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The Bigger Picture - A problem with the lyric

  • The Bigger Picture - A problem with the lyric
    October 23, 2013 - 9:19am

    I hate to say something is wrong with a song from these awesome guys, but there's something that has been bothering me... yeah OCD is getting to me.

    Part of the lyrics to A Bigger Picture - at least on the album from google play music - now hear me out, I'm just going on what is literally there, I know all of this figurative.

    You look but cannot see
    Talk but never speak
    You live but cannot breathe
    See but don’t believe

    That third line bothers me. I'll leave out the fact that the fourth line says "(you) see" after the first one said "(you) cannot see"

    I think that third line should be "You breathe but cannot live" and it still rhymes with the fourth line.
    Personally I think that makes more sense. but all in all it's an incredible song to which I've listened so many times already that I keep noticing that over and over again.

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Aedisxas's picture
on October 23, 2013 - 9:19am

I hate to say something is wrong with a song from these awesome guys, but there's something that has been bothering me... yeah OCD is getting to me.

Part of the lyrics to A Bigger Picture - at least on the album from google play music - now hear me out, I'm just going on what is literally there, I know all of this figurative.

You look but cannot see
Talk but never speak
You live but cannot breathe
See but don’t believe

That third line bothers me. I'll leave out the fact that the fourth line says "(you) see" after the first one said "(you) cannot see"

I think that third line should be "You breathe but cannot live" and it still rhymes with the fourth line.
Personally I think that makes more sense. but all in all it's an incredible song to which I've listened so many times already that I keep noticing that over and over again.

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AKexpress's picture

Hmmm, I don't know about that. Part A is the basic function (Look, Talk, Live, See) to Part B's specific element associated with that function.

The song is also addressing a multitude who don't see the bigger picture, not just a single being (...I listen to the stories of resentment and disdain...). Some look but cannot see, while some see but don't believe.

There's no shame in OCD. I hope you can get past your misconceptions, because it's such a great song.

Aedisxas's picture

That actually makes a lot of sense, I guess I wasn't looking far enough into the words. You just fixed that up for me! Thanks.