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Featuring the most complicated overlapping of elements in Obol songwriting so far, Opening has become something of a litmus test for potential Obol musicians and listeners. Composed of three songs, On Falling Down, Opening and Closing, this song has been my favorite since the day I finished the arrangement. Not to mention it features my favorite bass line so far.

Stats:
Song name: Opening (My Freakshow)
Written by: Barry Craig, 2009
Performances on this recording: Barry, Josh, Joey, Talljoe, Ashton & Ryan
Last updated: Added Talljoe's keys and Josh's drums September 2012. Some new keys and vocals added October, 2011. Joey's guitars added, March, 2011.
 
Lyrics:
Been falling down. For so long. Standing straight seems unnatural. My knees cave in. My heart's drawn to the pain, now. Is it any wonder? My freakshow, spread out on a bed of clay. You're in it. Give it a minute. My freakshow. This is what I see everyday. Unopened frigid water. Look up when you're down on your knees in prayer. I'm open. Maybe I'm open. Pain for you is pain for me. It's so important that blindness has set in. It takes up airspace so you can't breathe. It moves your soul so you can't take a moment. Delete the inside and ride with me. This is my freakshow, spread out on a bed of clay. Unopened frigid water. Look up when you're down on your knees in prayer. I'm open. Maybe I'm open.
 
Insights and Interpretations:
From Barry, 2010: The Charlie Sheen song. The protagonist in Opening is a little ego-centric, feels sorry for himself a lot, thinking the world revolves around him. He's enlightened, has great perspective on how the world works, and is challenging the status quo that everyone blindly follows. But, sadly, he's let that perspective go to his head. The moment you say, "I've figured it out!" things start to go south.
 
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