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Fight Test
The Flaming Lips Lyrics


The test begins, now
I thought I was smart, I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight, I thought there was a
Virtue in always being cool, so when it came time to
Fight I thought I'll just step aside and that the time would
Prove you wrong and that you would be the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery

Oh to fight is to defend if it's not
Now than tell me when would be the time that you would stand up
And be a man, for to lose I could accept but to surrender
I just wept and regretted this moment, oh that I, I
Was the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life, it's all a mystery

Cause I'm a man not a boy and there are things
You can't avoid you have to face them when you're not prepared
To face them,
If I could I would but you're with him now it'd do no good
I should have fought him but instead I let him, I let
Him take it

I don't know where the sun beams end and the star
Lights begins it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides what right for his
Own life, it's all a mystery

The test is over, now

Lyrics © BMG Rights Management
Written by: WAYNE COYNE, STEVEN DROZD, DAVE FRIDMANN, YUSUF ISLAM, MICHAEL IVINS

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SILVER SPADES

What a weird and amazing song

Despra

@joe bloggs songs can't sound similar? You do understand how music works right?

joe bloggs

ripped off CAT STEVENS Father and Son

tYNS

This entire concept of this album still rings loud to this day. Timeless music. I always thought this song was a tribute to Cat Stevens. It always seemed like a response to Father and Son, as though it were the Son singing back to the father. I thought it was purposely done like this.. I could be wrong. Great music. Great Band.

Stephen Walker

Melodically it’s similar , lyrically this song is superior by ah fckn country mile , no fckn contest

Dariush Saghafi

Actually, your ears are picking up the same similarities which a battle of plagiarism against EMI records (representing FLAMING LIPS) was levied by SONY/ATV MUSIC PUBLISHING (representing Cat Stevens). Apparently, there was a quick and relatively uncontested settlement that occurred where CAT STEVENS now gets 75% of royalties for this song because of its distinct thematic parallels to FATHER AND SON. Here is Wayne Coyne's (front man for Flaming Lips) response/apology for the lawsuit:

"I want to go on record for the first time and say that I really apologize for the whole thing. I really love Cat Stevens. I truly respect him as a great singer-songwriter. And now he wants his money. There was a time during the recording when we said, this has a similarity to 'Father and Son'. Then we purposefully changed those bits. But I do regret not contacting his record company and asking their opinion. Maybe we could have gone 50–50. As it is, Cat Stevens is now getting 75 per cent of royalties from 'Fight Test', We could easily have changed the melody but we didn't. I am really sorry that Cat Stevens thinks I'm purposefully plagiarising his work. I am ashamed. There is obviously a fine line between being inspired and stealing. But if anyone wanted to borrow part of a Flaming Lips song, I don't think I'd bother pursuing it. I've got better things to do. Anyway, Cat Stevens is never going to make much money out of us." Reported by the Guardian April 26, 2011.

Greg Barclay

"cuz i'm a man, not a boy. there are things you can't avoid, you have to face them, when you're not prepared to face them."
you have no idea how much this smacked me in the face when i first heard it.

David Campbell

Man's music

Piero Farfan

The way is done when walking. We have to face them

Johnpod

That is a great effing line! I think it’s just the melody that is similar to Father and Son (at times) no? Certainly not the lyrics.

Written by a fan of both Cat and the Lips.

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