“Dream on Little Dreamer.” The lyrics from Above & Beyond’s You Got To Go have remained pertinent since it’s 2011 release. Like many A&B tracks, You Got to Go has aged well. The discussion is still hot 8 and a half years later. On January 8, 2020, the vocalist Zoe Johnston provided new information.
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‘You Got To Go’ was written back in the day when James (Grant, head stoker of A&B flames) would send me CDs of instrumental tracks to listen to. If I was taken with one I would load it up in my studio at home, put on my headphones and sit with a pen scribbling down whatever themes or feelings the music conveyed to me. I still vividly recall some of the things I was thinking as I began writing for YGTG – ? This song will be about forward motion and self-empowerment ? I’m so sick of song narratives about people begging someone else to make things right for them ? The sky is the most beautiful expanse of openness which reminds us of our smallness in nature – thank you sky, for a great daily reality check ? I think we need some focus on following our *own* intuitive signs, instead of relying on external permission or approval from others ? Better put some planning into it (“gather up what you need and choose a direction”) otherwise it’s all going to sound a bit whimsical. Also, all good manifesting begins with a vision and leads to steps of action ? Hmm… majorly fighting my slightly OCD grammar fixations here but putting “you’ve” in the title just doesn’t flow right. We’re gonna have to ditch that “‘ve” business and hope no one questions it ? I really need to dream right now. I want to keep dreaming. I hope I can do my best to live by these lyrics, now and in the future And a short while later, a song was born! ? #yougottogo #above&beyond #moveyourfeet #dreamonlittledreamer #diylife
Seven bullet points describe Johnston’s inspiration as the songwriter. You Got to Go is fueled by the desire to become the best version of ourselves. To reach our goals.
“I’m so sick of song narratives about people begging someone else to make things right for them,” Johnston describes how we can’t expect someone else to make our lives better. We have to work for ourselves.
A key point from Zoe Johnston is the importance of planning. “Gather up what you need and choose a direction.” She isn’t encouraging last-minute decisions. Johnston encourages listeners to make goals and make our dreams reality. “All good manifesting begins with a vision and leads to steps of action.”
8 years later the message in You Got To Go is as strong as ever. There are millions of us trying to figure out the right job or how to plan for family life in the future. If we want to see the change we have to work for it.
Above & Beyond and Zoe Johnston want their listeners to keep dreaming of bigger and brighter tomorrows. They really believe that anything can be accomplished with goal setting and proper planning. You Got To Go inspires people to be better.
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