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F. Go With The Flow

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Lyrics

Go With The Flow


[Chaos Intro - optional]


Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!


Like the man said to his friend in the park,

"You've got to Fit It."

Like the tree sings through the next of the lark;

You've got to Fit It.

Like a train signal ahead in the dark...

You've got to Fit It.

Like a brain signal treading the mark:

You've got to Fit It.


Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!


All I can do is just go with the flow,

And go with the flow

And go with the flow

And go with the flow

And go with the flow wah aii [as if being swept away]


Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!

Rock heavy!

Go with the Action.

Go with the Flow!


Like the man said to his friend in the park,

"You've got to Fit It."

Like the tree sings through the next of the lark;

You've got to Fit It.

Like a train signal ahead in the dark...

You've got to Fit It.

Like a brain signal treading the mark:

You've got to Fit It.


Storyline Notes

Reeling from the long sleepless night before, Dax decides to make his way directly from the obscure (but very fun) night club to the place of his daily work ritual. On the way there, he cringes as the rays of the rising sun penetrate his eyes and seemingly his very soul.  Each step seems to take him closer and closer to an inevitable yet underwhelming fate.


[Scene: The desolate world of the 'data hub' - a seemingly eternal maze of tiny compartmentalized 'cubicles' where intrinsically pointless and empty tasks are performed with almost ritualistic fervor.]


Shortly after he arrives and tries to get re-acclimated to his work environment at the data hub, a co-worker abruptly approaches him.  The man introduces himself as Crane. Dax feels that he has never before seen Crane at work, but is certain he has seen him somewhere.  Perhaps it was at the Pulsetron, perhaps the rebel base, or maybe just walking down the streets.  After a little small talk, the co-worker senses that Dax is feeling a bit off.  So to cheer him up, Crane launches into a semi-amusing tirade about how the key to everything is to just let go, and 'Go with the flow'.


[Check out song lyrics at this point]


'Going with the flow' can mean just being at one with the moment, or perhaps can mean something much deeper to some.  Some believe we can enter a 'flow state' it seems.  


Dax actually appreciates Crane's pep talk and the welcome diversion from monotony it brings. "Well, it can't hurt to try it," Dax states without emotion. 


That day, Dax tries to apply this almost meditative state of mind to his daily work routine.  He finds himself slipping in and out of the flow state - from contentment to frustration and back again.  Indeed, Dax realizes that he could be more at peace with himself if he could simply train his mind to focus contentedly on the moment.   Dax seems to master this capability quickly and 'flows' quite well for hours at a time.   When he would slip out of the contented mindset momentarily - he would find himself questioning again.  But not as much as before.  And now he could find himself questioning why he questions things so much in the first place. Hmmm.? 


Dax ponders, "Why do I have no clear commitment to any particular goal or solution?  And, why does life need a solution anyway?  And why am allowing myself to be torn apart by conflicted thoughts?  Am I not worth more than that?"  


Maybe he has been his own worst enemy, and perhaps everything is OK if you just look at things the right way.  Why do all things which initially seem bright also later seem to have their darker and murkier side?  The pros are often nearly balanced out by the cons.  Perhaps the answer is to just let go, and go with the ebb and flow of day to day life.


He went on for several days like this - avoiding the conflicting thoughts and mindsets that were pulling him into further discontentment. And clearly, his ability to focus went up while his stress levels went down.  At times he felt there was perhaps a deeper state that could be reached by these practices. To Dax this was almost like an altered state of existence.  


Eventually, he even began to seek out old forbidden documents on topics of 'meditation' and 'mindfulness'.  There he even began to discover some very ancient teachings that had focused on our inner state as opposed to the external.  Some of these banned dissertations were 'scientific' in origin, while others were 'religious'.


But at some times even the act of 'going with the flow' seemed to have it's own downside.  It felt at times as if he were being swept away - out of control almost. Like a person in a play, merely acting out a part.  A part that he had no role in choosing, but could only play out and perhaps react to inwardly. And at times he felt as if he was becoming like a herd animal, a mere 'sheeple' - just going through the motions of an existence that could have possibly been so much more.


But in one way of thinking, whatever we do in the now - which is a combination of our external and internal realities - we are in one way or another 'going with the flow'.  No matter how you slice it.  You may choose to feel at one with it, or at odds with it, but you are part of it either way.


Time passes...


Credits

Words and Music by David Denton
All Instruments and vocals performed by David Denton
Recorded and Produced by David Denton 

Commentary - Technical Notes

Another odd tune, I must admit.   This one sounds frantic, as it coaches us to be content.  Despite the roaring commotion of life (the music), we are to be focused with content awareness.  In tune, with the moment, our surroundings, and with our times. To run alongside our peergroups and gladly do whatever they do.  To accept the 'grind' of whatever work life assigns to us with a positive and unflinching state of mind.


This philosophy (like many of the others) is a very real solution for many people, and again like the other ideals considered by Dax in 'All Systems Go'; I am not knocking it nor supporting it fully.  In my own personal life, I do have a very (over) active mind - so learning HOW to 'go with the flow' was an important step forward for me. I think it comes natural to some, but for me it was a learned behavior.  Fitting in, is also sometimes important, as is recognizing that often we are part of a bigger reality that is on some level always beyond our control.


I think that moderation can again apply - as we do want to be able to have contentment in life and enough focus to apply to our carefully decided goals and ambitions (be they large or small).  However, I think one must guard against the strictest form of complacency - or at worst going with a flow that is not congruent with ones own inner dreams, feelings or core values.


Musically, the song is supposed to sound somewhat chaotics (especially the verses) with the nearly chromatic running bass lines backed against the strident electric guitar lashes.


In the middle we hear me being 'swept away' by everything.  Kinda funny in hindsight I guess.


I also did a version where I dropped the intro since some people don't have the patience for long (or short) instrumentals. I know some people who will tune out if they don't hear words in the first 30 seconds.  The whole music 'industry' used to preach this along with 'short songs' and 'keep everything simple'.  Coincidentally, the music on 'All Systems Go' is some of my simpler music - but most of it is still does not fall neatly between the lines defined by the big label A&R departments.


So maybe my doing a short 'no intro' version of this song was another attempt to 'Go With The Flow'.  In the end, I think it will scarcely matter either way ... and that's 'OK'.

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