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I Wrote This Song is the second single from Antillectual’s new album “ENGAGE!”. The song addresses the evoked negativity when people actually tend to do good. It is an ode to people who are pejoratively labeled “gutmensch”, “do-gooder” or “politically correct”.
Video by Maurice Swinkels / Younique Film.
Nobody ever accused me of having the urge to be a romantic
Nobody ever accused me of anything close to being nostalgic
All I ever mean to be is purely optimistic
But I almost can't recall when we were synergetic
‘Cause lately you only contribute hate
About what others contribute and create
All I want is to spread the hope
Negativity, I can't cope
All I want is to prove you wrong
But instead I wrote this song
It's that you're doing exactly what you're blaming others, they're of no avail
In fact the worst part of this is you're changing me into what shouldn't prevail
Your pessimism infects me, transposes me into that sad minor scale
And I almost tend to what I can't stand in detail
This might seem a very personal song. And it is, but not only that. External negativity can bring you down and take away your ambition, pro-activity and energy. But this song is just as much about cynicism on a societal level; about groups of people who are being talked down for being “gutmenschen”; about having the intention to do well for others and engaging in the world around them; about people deciding to take a different path in their life, which might not be the most trodden path.
Maybe jealousy is the source of that negativity. A lot of the criticism is hypocritical, pointed at behavior that the “haters” manifest or manifested themselves in the past.
Sometimes it's hard to fight those negative urges, especially in reaction to other people's negativity. It's easier to give in to them and continue the downward spiral than to turn it around into something positive. But this song was an effort to do so, and for this instance it worked.