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Lyrics Study Of Fooling Yourself By Styx

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Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man)


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[Intro]

Relax...Take it easy...


[Verse 1]

You see the world through your cynical eyes

You're a troubled young man I can tell

You've got it all in the palm of your hand

But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest


[Verse 2]

And you're fooling yourself if you don't believe it

You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it

Why must you be such an angry young man

When your future looks quite bright to me

How can there be such a sinister plan

That could hide such a lamb, such a caring young man


[Outro-Chorus 1]

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it

You're kidding yourself if you don't believe it

Get up, get back on your feet

You're the one they can't beat and you know it

Come on, let's see what you've got

Just take your best shot and don't blow it


[Outro-Chorus 2]

You're fooling yourself if you don't believe it

You're killing yourself if you don't believe it

Get up, get back on your feet

You're the one they can't beat and you know it

Come on, let's see what you've got

Just take your best shot and don't blow it.


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Mental Health Lyrics Analysis:

I've highlighted key lines from the song that have the most significant mental health messages. I've outlined them below and encourage you to listen back to the song and listen for these messages. Overall, the song speaks about not giving up, even when you're stuck doing the same thing everyday and you feel like you'll always be trapped in the present. The song speaks about pulling yourself out of that depressive mindset and moving forward. I hope this analysis helps you as much as it did for me:



[Verse 1]

"But your hand's wet with sweat and your head needs a rest"

Many times you may push yourself to far. You may be doing the same thing over and over again not realizing a need to change. It is great to be consistent, but over-consistency can result to blindness towards your reality. A balance between awareness and consistency helps to create a healthy fulfilling life.

Here are some summarized key takeaways:

  • Pace yourself instead of over exerting yourself

  • Give your body proper rest, you need it more than you may realize

  • Too much of anything is no good -- including consistency or balance

  • This verse may be relevant for workaholics


[Verse 2]

"Why must you be such an angry young man" Anger many times comes from us not listening to our own heart. We can become bitter as we work the same job without growth, take on the same responsibilities without reward, or lose that spark that makes life interesting. Recognizing your anger is key, especially for young men who are still learning who they are.

Here are some summarized key takeaways:

  • Take time to listen inwards, not only to what the rest of the world wants from you

  • Growth is essential to avoid bitterness

  • Change is essential to create growth (even when you "fail", you're still winning in the long run)

  • Underneath all your bitterness there is a beautiful wonderful strong person, you just have to unlock them

  • Combining deep breathing with asking yourself inner-questions (like "What do I want from life?", "Who am I?", and "Where should I go next on my path?") can help you find solutions to mental health difficulties faster.



[Verse 3]

"Get up, get back on your feet / You're the one they can't beat and you know it" One of the first steps to getting better, is getting up. I say its one of the first steps because many times we need to break this one down into smaller steps to be able to accomplish it, especially during a depression-attack, anxiety-attack, and other mental health illnesses. I love how the singer says "get back on your feet" because this means that you have accomplished difficult things before, and you can do it again today.

Here are some summarized key takeaways:

  • I AM HERE


[Chorus-Outro]

"Get up, get back on your feet / You're the one they can't beat and you know it" One of the first steps to getting better, is getting up. I say its one of the first steps because many times we need to break this one down into smaller steps to be able to accomplish it, especially during a depression-attack, anxiety-attack, and other mental health illnesses. I love how the singer says "get back on your feet" because this means that you have accomplished difficult things before, and you can do it again today.

Here are some summarized key takeaways:

  • I AM HERE


[Chorus-Outro]

"Just take your best shot and don't blow it." It's okay to fail, and sometimes we just have to try our best and believe in ourselves. I don't believe this line of the song was meant to cause any anxiety for the song-character, but more to emphasize a mindset that you can do what you set your heart to.

Here are some summarized key takeaways:

  • I AM HERE


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