Song Lyric Sunday: Fear

Good morning fellow bloggers and Happy Sunday :O) I hope that this has been a great week for you and that next week will be even better! So, here we are again with Song Lyric Sunday, brought to you by the amazing Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time. I’m such a fan of this because I absolutely love music and I really hope that you’ll give it a try to; it’s a super way to make new blogging friends and beef up your playlists.

Good morning fellow bloggers and Happy Sunday :O) I hope that this has been a great week for you and that next week will be even better! So, here we are again with Song Lyric Sunday, brought to you by the amazing Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time. I’m such a fan of this because I absolutely love music and I really hope that you’ll give it a try to; it’s a super way to make new blogging friends and beef up your playlists.

Here are the rules:

  • 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

The theme for this week is fear and, despite Helen’s reservations, this was an easy one for me as I can share one of my favourite songs which is by an absolute music legend:

 

“Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps)”

She had an horror of rooms
she was tired
you can’t hide beat
When I looked in her eyes they were blue but nobody home

She could’ve been a killer
if she didn’t walk the way she do,
and she do
She opened strange doors
that we’d never close again

She began to wail jealousies scream
Waiting at the light know what I mean

[CHORUS (twice)]
Scary monsters, super creeps
Keep me running, running scared

She asked me to stay
and I stole her room
She asked for my love
and I gave her a dangerous mind
Now she’s stupid in the street
and she can’t socialise
Well I love the little girl
and I’ll love her till the day she dies

She wails
Jimmy’s guitar sound
jealousies scream
Waiting at the light know what I mean

[CHORUS (twice)]

[CHORUS (twice)]

Run, Run, Run [ad lib]

Written and performed by David Bowie
I was a fan of Bowie’s from the age of about 12 or 13 quite simply because he was doing things that other artists weren’t and that didn’t change over the years. He would change his look, his style and his music over and over again; he surprised, he shocked, sometimes he even disturbed but, above all, he entertained! There is no doubt in my mind that the man was a musical genius and a great lyricist. There is one line in this particular song which just captured the dark side of my imagination the moment that I heard it:
She asked me to stay
and I stole her room
She asked for my love
and I gave her a dangerous mind
Is it the confession of a psychopath or the story of a drug user’s descent into madness?
This song won’t be to everyone’s taste and just in case here’s my other favourite song of Bowie’s which is just sublime; his delivery is simple, passionate and full of emotion:

 

And just to go against all the rules this week I have to share this with you just because the lyrics are pure poetry; they’re shown on the video but here’s an except to show you what I mean:

Some people are marching together and some on their own
Quite alone
Others are running, the smaller ones crawl
But some sit in silence, they’re just older children
That’s all

 

Right that’s it, I ‘m going to stop now because otherwise I’ll be here all day!

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone :O)

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday: Drive

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that life is treating you well :O) Well, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and here we all are with another Song Lyric Sunday brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’re a music lover why not join us and play along, it’s a great way of discovering new tunes and new blogging friends!

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that life is treating you well :O) Well, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and here we all are with another Song Lyric Sunday brought to us by the lovely Helen. If you’re a music lover why not join us and play along, it’s a great way of discovering new tunes and new blogging friends!

Here are the rules:

  • 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

So, the theme for this week is Drive and, I must admit I was torn between 2 tracks that I love so I’ve decided to be a rebel and share both of them with you

 

I had to escape , the city was sticky and cruel
Maybe I should have called you first
But I was dying to get to you
I was dreaming while I drove
The long straight road ahead
Uh-huh, yeah
Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night
What in this world keeps us from falling apart?
No matter where I go
I hear the beating of our one heart
I think about you when the night is cold and dark
Uh-huh, yeah
No one can move me the way that you do
Nothing erases this feeling between me and you
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?

I drove all night to get to you

Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Woke you from your sleep to make love to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night
Could taste your sweet kisses, your arms open wide
This fever for you was just burning me up inside
I drove all night to get to you
Is that all right?
I drove all night, crept in your room
Is that all right?
I drove all night
songwriters Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly
I chose this song not for the lyrics (I know, I know it says Song Lyric Sunday but what can I tell you) which frankly I’ve always thought were a bit creepy, I means who rocks up at someone’s house in the middle of the night, without calling first and then wakes them up just because they were feeling randy? No, I chose it for the unbelievable vocal performance by Roy Orbison; I’m not sure how many octaves he straddles in the song (perhaps one of you knows) but it’s seriously impressive! I also picked it because it’s the  first upbeat song that sprang to mind upon hearing this week’s theme; I usually pick really sad songs…….
Anyway, moving on to my second choice which is Drive by The Cars:

