Something to believe

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"Good simple power pop. And when power pop is good, there is not much more to be said." -- DC Rock Live

2009-2010, Lusaka, Dulles and over the Atlantic.

Rhea Kennedy called this rock-pop song “an anthem for the occupy generation.” The verses explore an adult sense of disenchantment, and the recognition that precisely what we should believe is not obvious. I like the low frequency synth answers to the “Something to Believe” refrain. One of the guitar amplifiers used in this song was built by Brooks Harlan; the partner of singer Shawna Potter. It's called the “Screaming Baby.”

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When we wake up as fragments in some cubist painter’s mind
And form & function fail and no purpose to our lines.
Maybe we won’t find faith, maybe we won’t find God
Maybe we won’t find beauty or a particular cause.

Still we need – something to believe.
And we need – something to believe.

We sleep & sleep for we believe the pictures in our heads
Might be the only peace we’ll find in lands of cardboard lids.*
Maybe we won’t find truth, maybe we won’t find love
Maybe we won’t find duty -- not in Bentham or in Kant.

Still we need – something to believe.
And we need….

We’re fragments now, finally breaking out, out loud.
The logic lost comes ‘round.

Living without faith, we are unafraid
And there is still a purpose in the gray.
If there’s no design, no function to our lines
There is still a purpose to our times.
Let us write a purpose to these lines.
There will be a purpose to our times

Still we need – something to believe.
And we need – something to believe.
And we need…

*This verse adapted from “River”, a poem by
Rachel Lewis.

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from A ring around the Atlantic, released December 1, 2011

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Peter Maybarduk Washington, D.C.

Peter Maybarduk is a Washington, D.C.-based songwriter and a human rights lawyer with Public Citizen.

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