Julian Lennon

Would You

J. Lennon/A. Moore

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Julian Lennon"Blue Nile basically inspired this for me, this song, musically anyway. The chords that were played in Blue Nile and the way they were put together were something that I'd had always done at home…very similar style, very strange bizarre chords that seemed to match and not always go together but I had these chords for years and I said to Anthony Moore…I said, 'Listen I've got these chords and I want to use them but I don't know how or where' and he said, 'Well, I've got these words and I want to use them but I don't know how or where' and I was able to write, record, and finish the song within a day or two. The reason why that lyrically it appealed to me was because at that point in time, I mean, I'd been going through a lot of different emotions and feelings over the past year, year and a half, dealing with this album and relationships and just friends and this and that and lyrically speaking, you know, when I first heard Anthony read this to me, 'Would you rather the feeling of no feeling at all,' you know, the feeling of being numb, it was pretty much how I felt quite often while trying to put this whole thing together and then I considered the fact that wouldn't it be nice to be able to not have pressures in life, to be able to just float through life and although it's simplistic in what it says, it does tell a story of how people think or how things affect you."
- Julian Lennon on "Would You"

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The Lyrics

Would you rather the feeling
Of no feeling at all
A soundless sea that slips toward
The morning shore, where you stand transfixed
Void of emotion, no clue of a notion

Transfixed like a stone
Enthralled by the feeling of no feeling at all

Pushed by my sail
I am moved by the whale
As he floats through life's seas
He seems always at ease
Show me how

Centurions guard the finely-tuned sensors
That tremble at the slightest onset of stirrings
Which switch the dampers to absorb the emotion
And trigger the filter that screens out
Time and passing

Transfixed like a stone
Enthralled by the feeling of no feeling at all

Pushed by my sail
I am moved by the whale
As he floats through life's seas
He seems always at ease
Show me how

What ya gonna do when it hits the fan
Open your mind, make a brand new plan
Do you realize that it's in your head
Wanna understand but refuse instead
If you take a deep breath and inhale
Maybe you can understand the whale
We either comprehend or we seem to fail

Pushed by my sail
I am moved by the whale
As he floats through life's seas
He seems always at ease
Show me how