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Lyric of the Week: AH GOT DE POWER

You listen to the radio

These days it’s getting harder to find a good band

Now that we’re all a bit older

Looks like we’ve reached a place to make our last stand

There are millions of people now

Believing religiously that white is black

Well it’s time to stand up

Shoot ‘em all down and make ‘em take it all back

The night is growing colder

The world is shicing over and I just can’t fall asleep

The storm clouds grow bigger

The lightning flashes and the questions run so deep

But I’ll get the answers

Even if it means collapsing into one big heap

‘Cuz Ah got de power!

I’m gonna give it all I got to give

Ah got de power!

I’m gonna be my own reason to live.


The pressure passed the limits

Something had to break and it just broke

I know it’s beautiful out there

‘Cuz living round here man, you know it’s like one big joke

I’m growing more and more restless

I’ve got my sights set higher than just this town

I got a fire inside me, oh

It’s either gonna warm me up or burn me down

You filter through the music

It all sounds new and different but it’s all old and the same

You hopped all the bars and clubs

These overplayed scenes are all so boring and lame

But you’ll soon be hearing from me

I’m the one who’ll put these self-described saints to shame

‘Cuz Ah got de power!

I’m gonna give it all I got to give

Ah got de power!

I’m gonna be a new reason to live.


Ah got de power!

Remember the way we’d take over all the clubs and bars

Ah got de power!

We swore we’d take over the world with keys, drums, and guitars

Ah got de power!

We were gonna give it all we had to give

A brand new spirit, a reason to live

A rising star


Ah got de power!

I’m not content to leave things the way they are

Ah got de power!

I refuse to believe that there’s such a thing as going too far

Ah got de power!

I’ll give it everything I got to give

With a whole new spirit, a reason to live

I’ll be a star!


©2021 The Hesh Inc.



This song was originally written in 1984 as an answer to Bruce Springsteen's "Dancing in the Dark." The song "We Got the Power," from the then-popular TV series The Kids From Fame, was also echoing in the back of my mind as I wrote this. At the time, I was living in Israel, doing nothing constructive as my attempt to study at a higher-level yeshiva failed, the relationship I had been in crashed to the ground, and the bands I was in played one or two gigs each before breaking up. I was on edge, waiting for the Israeli military to draft me, and a big part of me wanted to be back on the East Coast of the United States rocking it up instead of serving three years with my life on hold (and the none-too-unrealistic possibility that I might not reach the end of those years, with all that implies). The original lyrics captured that on-edginess I was feeling.


About eight years, two continents, a sea, and an ocean later, I had begun acting on that deferred dream, playing in bands in New Jersey and New York. The band I was in, formed with friend and drummer Izzy Kieffer and guitarist Stephen Czeslowski, played the song often at gigs and recorded a demo version of the song at The Place studios in Manhattan. The demo was released on Everybody's in the Money, a collection of demos and oddities, on the mp3.com label, but that label was bought out and decimated, along with all the music that had been released on it. (For the curious, the demo can now be found on SoundCloud.)


Sometime in the 2010s I updated the lyrics so that they would reflect where I was at a later stage in life (a little less desperate, a bit more jaded but still optimistic) and didn't reference The Boss too specifically, and I also added the last verse. The music is still generally the same, but a new recording will probably be in order soon (together with gems like "Wasted Years" and others to be decided).

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