This has to be my favourite out of all the recordings I have ever done!
It's about the need to appear to the world as if you are on top of things - that you are succeeding in what you are doing. The need to appear 'normal' and not 'different'. Most of the time, this is a pretence and inside, I expect most people have the nagging feeling that they are 'failing'.
I guess that some days you want to feel appreciated and that all your efforts actually mean something.
The word 'failing' also makes me think of the way that I failed my university degree, but that is slightly different to the sentiments that this song is expressing.
The final chanted line represents an attempt to build up resolve to try as hard as you can to get as far as possible in possibly limited time.
The keyboard riff is something I made up while messing around in rehearsals for my old band, Decorum.
The first version I recorded of this had very rough vocals. I recorded better ones, but after the hard disk crashed, I only had a mix with half of the better vocals and a complete mix of the original one. I have merged the two together to recreate the complete better version.