The Meaning of Words

Story Behind The Song

This song explores the definition of truth and the validity of imposed structure and conformity.

Song Description

"There are quite a few strong points with The Meaning Of Words. The lyrics and their delivery stand out immediately, but the groove and overwhelming intensity it has add an irreplaceable aspect to the song. The production level is also very high and the mix is very good. Nathan Totten has released his new Alternative Rock tune The Meaning Of Words. Opening with an overwhelming intensity, The Meaning Of Words hits hard with a drum-centric beat at a moderate tempo. The groove relies heavily on percussion, but listeners will gravitate to the tune's use of real instruments to fill out the Alternative Rock sound. Sung in harmony, the vocals have a robotic quality that puts focus on the lyrics. While robotic is the choice of words for this reviewer, it should be noted that in no way is this quality a novelty or frill designed to pigeon-hole the tune. The vocals do have a melody-first approach that lends way to an undeniable catchiness in the chorus. But as the listener begins to repeat the questions put forward in the lyrics - What is the meaning of words? there is a colder, analytical lens revealed that gives a deeper understanding. Overall, The Meaning Of Words by Nathan Totten is a very cool new Alternative Rock tune that asks the right questions over a killer groove." -- Radio Airplay

Song Length 3:20 Genre Rock - Alternative, Rock - Alternative
Tempo Medium (111 - 130) Lead Vocal Male Vocal
Subject Conformity, Existence Similar Artists Hopefully none, aiming for original :)
Language English Era 2000 and later

Lyrics

You think it's black, but it's whiter than the snow
You think it's new, but it's old
You think it's high, but it's lower than the low
You think you're free but you do what you're told

But three dimensions may not be enough for you
And I admit an interest in the fourth one, too
So if the sun's cold and the tides control the moon
We can do what we want to do
As long as no one gets hurt
Or is that absurd?
What's the meaning of words?

Are your feet on the earth?
When you breathe, does it hurt?
When your heart beats, are you its prisoner?
What's the meaning of words?

If you think back to when we used to get some snow
You'll want to be young but you'll know that you're old
But if you don't rise when the lower comes from low
You'll still be free to do what you're told

But four dimensions will not be enough for you
And I admit an interest in the fifth one, too
And though we disagree on the forces of the moon
We all do what we want to do
As long as no one gets hurt
Or is that absurd?
What's the meaning of words?

Are your feet on the earth?
When you breathe, does it hurt?
When your heart beats, are you its prisoner?
What's the meaning of words?

Good story...... good arrangement, good vocal, good instruments, all around good....

Great sound , with some delicious harmonies .

Great recording! Everything sounds great!

Really like this - such an original sound and arrangement. The lyrics are brilliantly written and flow nicely, I didn't know what to expect next!

Lyrics Nathan Totten Music Nathan Totten
Publisher Eddie C Life Music Performance Nathan Totten
Label Music of the Sea
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