably because I get so involved in the music that I need her help to see what images the song brings to mind. It's also great fun when you have a 5 hour drive.
The images she had where of a plane or bird mostly because of the bridge section; it has a taking off feel to it. I on the other hand was thinking of the Flaming Lips "Race for the prize", that happy sad vibe… We debated and argued and finally we came up with this image of this man atop a skyscraper looking down at the streets below and noticing that people where living their lives unaffected by his own.
A few days later I sat down and wrote the lyrics keeping those images in mind. What surfaced was a lyric about a man who's tired of climbing the greasy pole and who's success came at great expense. He's basically having some sort of breakdown.
The chorus "Can you feel what I feel, can you tell what's real", for me, sums up the hole vibe of the back story. I've always strived not to become that man; to be creative and not competitive. Honestly, it doesn't always work out."