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Jack Johnson – All At Once lyrics

All at once,
The world can overwhelm me
There's almost nothing that you could tell me
That could ease my mind

Which way will you run
When it's always all around you
And the feelin' lost and found you again
A feelin' that we have no control

Around the sun
Some say it's going to be the new hell
Some say it's still too early to tell
Some say it really ain't no myth at all

We keep asking ourselves
Are we really strong enough?
There's so many things
That we got too proud of
We're too proud of
We're too proud of

I wanna take the preconceived
Out from underneath your feet
We could shake it off
And instead we'll plant some seeds
We'll watch them as they grow
And with each new beat
From your heart the roots grow deeper
The branches, well they reach for what?

Nobody really knows
But underneath it all
There's this heart all alone
What about when it's gone?
It really won't be so long
Sometimes it feels like a heart
Is no place to be singing from at all

There's a world we've never seen
There's still hope between the dreams
The weight of it all could blow away
With a breeze
But if your waiting on the wind
Don't forget to breathe
Because as the darkness gets deeper
We're sinkin' as we reach for love

At least something we can hold
But I'll reach to you
From where time just can't go
What about when it's gone?
It really won't be so long
Sometimes it feels like a heart
Is no place to be singing from at all



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    This is about the world around us.
    So fucked up and unjust. It causes the suffering that surround us and brings that feeling of sadness and impotence from which we can't escape. And really, it overwhelms me because I feel that I just can't do nothing to make it better. In the last verses jack presents love as maybe the only thing that we can reach out to in order to make us feel better and live trough this dark days.
    I've been meditating a bit about this for a few time before earring to the song and I think I really got what he tries to say this time.
    Please tell me what you think.
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    What I love about this song is that I think it captures Jack Johnson in a very confused and sort of frustrated mind set. His emotions throughout the song seem to be up and down. The thought of "planting seeds, roots grow deep, branches reach" is positive. But what is it all for? What's the point to all this? It seems that he wrote the lyrics to this song during a pretty dark time in his life. Maybe something terrible happened; maybe he lost someone or something close to him. I lost my cousin in a vehicle accident days after I bought this album and the words in this song couldn't have matched my emotions more precisely. Though it's kind of saddening, it is such a real feeling; listening to this song; because it brings such a raw emotion that we seem to live our daily lives generally without. And in that sense it's sort of satisfying. That's my interpretation anyways :).
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    There could be many metaphors for the lyrics to this song, but knowing Jack and his personal commitment to improve the environment, I think this is more literally about the destruction of the Earth. Climate change continues to occur even though some people refuse to believe it. As an individual, even our greatest efforts attempting to reverse this feels overwhelming and at times futile. So in the end, we realize all we know for certain is the present and love.
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    Jack sings to those people who are responsible and accept accountability for their actions; to those who care about the well-being of individuals and humanity worldwide and the environment; to those who are curious and seek confirmation of their purpose; to those who seek opportunity to connect and to make a difference --now or in the future. Jack encourages these people not to get so swept away or so strung out with their lofty goals that they lose themselves. . He reminds [us] to take a breath and appreciate the moment -- a component of which is the experience of a loving relationship.
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    Jack sings to those people who are highly responsible and accept accountability for their actions; to those who care about the well being of individuals and humanity worldwide and the environment; to those who are curious and seek confirmation of their purpose, their opportunity to connect and to make a difference --now or with future. Jack encourages these people not to get so swept away or so strung out with these lofty goals that they lose themselves. He reminds them to take a breath and appreciate the moment.
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