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Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

Manufactured In America | Hapiness Is A Side Effect Of Meaning

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I find like, I have some beliefs that are too inflammatory to even discuss
Unfortunately

[Chorus]
Because there are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head
Because there are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head

But mostly I find all these things ridiculous
First of all, I hate that we force people into identifying themselves by little, tiny, uh...
Because we oppress people we further oppress them by forcing them to identify themselves as
What I consider less than human
So if someone says, "I am proud to be Black." I go, that's too bad for that guy 'cause it's a retarded thing to be proud of
We see it with White power, if someone says, I'm proud to be White we see how ridiculous that sounds
But we don't see it when a person says because they've been oppressed I'm proud to be Black
But it is ridiculous, we've pushed them into a corner where now they're going to spend their whole life identifying themselves
By the pigment of their skin
Which is a sad waste of life
Or if you say, "I'm proud to be gay. That's what I am and that's how I'll live my life."
Oh boy, you're really limiting yourself there and it's too bad and I know you've been forced into it
By being pushed down and oppressed, but it's still very, very sad
And I don't think of myself as Canadian
And I think it's a terrible thing to say you're proud to be a Canadian or proud to be an American
All that stuff is nonsense
You may as well be proud to have lungs
You didn't accomplish nothing
You were just born somewhere or, you know, you were just born with a skin that's a certain color
Or born with a sexual attraction to a certain type of person. That stuff's all
It's all just little, miniature things in life that are so unimportant
And when people try to tell me that God is not important
But that this nonsense is important
I couldn't disagree more

[Chorus]
Because there are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head
Because there are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head

[Outro]
There are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head
There are certain things in society, that you're not allowed to believe
Or speak publicly
And so I'll just never say them
And I'll just leave them in my little head
I've been free to do whatever I want
To make the shows I want anywhere I want with whom I want
In any style I want
So I, at first I don't know any other way
And by now I won't have it any other way
Life is good
Why settle for less?

Be open to experience
Be willing to try new things
Don't have a rigid plan except random acts of hospitality without judgment or fear
Don't be afraid to wander
Don't be afraid to eat a bad meal
You know, if you don't risk the bad meal you'll never get the magical one
But I think most important

[Chorus]
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful
Be humble, be grateful

Before I started traveling I thought that the human race as a whole will turn on itself at any moment, you know, venal, petty, cruel, arbitrarian
And it's true that all of those things exist in this world, but
I meet mostly pretty nice people
Doing the best they can, often under very, very difficult conditions
I met a lot of very nice people who've done very, very bad things that conflict with my deeply-held conceptions of justice and sexual equality or acceptable practice or religious views
There are a lot of gray areas in travel
But I think that on balance the world is filled with people doing the best they can, you know?
The best they can, you know?

[Chorus]
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful
Be humble, be grateful, be humble, be grateful

I've been fired many times during my cooking career
I was not a particularly good chef
I had a lot of problems at various parts of my career with narcotics
You know, I accepted failure as a chef because I was at various times a bad chef
And even a bad person
These days if I fail it's because I try to do something and did not succeed
Or I just was just was not able to do what I hoped to do or wanted to do
But I would much rather that
I would much rather fail gloriously than
Not try
I’m not interested in telling stories with competence
I’m looking at telling 'em with some style and originality and some creativity
One thing I wanted to say is, um...
One thing I wanted to say is, um...
Don't be fooled by the internet
Don't be fooled by the internet
It's cool, it's cool to get on the computer
But don't let the computer get on you
It's cool, it's cool to use the computer
Don't let the computer use you, y'all saw "The Matrix."
Y'all saw "The Matrix."

[Chorus]
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul

[Instrumental Bridge]

[Chorus]
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
There's a war going on
The battlefield's in the mind, and the prize is the soul
The prize is the soul
The prize is the soul

So, be careful
Be careful
Be careful
Be careful
Um, I was talking about that this weekend, thinking a lot about it
I think the two basic types of music indigenous to this country are
Um, the Black music blues
And the kind of folk music that was brought over from Europe
And I guess they call it country music or the kind of West Virginia high and lonesome sound
Those are the two mainstreams of the root American music
It looks like, uh 10 years ago what they call rock 'n' roll was kind of a blending of those two forms
Uh... I guess what's happening now is rock is kind of dying out
And everyone's going back to their roots again
Some are going back into country and some are going back into basic blues
I guess in four or five years the new generation's music will be, it'll have a synthesis of those two elements and some third thing
Some third thing
Maybe it will be, uh… it might rely heavily on electronics, tapes
I can kind of envision
I can, I can kind of envision, maybe, uh

One person with a lot of machines
One person with a lot of machines
One, one person with a lot of machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
One person with a lot of machines
One person with a lot of machines
One, one person with a lot of machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Tapes or electronic set ups, uh
Using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines

[Instrumental Bridge]

Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Using machines
Singing or speaking and using machines
Using machines
I was just thinking that Jocko's kind of…
A lot of people can be real father figures for me
I have such a desperation for that energy and that connection in my life that I will latch on to people or put them in a place where
Oh, I gotta tell you this
So, I saw my dad in a dream
When I was in Hawaii or in Maui
Sorry, when I was in Maui
And it was really crazy 'cause I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
You know, and I had an adult vision and I saw him
You know, and I saw him and it was crazy, we were at a..., it was kind of confusing
It was a dream, you know?
And Robert De Niro was there and Matthew McConaughey was there
And we were in Maui
My dad was in one room eating at a table and Matthew McConaughey and Robert De Niro were in another room
And my dad wanted to come and meet Matthew McConaughey, but he didn't want to meet Robert De Niro
And so I was trying to, like, mediate between the two of 'em
And finally my dad and Matthew McConaughey got to meet each other, which doesn't mean anything, but it was just interesting to see my father. I hadn't seen him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

You know, I'd seen him in pictures and I'd seen him in just, you know, imagination what, what his
What he looked like or something, but I hadn't seen him really
And it made me think that my dad lives in Hawaii or something, you know?
Like I was like, oh, is this where he's been?
And it made me think, well of course this is where he's been
This is where I would be
It is stunning but yeah, I got to see my dad, man, I got to see him, it was
I just didn't know
I just didn't know
I didn't know that he's been in Hawaii or been, you know, that he's been there
And he was healthy
He was healthier looking than I'd ever seen him in my whole life, that's what's wild
He was kind of thicker, he been eating
His hair was darker
And um, he was laughing, man, he was laughing
He was kind of being cool
Kinda a little bit play it cool or be cool I guess, I don't know
I mean, he, you know
I mean, he lives in that world in the subconscious or in dream world, so, you know
I have no idea what his life is like there
He may drive a Corvette, I don't know, I didn't see
You know, the parking lot or anything like that
I just saw just him

[Chorus]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

[Chorus by Akira The Don]
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision
I saw my dad in a dream
I saw my dad in a dream
I hadn't seen him in 20 years
Even in a vision

And man, right when I got up
I've just been on this kick where I've just been trying to stay more motivated and like
When it's time to get up it's time to get up
And I need to do things, and I want to have more experiences in my life
You know, recently I've just been realizing, like, I do a lot of stuff but it's a lot of the same things
And I'm not really having a lot of new experiences
And so I want to have a little bit more of that
Man, I wish I'da just laid back down and try to go right back and see him
You know, wherever he was, but it's just so funny, man
I've slept in, you know, in the past 20 years I've probably fallen asleep in 42 states
In 15 or 20 or 30 uh, I don't know, countries
And not once did I see my father and then bam
I'm in Maui and there he is

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