"Only You"

"Only You" - The Music Video. September 2016.

By Doug McNeel & The Sons of Maverick


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Long before I gave much thought to the phenomenon of Donald Trump I had written most of the “Only You” song. My purpose in writing it was to explore the psychology of narcissism from the perspective of one who has been afflicted by that spiritual sickness. I was interested in understanding the causes for my own brand of self-centeredness and the book I have mentioned elsewhere, Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism, by Sandy Hotchkiss, was of great help to me. 

With the rise of Donald Trump as a political phenomenon, his domination of the media and the public’s fascination with his peculiar personality, it became clear that Trump offered our culture an extraordinary teachable moment. Donald Trump is the most transparent, well known narcissist in the United States today and the greatest exemplar of the characteristics of self-preoccupation presented reflected in the “Only You” song. The Trumptation was irresistible for us to create a music video which featured Trump as the star of a musical narrative designed to illuminate this pervasive spiritual disease of our culture. 

So off we went to Harter Music Studios with a band of accomplished Dixieland Jazz musicians to lay down the sound recording of “Only You” while videographers dodged flying notes to record some of the studio action. After that we headed out to the offices of Geomedia, the video production company, where my wife, Judith, and I camped out for two days. Working with the talented video designer and editor, Jeff Chesnut, we searched online for just the right video images to piece together an intelligible story line that would complement the words to the song. It was somewhat tedious work, but on the whole lots of fun and very rewarding to participate in the creation of a work of video art. We appreciate all who contributed to the final product. I am especially thankful for the creativity and direction that Judith, Owen Duggan (my arranger and co-producer), and Jeff Chesnut contributed to the project. 

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Music Video Credits
Video Production: Geomedia, Inc.
Creative Direction: Jeff Chesnut, Owen Duggan, Judith McNeel & Doug McNeel
Audio Production: Keith Harter Music

Video Image Credits:
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"Only You" - The Song

About This Song
The inspiration for the song, “Only You,” was derived from a book my sister told me about entitled Why Is It Always About You: The Seven Deadly Sins of Narcissism. The author, Sandy Hotchkiss, is a licensed clinical social worker who has counseled extensively in this area. As a recovering narcissist I was interested in learning more about the condition and found her book to be particularly illuminating.

A wonderful line from its opening pages jumped out at me. Ms. Hotchkiss mentioned that she had seen a T-shirt with the words emblazoned on it: “Only You Can Prevent Narcissism.” Several days into my read, I went running on State Highway 211 near my home. As I crested the “mountain” overlooking Bandera Road, the seed of the tune for “Only You” came to me as I began singing “Only you, only you can save the world from narcissism.”

I am deeply grateful to Sandy Hotchkiss for her wonderful book and the wisdom of her insights without which this song would never have been written.
"Only You"
Words: Douglas V. McNeel
Music: Douglas V. McNeel and Judith S. McNeel

Only you, only you can save the world,
Only you can save the world from self-preoccupation
Yes, guess who, only indispensable you.
Only you, only you can save the world,
Only you can save the world from narcissism
Yes, guess who, only indispensable you.

Verse 1
The day that you were born the stars were all aligned
As they circled around your crib.
The angels above were singing your tune,
Crooning 'bout this heaven sent gift.
You know it feels so good to be so adored.
Don't you wish that you could feel this all the time,
With a pack of loving eyes admiring your disguise
Ain't it fun to be that number one wonderful guy?

Only you, only you can save the world,
Only you can save the world from narcissism
Yes, guess who, only indispensable you.

Verse 2
When the shadow of shame is hanging over your head
And you feel that old disgrace
There's only one way that you can save yourself.
You’ve got to pump yourself up until you're back in first place.
You’ve got to play that game to win every time.
You know that nothingness is breathing down your anxious spine.
You've got a fantasy kingdom suspended in air
And anybody messing with it better beware.

Only you, only you can save the day,
Only you can show the way for all those special people just like you,
Only indispensable you.

Little boy, little boy, I don’t think you’ve heard the news
That there’s one who loves you just as you are.
You don’t have to prove anything.
Just get in touch with love
And all the joy that that brings.

Verse 3
Well it's hard to love your neighbor when you only love yourself
And you're fruitless as a dying fig tree.
So hard to enjoy the true meaning of life
When every second question is: "What's in it for me?"
And that sneaky snake of envy slithering through your soul
Hissing at the folks you can't possess or control.
You better find your way out of this self-imposed hell
Before you love yourself to death and suffocate in your cell.

Only you, only you can save the world,
Only you can save the world from narcissism
Yes, guess who, only indispensable you.
Yes, guess who, only indispensable, never reprehensible,
Only indispensable you.

"Only You" © 2011 McNeel Music, L.L.C.

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