Ive been told that my songs are dark and sad.  That is true, some of them may come off like that, but I always say that they are just songs of healing and light.  This particular song was written because when I played This Wild Love for my grandparents, my grandpa asked me why I write so many sad songs, and that I should write more happy songs.  Well I’m not Pharrell.  I am dark, but I’ve always said, the darker the room the brighter the light.  This song, “Never Give Back” was written to express my anger and frustration to those who just take and take and take and cause so much pain and strife that people just expect me to be happy about.  I don’t want to be happy, I want to warn people and teach them the truth, more than anything.  

Why is it okay for the wealthy to scam the system but not okay for the poor to do it?  Much of our problems in this country, and the world, are not from the poor, they are from the rich, and they always have been.  The poor don’t start wars, the poor fight in them.  Im not demonizing the rich, but I want people aware of the truth.  Jesus says it is “difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom.” (Matt 19:24)  Why would he say that?  We need to open our eyes before the gap between the wealthy and the poor gets so big that even those making 100k a year are considered poor.  Soon, there will not be a middle class at all, not because the poor are taking from them, but because the wealthy are taking more and more and more of everything, and whats worse, is that they never ever give back.  When they do, its to fatten their pockets in some way by giving to charities for tax write offs to organizations that they actually own.  This is not a political song, it is a spiritual song, a song of truth.  Right now, the middle class supports the wealthy because the wealthy support them, but soon, the gap will be so big that the wealthy will not need the support of the middle class anymore and they will just feed off of one another until the inevitable war, until the inevitable take over.  The whole time the middle class is blaming the poor, but the poor cant even live in the country anymore because the rents are so high and the wages and earnings so low, even with government assistance.  There are wealthy and poor on both sides of the political and spiritual spectrum.  

We need to open our eyes and start holding the wealthy accountable.  Right now, they are above the law, right now they are knee deep in our legislation and selling our beloved country out to the highest bidder one company and cooperation at a time.  Yes, at the moment those corporations are taking care of you, but soon, very soon, because they have shareholders and investors to please, (that aren’t even American), they too will start to trim the fat.  Due to automation, inflation, decreasing currency value, overspending, corruption, and unethical business practices, many middle class will lose jobs, homes,  and retirements.  They will have to cash in their 401ks and pay taxes on that, and all the while continue blaming the poor for the destruction that the wealthy have caused.  In fact, the anti christ himself will be a very wealthy man.  I don’t have a problem with the rich man.  I have a problem with the rich man who corrupts our laws with impunity, and buys my country piece by piece, sells it off to the highest bidder, starves our people and exhorts them to pennies on the dollar for jobs they would never do, then in turn avoid all sorts of justices against them because they can buy lawyers that few men can afford, all the while claiming to love the country that they continue to dishonor.  They take and take and take and they never give back.  

I see all of this happening, and when I speak out against it, I am the one who is hated.  I see all of this destruction and inevitable outcome and I scream the truth from the top of my lungs, and it will never be enough, until, the end.  We have weapons of mass destruction so damaging not only to the inhabitants of the earth, but to the earth itself, that the bible is more than probably right when it says “the earth will be made desolate by its own inhabitants.”  (Micah 7:13) Seems true to me, and yet, I’m suppose to be happy?  Im not happy at all, I’m angry that deception is moving through so slithery, like a snake, and poisoning the minds and hearts of all my brothers and sisters to the point where we actually hate each other enough to kill each other.  In my life, I value joy so much more than happiness, because joy I can have when I am unhappy.  Happiness is an emotion, joy is spirit and life.  Do you think Jesus was happy when he took the cross?  Yet he was filled with joy and prayed for that joy to be in us.  Joy comes from a living hope, and there is no hope without some form of suffering.  Knowing the truth is what leads me to write a song like this.  While this is how I feel against the world, I find peace knowing that I cant stop what will happen and that the meek will surely inherit the earth.  Since the beginning of time life has been teaching us the truth.  More and more of us are starting to hear it.  

We are evolving still, into creatures of the truth and all you have to do is look around and see that this world, as beautiful as it is, is designed for destruction.  I believe that songwriters have a deeper responsibility than just writing shallow songs that sell.  King David was a songwriter as well, and there is power in song.  Of course you know I don’t like doing this.  I don’t like having to write songs that seek to open peoples’ eyes, but I have to, as these songs are not mine, they are yours too, and they are the worlds.  I know this because I will be gone one day, but the truth will never be gone, and therefore any song that reveals the truth will never be gone.  Search your own heart.  You know that the problem lies with the corruption among the wealthy and not with corruption among the poor, and still they rally armies in their defense, against the truth through the deception of the lie.  The lie destroys and the truth builds. 

Im not saying blame them, as that causes more bitterness, I’m saying be on your guard against them, and beware of their silver tongue and the inevitable destruction they cause, so that when they try to deceive you, you can stand in peace rather than in their own destructive lie.  Life teaches us that which causes destruction will cause its own destruction.  Life is not designed to destroy, it is designed to flourish.  Even when it destroys itself, it is so that it will flourish more, just like when we prune a tree.  What we are taught by life is that when it destroys anything, like a wildfire, or the dinosaurs, its always so that it can flourish and prosper more.  If this is true in nature, why would it not be true with us?  So, look around, cant you see the inevitable wars building?  You may even feel it in yourself, which side you will fight for.  Everything is brewing, no one is listening or even seeing the truth.  This song is me screaming from my soul in the middle of the battlefield, hoping some of us will hear… how can I be happy knowing that not only few will hear, but that I will be hated just for speaking and standing for truth?  Is America a country of truth and justice for all?  Is the world?  Are you?

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LYRICS:
What a stand, what a stand, what a stand, that were in 
I can hardly see the right
you say say its on, you say its on, on both sides
still you feel the urge to fight
you know in life we never learn, we never learn, till the end
and even then that wont suffice 
and now the cry, and now the cries of the end
are seeping out into the night

and now you want me to be happy
when i see so many things that make me sad
stop all your petty things, your mighty brains are killing me
you try to control something that you never had
you hold on tighter and tighter to everything
you want it all but you never give back


what a stand, what a stand, what a stand, that we’re in
all this worldly learning
and through it all what have we gained, why is this world still burning
you say its right, you say its right, all the time, but this worlds still burning
why cant you see you hold the key to the end
and its already turning

and now you want me to be happy
when i see so many things that make me sad
stop all your petty things, your mighty brains are killing me
you try to control something that you never had
you hold on tighter and tighter to everything
you want it all but you never give back

you hold on tighter and tighter to everything
oh you want it all but you never give back
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In the Golan Heights Israel 2008