Song Lyric Sunday: Plan

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL???? Sorry that was a bit dramatic wasn’t it but it’s Song Lyric Sunday which is one of my favourite times of the week :O) Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time came up with the brilliant idea of giving us a single word prompt each week from which we have to come up with a song to play for you all. It really is great fun for music lovers and bloggers wanting to connect with others out in the bloggersphere so why not play along this week?

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL???? Sorry that was a bit dramatic wasn’t it but it’s Song Lyric Sunday which is one of my favourite times of the week :O) Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time came up with the brilliant idea of giving us a single word prompt each week from which we have to come up with a song to play for you all. It really is great fun for music lovers and bloggers wanting to connect with others out in the bloggersphere so why not play along this week?

Here are the rules and the prompt for this week is plan:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

This one was tricky and the song I’ve picked doesn’t have the word ‘plan’ in the lyrics anywhere but it represents my ‘plan’ for life, slightly obscure though it is. Here it is and I’ll explain a bit more after you’ve heard it:

 

And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
On my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

And I won’t die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh god knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

Songwriters: Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford / Edward James Milton Dwane / Benjamin Walter David Lovett / Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall

I came across this song when I first moved to France; I used to lay out on the terrace in the evening, with a glass of wine, and listen to music for hours; sometimes familiar tunes and sometimes I looked for something new. I’d been introduced to Mumford and Sons by a friend and had loved the songs I’d already heard so I downloaded one of their albums and listened to this: After the Storm….

I cried. Then I listened again. I cried some more but then I felt a spark of anger and then another of hope. Maybe ‘anger’ isn’t the right word, perhaps ‘defiance’ better sums up my feelings; emotionally I had been beaten down to my knees by the death of my husband but, at that moment, I did look up and shook my fist at whatever had been cruel enough to separate us. The lyrics disturbed something in me; I didn’t want to live the rest of my life shut off from the world, slowly decaying, falling apart so I said, out loud:

But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

I knew the feeling of trying desperately to hold on to my old life and feeling it slip through my fingers, I knew what it was like to be scared of the past and of the future and I was, and still am, terrified of dying alone. This song threw all of this at me and made me face many emotions that I had be suppressing for a long time but it also offered the lifeline of hope and made me think that, one day, I would be able to feel again. Feel the love that I had for my husband without the pain that now came with it:

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.

I had a feeling it would be a long road; two years on I am still on it but I’ve learned to think:

Get over your hill and see what you find there,

and one day I hope to reach a place that will offer:

………..grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

What this song gave me, after two years in free fall, was the first inkling of a plan…………

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone

Lisa

x

 

Song Lyric Sunday

Have you seen this? Over at Helen Vahdati’s site? If you’re a lover of music and enjoy thinking about the meaning behind certain songs I think you’ll enjoy it :O) The subject for this week is songs with a metaphor in the title and I’ve chosen to go with Broken Crown by Mumford and Sons, firstly because I love, love, love the song and secondly because the lyrics fascinate me:

Have you seen this? Over at Helen Vahdati’s site? If you’re a lover of music and enjoy thinking about the meaning behind certain songs I think you’ll enjoy it :O) The subject for this week is songs with a metaphor in the title and I’ve chosen to go with Broken Crown by Mumford and Sons, firstly because I love, love, love the song and secondly because the lyrics fascinate me:

Touch my mouth and hold my tongue
I’ll never be your chosen one
I’ll be home safe and tucked away
Well you can’t tempt me if I don’t see the dayThe pull on my flesh was just too strong
Stifled the choice and the air in my lungs
Better not to breathe than to breathe a lie
‘Cause when I open my body I breathe a lie

I will not speak of your sin
There was a way out for him
The mirror shows not
Your values are all shot

But oh my heart was flawed I knew my weakness
So hold my hand consign me not to darkness

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away
Now in this twilight how dare you speak of grace

So crawl on my belly ’til the sun goes down
I’ll never wear your broken crown
I can take the road and I can fuck it all away
But in this twilight our choices seal our fate

[Songwriters: Benjamin Walter David Lovett / Edward James Milton Dwane / Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford / Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall]

At first glance, the lyrics appear to be about a man’s desperate struggle with religion and accepting God into his life. At the start of the song he appears to be angry with God, citing the pull of the flesh and the temptation of evil as being too strong for him to resist; he is determined to hide from the ‘light’ if you will. However, maybe as he feels the chance of redemption slipping away from him he beseeches:

“But oh my heart was flawed I knew my weakness
So hold my hand consign me not to darkness”

There is such desperation in those few words, he knows that he is weak but he is begging, almost in terror, not to be left alone in the dark…..

Sadly, almost immediately afterwards, he is defending his decision to reject God with even more anger than he had at the beginning and this is demonstrated with the use of profanity:

“I’ll never wear your broken crown
I took the road and I fucked it all away”

At this point he speaks of twilight which can be taken as a metaphor for the end of life and I think that this idea is reinforced by the very last line.

“In this twilight our choices seal our fate”

When you listen to the song you’ll notice that, after a big crescendo the music quietens and this line is sung with infinite sadness, with the acceptance of a mistake made by someone who still has too much pride to ask for the help that he so obviously needs…..

Which leads me on to, in my opinion, the more subtle metaphor which is that of Life. The struggle that the man is having is obviously an internal one; he is trapped in a struggle and knows that there are only 2 paths that he can take. On a intellectual level he knows that he needs help and he begs for it but he just doesn’t feel worthy of ‘saving’ so he continues on his path of self-destruction. I believe that he entered onto this path after a failed relationship with someone who destroyed his self-esteem and his belief in himself; he knows this and knows that he must keep away from them for the sake of his own sanity but he loves them and therefore lives in torment……

I don’t know if my interpretations are as the writers intended but I never tire of this song because of its musical and lyrical complexities.

I really hope that you enjoy it and, please, let me know what you think

Have a wonderful Sunday

Lisa x

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