AHA! A House for Arts

S6 E12 | CLIP

AHA! 612 | TJ Foster: "The Background"

Singer/songwriter TJ Foster performs "The Background".

AIRED: September 09, 2020 | 0:04:12
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TRANSCRIPT

- All right, this song is called The Background.

It's told from the perspective of

a guy who doesn't really recognize his country anymore.

Here we go.

(upbeat guitar tune)

♪ I don't want someone to tell me how to live, son ♪

♪ I got a hole inside my heart the size of June ♪

♪ I wanna live inside the barricades ♪

♪ Of a summer-of-love holiday ♪

♪ But I know that wouldn't feel the same ♪

♪ I don't want someone to pick apart my misses ♪

♪ I wanna talk to strangers like we're the closest friends ♪

♪ Oh, I'm tired of always being ♪

♪ The smartest guy in every room ♪

♪ I guess that will never change ♪

♪ Don't you put me in the background ♪

♪ Don't you leave me in the fog ♪

♪ Haven't we already done this ♪

♪ I remember back in '41 ♪

♪ We were sleeping at the wheel ♪

♪ And now the wheels are turning ♪

♪ I don't want someone to tell me how to speak, son ♪

♪ If I'm afraid to say my peace then we're at war ♪

♪ Now you can look me in my tired eyes ♪

♪ You can sing me another lullaby ♪

♪ I know that wouldn't change a thing ♪

♪ Oh I thought these things were supposed to kill fascists ♪

♪ I remember well the days when that was true ♪

♪ I don't need your foot upon my throat ♪

♪ To tell me what I already know ♪

♪ Some people ain't ever gonna change ♪

♪ And don't you put me in the background ♪

♪ Oh, don't you leave me in the fog ♪

♪ Haven't we already done this ♪

♪ I remember back in '41 ♪

♪ We were sleeping at the wheel ♪

♪ And now the wheels are turning ♪

♪ Wheels are turning ♪

♪ Wheels are turning ♪

♪ Wheels are turning ♪

♪ Mm ♪

(upbeat guitar tune)

♪ These old haunts are coming apart ♪

♪ These old lies are coming apart ♪

♪ This old faith is coming apart ♪

♪ This old brain is coming apart ♪

♪ And these old haunts are coming apart ♪

♪ And these old lies are coming apart ♪

♪ This old faith is coming apart ♪

♪ This old brain is coming apart ♪

♪ And these old haunts are coming apart ♪

♪ And these old lies are coming apart ♪

♪ This old faith is coming apart ♪

♪ This old brain is coming apart ♪

♪ These old haunts are coming apart ♪

♪ These old lies are coming apart ♪

♪ This old faith is coming apart ♪

♪ And this old brain, whoo ♪

(upbeat guitar tune)

♪ I don't want someone to tell me how to live, son ♪

♪ I've got a hole inside my heart the size of you ♪

♪ And when I look around at my hometown ♪

♪ I wanna burn this whole thing to the ground ♪

♪ I fear nothing's gonna change ♪

♪ Yeah, nothing's ever gonna be the same ♪

♪ Nothing's ever gonna be the same ♪

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