One

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Written by Ric Albano Song Length: 5:47
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Lyrics
Take a totally rational, complex super-organism
Reduce its pure essence to a 2-dimensional box
You’re black man, you’re white man, you – we’ll need to get back to
Once we have determined
The appropriate lines around you which we must draw
Then you’ll know who you really are

We cheer “diversity” but actually champion disparity
Thin surface reveals us all, deeper inner core irrelevant
Do you know who you really are?
Once we’ve anointed you
Any further insight from you will be superfluous and ignored

Take an honest, emotional, simple, young human person kind
The kind the intelligentsia tend to love to scorn and mock
For being mad for being had or for simply being consistent
Unlike their own trend-o’-the-week,
Nuanced, metro-sexual, cultured daughters and sons
But aren’t we all the One?

If there are two then there must be 6 billion
Composed of fools, heroes, artists, dregs, and villains
Aren’t we all the One?
Once we acknowledge this
Any further false divisions will be gratuitous and absurd

We are all the One!
If there are two then it must be logical that there are infinite
Island universes, loosely coupled but self-determinate
Do we know who we really are?
Do you know who you really are?

You, who have seen years of hardship and days of easy living
Who have felt nights of warm love and spells of cold un-forgiveness
So how can I tell you who you are?
I do acknowledge the noble intent
But I must reject the method unreservedly

Composition © 2004 Ric Albano
Publication © 2005, 2009, 2011 Cygnus Wave Music

Song Info
Composed on August 3, 2004
Recorded starting on May 9, 2005
at Saturation Acres, Danville, PA
Produced by Ric Albano
Engineered by Paul Smith
Mixed and Mastered in 2005
at Silver Spring Subterranean
Original Release: October 10, 2005
on Imaginary Lines I
This Release: September 9, 2009
on Imaginary Lines 33

Performers
Ric Albano
Piano, Keyboards, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bret Alexander
Electric Guitars
Ron Simasek
Drums and Percussion

Listener Guide
Grade

Analysis: The vocals flirt with the extreme upper range of Albano’s early work, but the calm, jazzy music and strategic drum, percussion, and synth accents ground this song as an interesting jam.

Song Trivia
The original title of this song was “Imaginary Lines” and it was the theme around a concept album (that never materialized) was planned. When the overall project was given that title, this songs name was changed – first to “Soliquoy” and then finally to “One”.

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