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Watch Obol's song Zealot

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Right around the time that Obol’s original drummer, Derek, was expecting his first child, I was hard at work on a trio of odd songs, including Zealot. For months, Derek seemed unsure, from a musical perspective, what to do with the new material. Josh Zampino stepped in, a new drummer with roots in Rush and Tool, and Josh took an instant liking to Zealot, and fundamentally changed the band by championing the resulting sound as a new direction for Obol.

Stats:
Song name: Zealot
Written by: Barry Craig, 2008
Performances on this recording: Barry, Josh, Joey & Ryan
Last updated: Some new vocals September 2012. New mix, bassline and lyrics, February, 2012. Recorded some new guitars with Joey in November, 2010.
 
Lyrics:
Try to think about, try to bring about, all the changes within me. Cos there's a-somewhere I'm heading. Yeah. Just devote some time to think. Wrap my sins up far below. Thank whatever God I'm now devoting my life to. I'm a zealot. Unlike you. Oooo, nothing's wrong with me, now. Gone are the calls for the rape inside of you. Oooo, look inside of me, yeah. I'm free! I'm not crackin' up, man. Nothing gets to me, now. Guidance from a book man. No pathology, hell, hell, hell no! Wonder and control gone. Overwhelmingly, ha ha! On a higher path now! Uh huh. So don't distract me with your facts and figures. Search your heart and you will know the beauty within me! It feels so good to be saved. And something feels so right about what daddy taught me. Funny how it works that way. Get the fire within you! Or there's something you'll never feel. Oh! Oooo, nothing's wrong with me, now. Gone are the calls for the rape inside of you. Oooo, God's inside of me, yeah. I'm free! I'm not crackin' up, man. What's become of me, now? Guidance from a book man. No pathology, hell, hell no! Wonder and control gone. Overwhelmingly, ha ha! On a higher path now! On another team!
 
Insights and Interpretations:
From Barry, 2010: Zealot is your basic "I'm vehement for the home team" type song, using whatever vague religion as a metaphor. There's no specific villain in this type of song. It is meant to embody a "yay" feeling for the singer, exploring the indomitable confidence associated with belonging to something... and defining yourself by that thing.
 

 
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