Just Passing
Small Faces Lyrics


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One and-a two and-a three and-a four and-a
This feeling of spring like the wing of a bird that is flying,
The nights they go cold as my mind does go old and I'm looked at,
A Inspected, hated, accepted
The wise men they wrangle, their minds look for angles and meaning (meaning!),
But the ceiling is light as I glide through the night and I'm leaving,
Living, being, mmm - mmm - mmm




Overall Meaning

The opening line of the song, "This feeling of spring like the wing of a bird that is flying," sets the tone and mood for the entire song. The analogy used here is a beautiful representation of the hope and optimism that comes with the season of spring. However, as the song progresses, we see the contrast between the joy of spring and the deep, bleak thoughts of the singer. As the night goes on, and his mind grows old, he is being looked at, inspected, hated, and accepted by those around him. The wise men in search of meaning provide a sharp contrast to the singer's thoughts, which are instead lost and aimless. The chorus "Living, being, mmm-mmm-mmm" is an almost hypnotic statement of acceptance and resignation.


Through the lyrics of "Just Passing," Small Faces created a song that explores the conflicting thoughts and emotions that we all experience at some point in our lives. It is a reflective and introspective song that encourages us to embrace the moments of happiness and joy while understanding the darker moments that we all face.


Line by Line Meaning

One and-a two and-a three and-a four and-a
The song begins with a count-in for the band to start playing.


This feeling of spring like the wing of a bird that is flying
The singer expresses a feeling of newness and freedom, like the season of spring and a bird flying.


The nights they go cold as my mind does go old and I'm looked at
As time passes, the singer's mind and body age, and they feel watched and judged by others.


Inspected, hated, accepted
The artist feels scrutinized, disliked, and maybe even embraced by those who judge them.


The wise men they wrangle, their minds look for angles and meaning (meaning!)
The artist observes others trying to decipher life's meaning and purpose through deep thought and debate.


But the ceiling is light as I glide through the night and I'm leaving
Despite others' search for answers, the singer feels light and carefree, gliding through life and perhaps leaving their worries behind.


Living, being, mmm - mmm - mmm
Ultimately, the singer embraces the simple experience of living and being, expressing this joy with nonspecific sounds of contentment.




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