Goodbye Cynics: Song Lyrics and Story Behind The Song

Goodbye Cynics
(words and music by Erick A. Fabian, Sr.)

Everything about what’s wrong with the world
Is everything that’s wrong with everyone
I am no exception

I am part of the problem
But don’t believe anyone
Who claims to have the answers

Crush the world
Inside my only hope

Shatter every misconception
By ignoring them
Keep on doing what works for you

Opinions are for the lazy
Who can afford to do nothing
Eloquent debates won’t change the world

But kindness will

(Copyright 2014 TicTiger! Productions)

This song was written in late 2013, right when I was finishing the last few legs of our series of gigs that lasted for three years. As with most songwriters, I write from what I feel more than what I think. At that moment, there was this feeling that I have spread myself too thin. After a number of performances that earned praise from accolades and new fans alike, I started feeling exhausted from gigging, going from one town to another by bus, hauling a suitcase full of instruments, and getting deadbeat gigs from asshole organizers and promoters.

I also had to deal with the frustration I felt with people in the social activism scene who spent most of their time arguing and debating over seemingly petty matters that are not part of why we were involved in social activism in the first place. I began to miss the activist punks of my time who, with very little planning and deliberation, can still set up successful events and activities that get to the point of what we were all about as promoters of social justice and human rights in the Philippines.

On my part, I’m also experimenting with the direction of my music. I feel like I have pushed the synthpop-meets-punk sound to the limit of my abilities as a musician, and I want to try unfamiliar ground. Or at least, I want to take something familiar and push it into unexpected places. We’ll see where the music will take us. I hope you’ll be interested enough to see it through with me.

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World Extravaganza Events – Gig Photos

July 27,2013. 121 Grill, Allegro Place, Pasong Tamo Extension, Makati City

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Photos courtesy of World Extravaganza Arts Foundation, Gladymae Angela and Ian Jerome Unite. Special thanks to Crystal Lin, Vanny and Greg, and 121 Allegro for making this happen. Big love to new friends we met who loved the music, our good friends Erin, Paolo, the Dayuhan guys, Claire, Joee Mejias, my partner-in-crime and manager Miam, my Antipolo family who drove a long way to see the show, and all the talents and the guests who supported the event. Thanks to the most helpful sound guys of 121, and praise be to the Almighty Quantum Siopao for creating the universe and nourishing us.