The Paradox of Choice

While the topic has been in my head for quite some time, the title for this song was inspired by Barry Schwartz’ wonderful book of the same name.

This one, once again, was exceptionally difficult for me to make.  I have had to scrap lots of ideas for riffs and melodies until finally this monster of a riff came to me. Actually it all started out with the drum track but that’s a story for the liner notes…

The lyrics:

the paradox of choice

lonely at the crossroads
the world is at your feet
every path wide open
to pursue what you seek

no chains to hold you back
you’ve chosen to be free
this is your own life
and your responsibility

no one else to stop you
no one else to judge you
no one else to blame
but yourself

what could have been
what might have been
curse the inner voice
eternal unhappiness
the paradox of choice

and when you stop
you sense the fear
what have you done?
what brought you here?

for every path you take
there’s three you leave behind
you hope this is the way
but you don’t know what you’ll find

freedom has you paralyzed
you’ve yet to plant the seed
forging your own destiny
is a fearsome thing indeed

uncertainty’s a challenge
but you can’t be free without
it’s a long way to the bottom
of the abyss of doubts

what could have been
what might have been
curse the inner voice
eternal unhappiness
the paradox of choice

3 thoughts on “The Paradox of Choice”

  1. Es ist mehr als ein song, es ist eine Lebenseinstellung. Wahnsinnig guter Text und super Musik. Gänsehaut und prickeln im Nacken.Absolut authentisch.
    Ein Gesamtkunstwerk.

  2. Muchas gracias, eso significa mucho para mí! (Thanks a lot, I really appreciate your comment!)

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