 

 

Who’s gonna tell you when
It’s too late
Who’s gonna tell you things
Aren’t so great
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Who’s gonna pick you up
When you fall
Who’s gonna hang it up
When you call
Who’s gonna pay attention
To your dreams
Who’s gonna plug their ears
When you scream
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Who’s gonna hold you down
When you shake
Who’s gonna come around
When you break
You can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Oh you know you can’t go on
Thinking nothing’s wrong
Who’s gonna drive you home tonight
Songwriters: Ric Ocasek
My friends and I used to play this song when we were teenagers, there was always some poor soul among us who had just been dumped and we’d listen to it over and over, crying and generally feeling sorry for ourselves. This would happen pretty much every other week so I got fed up with it after a while and moved on to the next tragic ballad (Careless Whisper or something like that no doubt) and then I heard it again a few years ago and all these memories of childish heartbreak came flooding back…..
Hope you enjoyed my choices; I’m looking forward to hearing yours :O)
Lisa
x

Song Lyric Sunday: Street

How was your week? Hope you had a good one whatever you’ve been up to :O) If you want a great way to start your day and you love music (who doesn’t!) why not join us playing Song Lyric Sunday? The brainchild of the lovely Helen who resides over at This thing called life one word at a time, we receive a one word prompt each week and, from that, we have to track down a suitable song and post a video link and lyrics. It’s great fun so why not give it a shot :O)

How was your week? Hope you had a good one whatever you’ve been up to :O) If you want a great way to start your day and you love music (who doesn’t!) why not join us playing Song Lyric Sunday? The brainchild of the lovely Helen who resides over at This thing called life one word at a time, we receive a one word prompt each week and, from that, we have to track down a suitable song and post a video link and lyrics. It’s great fun so why not give it a shot :O)

Here are all the rules:

  • 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

I’ve got to be honest, I’m not a huge Springsteen fan but as soon as I heard this song I absolutely loved it; the emotion in it is immediately evident and so raw. When you couple this with the heart-wrenching but sublime film Philadelphia, for which this was the theme tune, you cannot help but be moved. For anyone who doesn’t know the film, here’s a second video which will give you an indication of the superb acting by Tom Hanks in what must have been a most challenging part:

“Streets Of Philadelphia”

I was bruised and battered, I couldn’t tell what I felt
I was unrecognizable to myself
I saw my reflection in a window, I didn’t know my own face
Oh brother are you gonna leave me wastin’ away
On the Streets of Philadelphia

I walked the avenue, ’til my legs felt like stone
I heard the voices of friends vanished and gone
At night I could hear the blood in my veins
Just as black and whispering as the rain
On the Streets of Philadelphia

Ain’t no angel gonna greet me
It’s just you and I my friend
And my clothes don’t fit me no more
I walked a thousand miles
Just to slip this skin

The night has fallen, I’m lyin’ awake
I can feel myself fading away
So receive me brother with your faithless kiss
Or will we leave each other alone like this
On the Streets of Philadelphia

Written and performed by Bruce Springsteen

I hope that you love this song as much as I do and I wish you all a very happy Sunday

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Hey it’s Sunday! A very good morning to everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week :O) Well, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday (yay!), brought to us by the lovely Helen over at A thing called life one word at a time. If you’re a lover of music please join in, I promise that you will really enjoy it. There’s a different one word prompt every week and today it’s speak. If you fancy giving it a go, these are the rules:

Hey it’s Sunday! A very good morning to everyone, I hope you’ve all had a great week :O) Well, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday (yay!), brought to us by the lovely Helen over at A thing called life one word at a time. If you’re a lover of music please join in, I promise that you will really enjoy it. There’s a different one word prompt every week and today it’s speak. If you fancy giving it a go, these are the rules:

  • 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

I’ve taken a slightly off the wall approach to this as the lyrics to the song I’ve chosen are not about speech or speaking but they are words that are spoken from the heart. The singer is sharing something deeply personal with his audience; he is explaining to them, in his own special way that his life will soon be over. He speaks of his fear and sadness but he also tells his legion of fans that he will be a performer to the very end:

“Inside my heart is breaking.
My make-up may be flaking.
But my smile still stays on”

The singer is, of course, the incomparable Freddie Mercury who was loved by so many millions of people for his originality, his incredible voice, his energy and his larger than life performances. The song is The Show Must Go On:

Empty spaces.
What are we living for?
Abandoned places.
I guess we know the score.

On and on.
Does anybody know what we are looking for?

Another hero,
Another mindless crime
Behind the curtain
In the pantomime.

Hold the line.
Does anybody want to take it anymore?

