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I Want to be a Musician and I Probably Won’t be Successful

Go Go Racer

Trent Steinberg

 

Lyrics

I’ve been missing for a day

Got the breeze in my hair and I’m more than ok

Now the papers know my name

Ain’t that right dear

Well my pockets smell like gold

So stuck on my hand is the cigarette smoke

That’s never getting old

Ain’t that right dear

Don’t worry ’bout the wasted time

Back of my head going 75

Hello Mr. Racer

I’m just running to the end of the night like the end of the

Don’t worry ’bout the wasted time

All green but no trees to keep us alive

So bye bye Mr. Racer

You’re just running to the end of the night

Well my image went to waste

Along with the others, accomplices framed

Like pictures on a wall

Ain’t that right dear

Well the summer had its fall

Burnt leaves of autumn

My power turned off

But I’m still waiting for your call

I’ve gone color blind

I’m hear all the time and I’m never

So hold my hand cause I’m far too gone

I’ve been running slow

And I’m only getting older

And I wanna hold you closer

So I’m running back

(Oh, I’m Coming Home) 2x

I’m coming to you now darling to you

I’ve been saving all my money for a year

But I’m coming to you now

So hold my hand cause I’m far too gone

I’ve been running slow

And I’m only getting older

And I wanna hold you closer

So I’m running back

Don’t worry ’bout the wasted time

Back of my head going 75

Hello Mr. Racer

I’m just running to the end of the night like the end of the

Don’t worry ’bout the wasted time

All green but no trees to keep us alive

So bye bye Mr. Racer

You’re just running to the end of the night

Go go racer

Someone’s gonna chase you down the ninth

Oh I’m running to the end of your show babe

Go go racer

Someone’s gonna chase you down the line

Well I’m running running oh now

What it’s about

The song is about a teenager who runs away from home to pursue his dreams. At first, the rush of freedom is almost blinding, but as time goes on he starts to question wether or not he made the right decision. Eventually, he decides that he made the wrong decision, and saves up enough money to go back home. However, once he is back home, he starts to question wether giving up on his dreams was really something he could live with. Then, the cycle repeats. He runs away again to pursue his dreams, hence the song ending in “Well I’m running running…”

How does this song advocate for change in my community?

Choosing a career is nearly impossible. The idea of choosing something that you’re going to do for the rest of your life is terrifying, and there’s no easy way to go about it. As the video “To find work you love, don’t follow you passion” states, our generation has been taught to “follow your passion.” This song explores both the bright side and the dark side of following your passion. All in all, following your passion is a confusing mess and so is the song. As a result, there’s no real song structure because the song itself represents a moral dilemma.

How do you know if you’re right? That’s the question that I keep coming back to. I put an absurd amount of time into my music because I do love it. At the same time, there’s also an extremely high probability that this won’t work out for me. I guess the question I’m trying to ask is: Is it justifiable to pursue something just because it’s your passion? Because in my case, I probably won’t be successful. And then what? Did I not just waste an amazing education because I wanted to “follow my passion”. Did I not just let hundreds -or possibly thousands – of people down that I could’ve helped by doing something more meaningful, yet less idealistic, rather than only thinking about my aspirations. Or on the contrary, would simply giving up my dream at the thought of it not working out seem a little too robotic?

I don’t have answers to any of these questions, which is why I wrote the song in the first place, but I hope this presentation encourages you to think about how people are choosing their careers, and how you are going to choose yours.

 

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COMMENTS: 7
  1. April 26, 2018 by Caroline DeBloom

    This song and it’s message is brilliant. I am so so impressed!

  2. April 27, 2018 by brendan.gill

    I didn’t know what the song was about until reading your presentation, and the anxiety of taking those first steps toward making our dreams real is important to process and share with others.

    I have friends who are really talented and found success many, many years down their path. It totally proves the age old wisdom of just sticking to it.

  3. April 27, 2018 by Jo Ann Chai

    This song is amazing! I love your voice and you have so much talent. I hope success comes your way!

  4. April 27, 2018 by Ian Covel

    As a young musician gradually learning the job hazards, pitfalls, and blessings of being in the industry, I felt very connected to the internal argument you had and the way you tried to work through it using your passion. We’re members of a generation that knows nothing but a technology-augmented music industry, as well as the product of a generation with the least credence in the concept of the American Dream. As a result, we’re experiencing a cutthroat industry that has largely evolved to make survival that much more difficult for musicians. It’s nice to see that there are other members of my age group out there discontented with similar issues. Keep fighting for what you believe.

  5. April 30, 2018 by Carlyle Rollins

    Wow your song is so good!! you have a really cool voice!

  6. May 04, 2018 by Eleanor

    Your song is amazing. The vocals, the instrumental part, the harmonies all work together perfectly! I hope you do become a musician.

  7. May 05, 2018 by Kristian.Brooks

    Such a powerful and inspirational song! I love how you build it up with the instruments in support. Your voice captures the message really well!!

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