Bass Lesson & Song Explanation: “Someone Else’s Problem”
This is the fourth of several blog posts explaining the songs we wrote on Engine of A Million Plots. The fourth song on the list is “Someone Else’s Problem.” You can see Scott Kerr, our bass player, give a run through of song. You’ll also find the words to the song and Reese’s explanation below. Please leave your thoughts and questions in the comments. And don’t forget the original disclaimer of this series. If one of these songs means something completely different to you than what Reese says, that’s probably the better explanation.
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someone else’s problem
You’re cutting some corners,
leave nothing for mourners,
leave nothing for the people
in all those other places.
Just don’t look at their faces,
and you can believe,
that they don’t bleed,
You want to close your eyes,
you want to make believe
this tangled web you weave,
is nowhere near the place you sleep,
while other people’s lives are cheap,
and all of this is someone else’s problem.
And here lies the problem,
it’s not that you rob them
just look the other way.
Just make some more excuses.
Your life stems from abuses,
of other people’s lives you’ll
never have to see.
Explanation from Reese Roper:
I can quote a million statistics right now, with a ten-minute internet search, to show you how corrupt and ignorant the Western World is to the plight of the rest of the planet. There are more people in slavery today than were carried on slave ships from Africa to the Western Hemisphere during the entire history of the slave trade. Chances are, at least one piece of clothing you are wearing right now was made by children. We live in a society that exists because our governments exploited people. In the United States it was slavery, stealing land, breaking treaties, using immigrants for cheap labor, Jim Crow laws, and paying substandard wages to women and minorities (which is still happening). The list goes on and on. In modern times, because of our 24-hour news cycle, the culpability for such greed has moved from governments to corporations. And yes, you benefit from it. Every time you buy something not manufactured in a handful of responsible countries, you are benefitting from the exploitation of someone else. As a Christian, it is abhorrent to me to think how lazy the Body of Christ has become about this. Statistically, we could end hunger – COMPLETELY ERADICATE ITS EXISTENCE THREE TIMES OVER – by just taking the tithes of the American Church, and spending it on food for the hungry… IN ONE YEAR. Three times over. Imagine how much easier it would be to explain the Love of Christ to other people if they had actually seen us doing something with it.
Here is how you can do something with it:
Disrupt the Business of Slavery – Made In a Free World
Help End Childhood Hunger
Help Provide Access to Safe Drinking Water
Change A Childhood:
Sponsor a Child – Compassion International:
Donate to Feeding America: