The Avett Brothers – Ill With Want – Something Has Me

Ill With Want - The Avett Brothers

I and Love and You, The Avett Brothers’ debut with Rick Rubin as their producer, was released on September 29, 2009. The album is a skillful presentation of carefully constructed textures that eloquently serve to accent songs that thematically address greed, finding one’s authenticity, love and maturation into adulthood. The cover depicts a man reflecting on his mortality and the songs similarly carry a highly personal perspective.

“Ill With Want” is a meditation on the lure of materialism and the distance it creates from the essential self, “Oh something has me (Something has me) Acting like someone I know isn’t me. Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed.” Most notable are the harmonies that soar with Beatlesque airiness and an increased reliance on the use of the piano as the vehicle for their soulful ballads. While the songs are presented with an overall pop sensibility, thematically they bear enough weight to transcend the limitations of genre pigeonholing. It is testament to the Avett Brothers’ insistence on creating thought provoking, philosophical music, “Free is not your right to choose… It’s answering what’s asked of you.”

“I am sick with wanting and it’s evil and it’s dauntingavett
How I let everything I cherish lay to waste
I am lost in greed this time, it’s definitely me
I point fingers but there’s no one there to blame
I need for something not let me break it down again
I need for something but not more medicine
I am sick with wanting and it’s evil how it’s got me
And everyday is worse than the one before
The more I have the more I think:
I’m almost where I need to be
If only I could get a little more
I need for something
Now let me break it down again
I need for something but not more medicine
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed
Temporary is my time
Ain’t nothin on this world that’s mine
Except the will I found to carry on
Free is not your right to choose
It’s answering what’s asked of you
To give the love you find until it’s gone
I need for something
Now let me break it down again
I need for something
But not more medicine
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I don’t wanna be
Something has me (Something has me)
Oh something has me (Something has me)
Acting like someone I know isn’t me
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed
Ill with want and poisoned by this ugly greed”