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Old 02-26-2017, 01:39 PM   #91
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Default Re: Reviews and Comments about Timothy's album "Leap of Faith"

I meant to bring this topic up in the Leap of Faith Survivor Game, but kept forgetting, so I thought I would post it here. Although My Hat is one of my favorite tracks on the album, I am very puzzled about why Timothy chose that as the name for this song. There is only one mention of the phrase in the song, and it doesn't seem to fit thematically with the message of the song to me. Anyone have any thoughts about this?

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My Hat

When you stood up and told me that I had to get my hat
it was time for me to reach out for the door
I didn't know then what I know now and it is just a fact
my behaviour was just this side of poor

Well I can't really tell you what was going through my mind
but I try my best never to be rude
If my heart is not open then I start to fall behind
and you'll see one of my off colour moods

Don't know when it might end
maybe I should make my amends

So I buckle up tight
and try to stay on this rollercoaster ride
I go up, I go down
and I keep spinning around

Well I wake up each morning, I get ready for my day
and I'm all set to conquer all my fears
but I tend to let all these little things get in my way
it's been happening a lot these past few years
sometimes I think too much then nothing happens way too fast
I might stare out the window but not see
I need to capture the moment cause I know it may not last
it's a matter of letting things just be

sometimes I'm on fire
too much pent up desire

So I buckle up tight
and try to stay on this rollercoaster ride
I go up, I go down
and I keep spinning around

It's so much later than I'd like and there's so far to go
tonight is such an endless night
but I can't sleep now it seems I'm on a roll

(acoustic slide inst)

I have moments of greatness when I feel I'm on a quest
there are times when I dangle by a thread
In the sweetness of glory I feel raging tenderness
I prefer it to when I hang my head

such a puzzle to me
seems I've misplaced my key

So I buckle up tight
and try to stay on this rollercoaster ride
I go up, I go down
and I keep spinning around
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Old 02-26-2017, 04:13 PM   #92
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Is he describing what's going on in his head underneath the metaphorical hat?

He could have called it Spinning Around - very Kylie Minogue. Or Rollercoaster - perhaps he thought that was too similar to Parachute.
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Old 02-26-2017, 06:48 PM   #93
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If you hand someone his hat, you're asking him to leave. In this case, he's admitting that his behaviour was "just this side of poor", so he probably deserved it. Overall, the song seems to be about trying to remain calm and stay true to the values he thinks are important. It's something that comes up in interviews as well as in other songs.
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Old 02-27-2017, 12:14 PM   #94
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Default Re: Reviews and Comments about Timothy's album "Leap of Faith"

Yes, I've wondered the same thing.

Could also have been Buckle Up Tight. Who knows?
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I think the hat represents the realization he has crossed the line and that he knows he can be moody. He tries to stay in control but "things get in my way." I suppose in that context, the title makes sense. But Brooke's suggestion of "Buckle Up Tight" sounds better to me, and more exciting.
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Old 02-28-2017, 06:31 AM   #96
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Maybe "My hat" is family shorthand for "Dad's in a bad mood".
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Old 03-01-2017, 12:10 AM   #97
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UTW!

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If you hand someone his hat, you're asking him to leave. In this case, he's admitting that his behaviour was "just this side of poor", so he probably deserved it. Overall, the song seems to be about trying to remain calm and stay true to the values he thinks are important. It's something that comes up in interviews as well as in other songs.
And I considered this interpretation as well, UTW, but I still think the title is a leap considering the song's lyrics. If I were going to pick a single phrase from the song that would be the most suitable title, I think I'd go with Make My Amends.
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Maybe "My hat" is family shorthand for "Dad's in a bad mood".
Lol. Come to think of it, does Timothy even wear hats? I don't think I've ever seen a picture of him wearing one.
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