Dan Kaplan/Magnolia

Dan Kaplan/Magnolia

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Rock - Modern | Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Total Song Plays: 139   
Member Since: 2013
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   Sounds Like: Ryan Adams, Coldplay

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Song Description

"Balancing Act" is an upbeat contemporary folk song complete with a meandering bass line and pedal steel about the delicate balance between accepting life as it comes, and our ability to steer it on a new course - a song of will, and how there's always a possibility to change direction.

Story Behind the Song

I wrote "Balancing Act" in a converted barn in Vermont a month before I was getting married. The closer I got to my wedding day, though, the more removed I felt from it, and the more I became unsure of whether or not it was the right thing to do. Ultimately, it ended up being the wrong decision to go through with it, but even still, I wouldn't change a thing. Sometimes, those mistakes are the ones that teach us the most about ourselves and the people we're closest too.

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Lyrics

So many times, I've spent wishing on the stars in the sky
And thinking how this candlelit moon just seems to loom over us

But all I've found is every light just flickers out
And either way that you spin, there's no way to win or lose

So if this is all there is, nothing more nothing less
There must be something up ahead waiting for me
Sweet elegy, elegy

I'll dive straight in, to the shallow end
To prove the shadow I cast will get there faster than me

And where I land, is just a part of a balancing act
I won't keep playing along like a marionette on a string

So if this is all there is, nothing more nothing less
There must be something up ahead waiting for me
Sweet elegy, elegy

This sure as hell ain't gonna be
The last you hear from me
So you might as well keep telling yourself
There's a reason for everything

And if this is all there is, nothing more nothing less
There must be something up ahead waiting for me
And if every chance I ever get is just some accident
Well I ain't gonna let it get the best of me
Sweet elegy, elegy sweet elegy, sweet elegy

Song Length
3:28
Genres
Folk - Contemporary, Folk - Americana
Lead Vocal
Male Vocal
Moods
Content, Jovial

Subject Matter
Change, Will

Similar Artists
Wilco, Fleet Foxes
Language
English
Era
2000 and later

Lyric Credits Dan Kaplan
Music Credits Dan Kaplan: Vocals, Guitars, Brain Roelofs: Harmonies, Bass: Matt Gilmartin, Electric Guitar: Gregg Leonard, Pedal Steel:
Producer Credits Dan Kaplan/Gregg Leonard
Publisher Credits Dan Kaplan Music
Performance Credits Dan Kaplan
Label Credits Folkus Records