The Offhand Band - All Over

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A story song moving through four kinds of happiness about death. Someone is happy when a hated influence dies. Later, he does similar things to others and, feeling guilty, wishes for greater happiness through suicide than he's experiencing in life. Finally, he realizes that the only real way out is to break the cycle, with ego death leading to a happy life of good things for himself and others, and, through that, to embracing death after a life well lived. With musical and lyrical inspiration that draws out the notion of finding one's source back where we once belonged. More on the making of the song: theoffhandband.com/2011/06/all-over/?postTabs=1

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Jo Jo was a man
Who had a best laid plan
Such amazing things he could become
Alas, there was a lady
Power mad and so shady
And she kept him down right under her thumb

When she failed to duck
A sanitation truck
Ding dong! She was finally gone
Without that witch Loretta
Jo Jo knew he'd be better
Off he went to turn his happy life on

All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally just be
All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally be free

Found a gal named Sal
To boost his own morale
What she'd do for him, there was no end
He headed for the top
It seemed he just could not stop
But not only Jo Jo needed a friend

Stumbled on her cries
He saw it in her eyes
How he'd take but he hardly would give
He saw what he'd become
He kept her under his thumb
He wondered, was he still deserving to live?

All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally just be
All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally be free

To leave her like that
Would just be one more selfish thing
He had no right
But if he stayed 'round
To make it up, that just might bring
Him to the light

From that very day
The two would find a way
To be giving as good as they'd get
Yeah, Sal and good ol' Jo Jo
Found the way to their mojo
Was to live a life they wouldn't regret

Even at the end
They still could both depend
On each other to see it all through
The worse as well as better
They forgave even Loretta
And when they were gone, the two of them knew

All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally just be
All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally be free

All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally just be
All over
All over
When it's over, you can finally be free

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from SpinTunes #3: Round 1, released June 21, 2011

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