Your Obedient Serpent (athelind) wrote,
Your Obedient Serpent
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Song of the Indeterminate Time Period: Fooling Yourself

I play this track a lot, but I don't think I listen to it enough.

It's from the same album as "Man in the Wilderness", posted here a few months back, and in some ways, it can be seen as the "Get Over It" response to the "I'm So Lost and Emo" of that song.








Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)
Performed by Styx
Lyrics by Tommy Shaw
from the album
The Grand Illusion


Relax... Take it easy.

You see the world through your cynical eyes
You're a troubled young man, I can tell
You've got it all in the palm of your hand
But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest

And you're fooling yourself, if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself, if you don't believe it
Why must you be such an angry young man
When your future looks quite bright to me
How can there be such a sinister plan
That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it

Get up! Get up! Get back on your feet!
You're the one they can't beat, and you know it!
Come on! Come on! Let's see what you've got!
Just take your best shot, and don't blow it!


You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it
You're killing yourself if you don't believe it

Get up! Get up! Get back on your feet!
You're the one they can't beat, and you know it!
Come on! Come on! Let's see what you've got!
Just take your best shot, and don't blow it!




They played this song on KUFX this morning. Greg Kihn and his sidekick du jour had a brief exchange about the closing guitar riff, and how it seemed too cheerful and happy for a song subtitled "The Angry Young Man".

I listen to Kihn for his Old Rocker stories, not for his profound insights.

To me, that swirling guitar fugue encapsulates all the potential, possibility, truth, beauty, and whatever that surrounds the Angry Young Man. It's all the stuff that we miss—that I miss—when we're wrapped up in being the Man in the Wilderness.

Yeah, The Grand Illusion came out when I was 13. I'm just like anyone else: my High School Soundtrack is the Music of My Life.


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