The Gaffer

Category: Songwriter Stories

Occupy Yourself

The song has obvious allusions to the Occupy Movement that swept our country over the last year or so. The lyric of the song neither champions, nor denounces, the movement; instead, it's more about my own personal struggles with challenging the status quo and how, ultimately, as the song says, " [you have to] occupy yourself, before they [the establishment] occupy you."...which is a very zen, look-inwardly, "revolution in the head", type of philosophy. There's also some obvious double meanings to the title phrase, "Occupy Yourself". Aside from the thought-provocing lyrics, the song also has a really catchy chorus that, at least by the measure of our fans, is not easy to forget.