Show must go on.
Show must go on.
Inside my heart is breaking.
My make-up may be flaking.
But my smile still stays on.

Whatever happens,
I’ll leave it all to chance.
Another heartache,
Another failed romance.

On and on.
Does anybody know what we are living for?

I guess I’m learning.
I must be warmer now.
I’ll soon be turning
‘Round the corner now.

Outside the dawn is breaking,
But inside in the dark I’m aching to be free.

Show must go on.
Show must go on.
Inside my heart is breaking.
My make-up may be flaking,
But my smile still stays on.

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies.
Fairytales of yesterday will grow but never die.
I can fly, my friends.

Show must go on.
Show must go on.
I’ll face it with a grin.
I’m never giving in—
Oh—with the show.

I’ll top the bill,
I’ll overkill.
I have to find the will to carry on with the show.
On with the show.

Show must go on.

Writer(s): Roger Taylor, Freddie Mercury, John Deacon, Brian May

I remember the first time that I heard this song and also the news that Freddie Mercury was dying of AIDs. I was struck by the power and the beauty of both the music and the lyrics but also by the courage that it must have taken to write and perform the song.

It’s one of my absolute favourites and I do so hope that you enjoy it :O)

Have a great Sunday

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Good morning and Happy Sunday :O) So, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and it’s time again for Song Lyric Sunday, introduced to us by the fabulous Helen over at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. If you’re a music fan I urge you to play along, I’ve been introduced to some fantastic new songs; if you’re up for it, here are the rules:

Good morning and Happy Sunday :O) So, another week has rolled by with alarming speed and it’s time again for Song Lyric Sunday, introduced to us by the fabulous Helen over at This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. If you’re a music fan I urge you to play along, I’ve been introduced to some fantastic new songs; if you’re up for it, here are the rules:

  • 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

The theme for this week is break and this is my choice:

Songwriters: Grant Nicholas / Jon Lee / Taka Hirose

Trying hard to face another day
No more left to give, nothing left to break
Melting in the sun, breathing in the day
Falling into love and climbing out again
There’s nowhere left to run
No more tears to cry
The river’s running dry
There’s no more left to give
Love has left me dry
Reaching out beneath a sea of pain
Riding high on waves of hope again
Chipping as the stone face cracks away
Crying out again as my bones break
There’s nowhere left to run
No more tears to cry
The river’s running dry
There’s no more left to give
Love has left me dry
Why is every minute like a year
What if we could save ourselves from this
Life is such a bitch and it gets worse
fate is like a rope around your neck
There’s nowhere left to run
No more tears to cry
The river’s running dry
There’s no more left to give
Love has left me dry, love has left me dry
The river’s running dry again

I’m not going to lie to you, this is not the most cheerful song ever written but it kind of sums up how I’ve been feeling this week so I thought I’d share it with you.

Hope you all have a wonderful Sunday

Lisa

x

Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that you’re enjoying your day :O) So, it’s time for us to share our favourite song lyrics based on this week’s theme which is ‘think’. As someone who doesn’t think outside the box but can sometimes be found rooting around in the deepest darkest corners, I decided to share a song with you which actually has no lyrics. Yes, you heard me right, no lyrics this week but the most beautiful piece of music and a video that I watched over and over again because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Happy Sunday fellow bloggers, I hope that you’re enjoying your day :O) So, it’s time for us to share our favourite song lyrics based on this week’s theme which is ‘think’. As someone who doesn’t think outside the box but can sometimes be found rooting around in the deepest darkest corners, I decided to share a song with you which actually has no lyrics. Yes, you heard me right, no lyrics this week but the most beautiful piece of music and a video that I watched over and over again because I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

This fantastic idea of sharing music that we love or inspires us came from Helen Vahdati and if you feel like joining in and flexing your cerebral muscles, these are the rules:

Here are the “rules”:

  • 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

So, back to the song:

This is Sacrifice, written by Lisa Gerrard and Peter Bourke and sung by Lisa herself.

The animation is Vita ex musica (2004) by Antoine Dekerle

It is rare to find a piece of music that reaches into your very soul but Sacrifice does that for me; it is powerful and deeply moving but, at the same time, almost hypnotic inasmuch as it leaves you with a profound sense of peace and regret when it ends.

The video matches the mood of the song completely. It is brilliantly innovative, weird and heartrendingly sad. It tells of a being, not of this world, who falls in love with a woman’s face, it is unmoving, expressionless but undeniably beautiful. He cannot stop thinking about her and can’t understand why she doesn’t respond to him, why she doesn’t awaken from her sleep…..

