Lyric of the Day: It Overtakes Me

It’s just one of those Monday mornings, waking up a bit overwhelmed by the wild, unpredictable roller coaster that is life, a roller coaster that provides many more questions than answers.

And I thought about this Flaming Lips song, It Overtakes Me, from their 2006 album At War With The Mystics.

It’s an amazing piece of music that perfectly reflects my state of mind at the moment. The song starts off with this funky, over-the-top bass line and hand clapping, even something that sounds like a siren, a cacophony of weirdness, a veritable soundtrack for the roller coaster, with the lyrics:

It overtakes me, It overtakes me
It overtakes me… Oh oh oh I
It overtakes me, It Master-Slaves me
It overtakes me… Oh oh oh I

It overtakes me, It overtakes me
It overtakes me… Oh oh oh I
It overtakes me, It Wakes and Bakes me
It overtakes me… Oh oh oh I

And the chorus comes in, suggesting something that, within that cacophonous context, seems almost absurd:

You know that it isn’t real

But then the song seems to stop abruptly, the cacophony is replaced by a soothing chorus of synth, gentle slide guitar, and an angelic choir, and Wayne eases in, with that shaky falsetto of his and the sweetest expression of what it’s like to live with so many questions:

And I’m there
Looking up at the sky
And I’m scared
Thinkin’ ’bout the way that I
Don’t understand
Anything at all
And how it overtakes me
And I am just so small
Do I stand a chance?

No actual video on YouTube, but someone did post the song with just a shot of the album cover:

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