Determinism

from Truth and Fun by EIGHT TWO

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This song took me so long, and however I tried I just could not finish it. I guess you could say the song finished me. Sometimes songs have minds of their own.

In the end, how I finished it was by messing it up, and playing with it like it was a game. One day I was working on it, for the pure weird joy of it, and it told me to leave it alone.

This is a song about free-will and how language is both a prison and a key to freedom. It is also a fun, irreverent bundle of joyful, playful, wackiness that I put my whole heart and soul into.

One question this song asks is, did I have a choice to write this song?

lyrics

DETERMINISM - from "Truth and Fun" by Eight Two

We laugh a lot, we smile at each other
Whoever we meet is sister or brother
We have fun, we get along
We laugh when we're right, and laugh when we're wrong

Did I have a choice to write this song?
Were you predetermined to give it derision?

We laugh a lot, we smile at each other
Whoever we meet is sister or brother
We have fun, we get along
We laugh when we're right, and laugh when we're wrong

Do I have a choice to sing this song?
Are you predetermined to skip it or sing-along?

If there's no free will, how can there be right and wrong?
Does belief in free will change the decision?

The game, the game, the game of words

We laugh along, we smile at each other
Whoever we meet is sister or brother
We have fun, we get along
We laugh when we're right, and laugh when we're wrong

We pout and turn our backs on each other
Whoever we meet is a motherfucker
We're too vain to get along
We laugh when we're right and cheat when we're wrong

I fell in love with fate
But fate broke my heart,
Irreconcilable differences

Fatalists don't take chances!
Fate got the house,
I got the miniature horse and cart

Hey quantum predictor!
I'll break your tomorrow
By being a random man

Take me beyond names, to where we need no definitions
Take me beyond names, to where we need no definition
Take me beyond names, to where we need no definitions
Take me beyond names, to where we need no definition

It's only possible
Because it's happening
Life is unlikely
It's only possible
Because it's happening
Love is unlikely
It's only possible
Because it's happening

We laugh a lot, we smile at each other
Everyone we meet is sister or brother
We have fun, we get along
We laugh when we're right, and laugh when we're wrong

We pout and turn our backs on each other
Whoever we meet is a motherfucker
We're too vain to get along
We laugh when we're right and cheat when we're wrong

We laugh when we're right, and laugh when we're wrong
The game... the game

Do I have a choice to sing this song?
Are you predetermined to skip it or sing-along?

If there's no free will, how can I choose right from wrong?
Does belief in free will change my decision?

The game of words prefers the dead and the name above the thing
The game of words prefers the dead and the name above the thing
The game of words prefers the dead and the name above the thing
The game of words, the game of words

credits

from Truth and Fun, released July 20, 2020
Lyrics and Music by Misha Bittleston
Everything recorded, produced, arranged and performed by Misha Bittleston a.k.a Eight Two at ET Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Mixed by Darrell Thorp

Mastered by Emily Lazar at The Lodge, NYC
assisted by Chris Allgood.

Drawings by Misha Bittleston

Design by Janeen Jang

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'Truth and Fun' is out now!!
Santa Fe by way of Brooklyn, Eight Two plays his own edgy blend of experimental indie rock.

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