Fight Test

Wayne's Notes from the Album:

"The subject of the song is the singer's regret about taking the attitude of "not fighting" to an extreme - and by the end of the song realizes he's made a mistake and sometimes a person has no choice - as unpleasant as it may be... To surrender to every conflict without a challenge, he finds, is worse than getting beat up."

"The test begins now" line that opens "Fight Test" originated from the Boom-Box Experiments. As the song begins, Steven says, "Tell us a story, Wayne." The song was the subject of much attention when Yusuf Islam, formerly Cat Stevens, sued the Lips over its similarities to his 1970 song, "Father And Son." Previously, Wayne had commented publicly how "Fight Test" was reminiscent of "Father And Son." The Lips and Stevens reached a settlement to split the royalties from the song 75 percent to Stevens and 25 percent to the Lips.


The test begins now

I thought I was smart
I thought I was right
I thought it better not to fight
I thought there was a virtue
In always being cool
So when it came time to fight
I thought I'll just step aside
And that time would prove you wrong
And that you would be the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end
And the star light begins, it's all a mystery

Oh to fight is to defend
If it's not now than tell me when would be the time
That you would stand up and be a man
For to lose I could accept
But to surrender I just wept
And regretted this moment
Oh that I, I was the fool

I don't know where the sun beams end
And the star light begins, it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides
What's right for his own life, it's all a mystery

'Cause I'm a man not a boy
And there are things you can't avoid
You have to face them
When you're not prepared to face them
If I could I would
But you're with him now it'd do no good
I should have fought him but instead I let him
I let him take you

I don't know where the sun beams end
And the star light begins, it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides
What's right for his own life, it's all a mystery

I don't know where the sun beams end
And the star light begins, it's all a mystery
And I don't know how a man decides
What's right for his own life, it's all a mystery

I don't know where the sun beams end
And the star light begins, it's all a mystery
Mystery

The test is over . . . now!



Alternate Versions

An alternate version of "Fight Test" with the apt subtitle, "Primitive Demo With Helium Voice" appears on the Fight Test UK Single #2. It features a spare, acoustic arrangement with Wayne's vocals sounding like he had ingested helium.




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Movies

Freaky Friday - 2003

TV Shows

"Ed" - Second Chances - 2003

"Six Feet Under" - The Last Time 2002


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"Fight Test" has frequently appeared in setlists since its release.

 

Live Performances

07/04/2002 Birmingham England Alexandra Theatre
The Brain has documented 153 Performances
The Brain has documented 40 Live Downloads available
03/15/2013 Austin TX USA Auditorium Shores South By Southwest  
03/14/2013 Austin TX USA The Belmont South By Southwest  
11/17/2009 Birmingham England Academy  
11/16/2009 Manchester England Academy  
11/15/2009 Glasgow Scotland Academy Download Available
11/13/2009 Portsmouth England Guildhall Download Available
11/11/2009 London England The Troxy Download Available
11/10/2009 London England The Troxy  
11/09/2009 Brussels Belgium Ancienne Belgique  
11/07/2009 Herning Denmark Herning Concert Hall  

 

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