Game We Play

"Game We Play" is my 7th single, released May 20th 2022.

This simple banjo tune evolves into a powerful folk anthem that weaves practical descriptions of life into a rebellious and philosophical stance on our habits and beliefs.

The listener is immersed in relatable imagery and folk instrumentals, but also challenged to question their surroundings through lyrics that playfully rebel against societal pressures, status quo, and the constructs shaping our lives.

I hope you like it!

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Game We Play

Sarah Tolle

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This simple banjo tune evolves into a powerful folk anthem that weaves practical descriptions of life into a rebellious and philosophical stance on our habits and beliefs.

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More About The Song

This song came to me almost all in one piece one summer day in 2021 when I was sitting on the grass, practicing banjo at Sunset Beach in Vancouver. 

Writing this song happened in a way that I wish more songs would—almost all of the verses spilled out of my mouth while improvising and practicing chords. I probably wrote the majority of the song in 10 minutes or less. It was fun and easy for me to play, so the rest of the lyrics just filled in naturally as I practiced the song over the next couple of months. 

This song made me think of Joni Mitchell’s “The Circle Game”, and some of my fans on social media said it reminded them of Joni when I posted some short clips of the song. I love Joni Mitchell’s songwriting, and I remember the impact I felt as a young girl when I first heard “The Circle Game” sung around a family campfire in the Wisconsin summer. I’m hoping this song will also be a great campfire song that gets interpreted and re-interpreted by many artists! 

Game We Play is my go-to song if I’d like to warm up my fingers and voice. It’s easy to remember, full of emotion and fun imagery, and the simple structure makes it enjoyable to play around with.

Sarah Tolle banjo player
Sarah Tolle singer songwriter

"Game We Play" Lyrics

Somebody told me to get off the grass 

You know what I said 

I just looked at them and laughed 

Somebody told me to get back in line 

You know what I said 

I said that I’m doin just fine right here 

 

Just wait a minute 

what is this  

crazy place we’re living in 

I think it is 

kinda funny isn’t it 

this game we play 

 

Somebody told me I needed new clothes 

you know what I said, I said 

When did anybody ever need any of those 

Somebody told me you’re pretty wild 

and you know what I said, nothing 

I just nodded and smiled 

 

Just wait a minute 

what is this 

crazy place we’re living in 

I think it is 

kinda funny isn’t it 

this game we play 

 

When did we make all these silly rules  

just to keep us apart 

and isn’t that the truth 

And when did we draw all these silly squares 

just to prove it’s mine and yours 

as If the Mother cared 

 

Just wait a minute 

what is this  

crazy place we’re living in 

I think it is 

kinda funny isn’t it 

this game we play 

 

When was the moment that we decided  

that you and I were different enough 

to let it divide us 

When we the day when we all agreed  

that listening was second to speaking 

and forgiving to fear 

 

Just wait a minute 

what is this  

crazy place we’re living in 

I think it is 

kinda funny isn’t it 

this game we play 

 

Woah 

Just wait a minute 

what is this  

crazy place we’re living in 

I think it is 

kinda funny isn’t it 

this game we play

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