An unflinching examination of Mr. SOS’s personal life as he struggles to maintain his perspective on love & hate.

With lush production by UK-producer Quincey Tones, strings by Paul Dateh, guitar licks by Jo Caleb, layered vocal work from Steph, and an impassioned performance from SOS, this track is clearly one of 2009’s standout efforts.

We don’t always live in harmony (no we don’t)
And often there are times when we are enemies (uh huh, uh huh)
I fight with you. You fight with me (all the time)
Trying to get the balance right (trying to get the balance right)
That’s right. That’s right.

This is for the listener that wants something more
The lovers, the haters, the fans, the fighters of wars
And those that hope for a future similar to before
Cause this present’s got to be taken back to the store
So start packing, cause we’re going back on the road again
And nobody ever knows when it ends, but
When it does you could say you tried to achieve
A balance between the most beautiful things
And the worst ones, cause when it gets bad the hurt comes
And makes you wanna crawl into a hearse and be done with it,
But I figure that’s pretty dumb isn’t it?
I’d rather go out with a bang like Tony yelling “come get it!”
Cause life’s a baton, you take it and you run with it
But not everybody’s gonna let another one win it
And so we fight and we fight
Trying to get the balance right from the start until the end of your life

We don’t always live in harmony (no we don’t)
And often there are times when we are enemies (uh huh, uh huh)
I fight with you. You fight with me (all the time)
Trying to get the balance right (trying to get the balance right)
That’s right. That’s right.

Love and hate, now there’s a thin line if I ever saw one
That’s why lovers usually hate each other when it’s all done
And emotions get intertwined when people get placed up on a pedestal
And you fight over something minuscule
Like a drunk president ready to go to war
Over a dilemma that most would consider sorta small
Now if you think about it, that ain’t really smart at all
Especially when there’s a lil baby girl involved
And this was the case with David & Heather
Everyone thought they’d be together forever, however
They confused love with lust
He shoulda known
She first said it when she happened to bust, plus
She shot her own foot to catch an honorable discharge
And she tried to say it was his fault
But they must try to find a balance
Because this is the only way they could be parents

We don’t always live in harmony (no we don’t)
And often there are times when we are enemies (uh huh, uh huh)
I fight with you. You fight with me (all the time)
Trying to get the balance right (trying to get the balance right)
That’s right. That’s right.

Yo.. grab a hold of your britches
Wake up and notice the sickness
We need a balance to survive, at the moment it’s shifting and
I don’t know how to fix it
I just know how to listen
Meet me halfway til I start going the distance
And if the main road is congested than I’ma form a detour
Try to find new places I’ve never seen before
As a child I climbed trees more
Now as a man I wanna be higher than the Supreme Court
But it would mean more just to have an even balance
I know it seems hard but we need to be better at it
Cause even these stars that are over us need a balance
So do we, God, it’s getting hard to breathe on this planet
An atmosphere lost, I don’t wanna see it happen
But it seems right around the corner like somebody mapped it out
So when it’s about time to reroute
Time will be out and I’ll still try to balance it out

We don’t always live in harmony (no we don’t)
And often there are times when we are enemies (uh huh, uh huh)
I fight with you. You fight with me (all the time)
Trying to get the balance right (trying to get the balance right)
That’s right. That’s right.

1 comment

This song is one of my favorites from the album. The fact that my other favorites effortlessly and poetically capture completely different subjects with the same descriptiveness of “The Balance” just proves how incredibly consistent this album is.

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