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There are plenty of songs about being on top of the world, being in the right place at the right time, and having things fall into place.
I wanted a dance song about the frustrations of swimming against the current, how it feels when you realize you've been trying for something that you're not supposed to have. Originally inspired from Peter Gabriel and Angra melodies, the Plan has evolved a lot over the years...

Stats:
Song name: The Plan
Written by: Barry Craig, 2008
Performances on this recording: Barry, Josh, Joey & Talljoe
Last updated: Added some Talljoe's keys to the bridge November 2012. Some new key parts and vocals, September 2012. Added Joey and a new guitar solo, October 2011. A new arrangement, mixdown and chorus created by Barry in August, 2011.
 
Lyrics:
Faith, scrye what's in me. Fate, scrye what's in me. I hate this life you're looking for. I hate this pride you're pushing for. Look beyond your parasol and stare into the sky that's open, dark. Peel the flesh upon your skin away and you reveal the burning fire. Caught and spun around. A headless torso, with inhibitions. Another stupid motherfucker in the plan. A limit set, for every man: the Plan. Fate, scrye what's in me. Fate scrye what's in me. I hate this pride you're looking for. I hate these crimes you're pushing for. What good does it do to push myself when everything is set in stone? A momentary sense of pushing harder, getting higher, and then... fall. Caught and spun around. A headless torso, with inhibitions. Another stupid motherfucker in the plan. A limit set, for every man: the Plan. Intensions crash, into century's gate. A fossil in the pavement saved. I tend to scratch, at the sense of grace. The remnants of my intentions saved. And science kills the diety. Umbrella children in denial. Lovers pound away their deepest fears. And in the darkness, I am feeling caught and spun around. A headless torso, with inhibitions. Another stupid motherfucker in the plan. A limit set, for every man: the Plan. The Plan.
 
Insights and Interpretations:
From Barry, 2010: Similar in concept to another Obol song Clockwork which also deals with the frustration of being a pawn in a bigger design, The Plan asks, "What's the point of free will if you're just going to get punished for trying to swim against the current?" What lengths would you go to achieve something you want, even if all the signs keep pulling you in another direction?
 
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