In an imaginary conversation with his mother, Big Top wonders how to behave, and how the values that were handed down to him collide with the fragility of his condition.
A series of afro-funky rhythmic situations unfolds as Big Top sings and narrates about radically different situations co-present in his life: from carefree happiness (
I am so happy in my life, I’m walking like a train not stopping, never stopping) through the suffering of isolation (
I’ll be screaming like a bear, nobody hear me) and the desire for independence (
I work only for my future, I do not want to beg anyone) to anger about an intransigent external world (
Shut up to the ministry, shut up to the boss).
The song ranges from lament (
What some people have done to me makes me so feel ashamed), the desire for justice (
We all come from Adam and Eve, some people are wicked, but that does not mean we all are one) , to dark despair (
I looked up to the sky, but the sky was so very far from me).
The melodic thread of the refrain (
You can say that again) joins up these narrations that are only apparently disconnected.