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Battle Of Someone
Lyrics: John Popper
Music: John Popper

Well I love no one and I don't care who knows
Don't care if you're far away
Don't give a damn if you're close
I'm the vacant distraction of a broken old man
I lack shape or color
Not even gray or even tan
I'd hate all I see but it makes me too tired
I'm much more at home when left uninspired
So damn me to hell and resist if you must
But lower your eyes once and I'll emerge from the dust

For I am nothing
Yes I am nothing
Yes I am nothing
And I love no one

Well I love everyone I am filled with delight
I understand all your feelings I don't see from wrong or right
I'm the look in your eyes when you're telling the truth
I'm the wisdom of age and the beauty of youth
I am shape substance color darkest black palest white
Speckled gold ringing mirror sharp soft and bright
I'm rage passion laughter and the need to know why
Come sample all my riches I'm pure stimuli

For I am everything
Yes I am everything
Yes I am everything
And I love everyone

Well I can only love someone I am just a person
My father loved my mother and I am her son
The preceding verses are the halves of my soul
I'm just the battlefield and that is my role
There's a tug of war between what I can and can't feel
The inevitable compromise determines the real
The equation the reason for my being here
The struggle resulting in my invention of the tear

For I'm only something
Yes I'm only something
Yes I'm only something
And I can only love someone

And it's the best I can do
It's the very best I can do
You're probably someone too
So perhaps I love you
Perhaps you'll love me too
Perhaps you'll love me too
Perhaps you'll love me too
(scat solo)

1997 Blues Traveler Publishing Corporation

First release: Straight On Till Morning
Released: 07/01/1997
Earliest time played: 02/05/1992
Last time played: 05/30/2001
Playing frequency:
  30 plays (see all shows)
  1.61% of shows in the database
  1.86% of shows since debut
  Detailed statistics
Song information:
  John: "It's a battle of someone's soul, a battle between all that you can feel and all that you can't feel. The first verse is about the person...that doesn't feel things; you hate all you see but it makes you too tired."
  Continued: "The second verse is about everything, all that life brings you, all the feelings you can have, all the love you can have, all the rage you can feel, all the laughter..."
  "The third verse, that's the compromise -- I'm only someone, I am just a person, I don't love everyone, but I can love some people. So it's kind of about people compromising between all the connections that life offers you, and the lack of them."
  It is thought to be originally a solo song that John wrote, but no solo shows containing this song are known to be in circulation. At a Wasabi show in 1992, John started singing these words over whatever music was playing at the time.