He has a gift which allows him to bring something back to life when it is on the very brink of death and he believes that he can revive this woman; he is alone in the World and desperate for companionship, for love. Although he is not something we would recognise as human the pain of his loneliness is palpable…

We see one moment of blissful hope and then watch as it dies in his eyes as he realises that even his rare gift will not be enough to revive this woman from her sleep. We feel his anger, his bitterness at his failure and his heartbreak at the unbearable cruelty of life.

For me this piece of music and its video are unique. I’m not sure that you’ll enjoy them  as such but, at the very least, I hope that they make you think….

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Happy Sunday everyone :O) Well I don’t know what happened to that week, do you? So, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday; if you haven’t joined in before why not have a go this week, it’s fun! The brainchild of the lovely Helen Vahdati; we are prompted each week to come up with a song that, for us, best encapsulates the word for the day which, this week, is ‘games’. 

Happy Sunday everyone :O) Well I don’t know what happened to that week, do you? So, here we are again, it’s time for Song Lyric Sunday; if you haven’t joined in before why not have a go this week, it’s fun! The brainchild of the lovely Helen Vahdati; we are prompted each week to come up with a song that, for us, best encapsulates the word for the day which, this week, is ‘games‘.

If you’d like to play along, here are the rules:

  • 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

So here’s mine for this week and it’s Wicked Games which was written and performed by Chris Isaak:

This song opens with a guitar riff which is both haunting and sublime; it is the relaxing sound of a summer night laying in a hammock looking at the stars combined with notes of heartbreak and loss.

Issak’s voice is, at first, deep, soft and caressing; he is speaking intimately to someone he is falling deeply in love with.  It then soars through the octaves and you start to hear his pain; he knows that the object of his affection will hurt him and he is desperate not to fall further.

He gives us the impression that he is helpless, cannot control his feelings and so he blames the focus of his attention, accusing them of playing ‘wicked games’ and then almost of cruelty with the line:

“What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way”.

As the song moves on you can feel him being torn between his desire and the pain that he knows he will, inevitably suffer. He wants to fall in love but a voice is telling him that, if he does, his heart will be broken. The very last line suggests that whether he falls or not it will make no difference as ‘nobody loves no-one’.

This is one of my favourite songs so I really hope that you enjoy it, here are the lyrics if you want to sing along:

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d meet somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you.

No, I don’t want to fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I don’t want to fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you, with you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)

What a wicked game you play to make me feel this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to let me dream of you.
What a wicked thing to say, you never felt this way.
What a wicked thing to do, to make me dream of you

And I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you.

The world was on fire and no one could save me but you.
It’s strange what desire will make foolish people do.
I never dreamed that I’d love somebody like you.
And I never dreamed that I’d lose somebody like you,

No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I wanna fall in love (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
With you (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
No, I… (this girl is only gonna break your heart)
(this girl is only gonna break your heart)

Nobody loves no one.

 

Have a great Sunday everyone :O)

Lisa x

Song Lyric Sunday

Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away

I can’t believe it’s Sunday again and time for Song Lyric Sunday which was  created by Helen Vahdati over at  This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

The theme for Song Lyric Sunday this week is “dream.”

I’ve chosen Dream On by Aerosmith which is an absolutely wonderful song both musically and lyrically. It tells of someone who is facing the reality of getting older (yep can definitely identify with that one!) and is looking back over their life with sadness and regret at the beginning but with acceptance and resignation at the end. The tune at the beginning is sad and haunting but rises throughout the song  to a lovely, guitar ladened crescendo.

I think that life is pretty much like that; the older you get the more accepting you are of the world around and the more the realisation comes upon you that it won’t last forever. We have to enjoy every moment because we never know if it will be our last…….

Every time when I look in the mirror
All these lines on my face getting clearer
The past is gone
It went by, like dusk to dawn
Isn’t that the way
Everybody’s got the dues in life to pay
I know nobody knows
Where it comes and where it goes
I know it’s everybody sin
You got to lose to know how to win
Half my life
Is books, written pages
Live and learn from fools and
From sages
You know it’s true, oh
All these feelings come back to you
Sing with me, sing for the years
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tears
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
Yeah, sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me, just for today
Maybe tomorrow, the good Lord will take you away
[Songwriter: Steven Tyler]

 

Sing with me this Sunday because you never know when the good Lord’s going to take you away ;O)

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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Imagine There’s No Heaven….

Does the thought that are lives are somehow guided by a divine being comfort us or stop us looking inside ourselves and reaching our true potential as human beings?

...It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

If there was no reward after death for the good and kind deeds that we do during our life -time would people still be moved to do them? If, at the same time, we knew for sure that there was no chance of punishment after death, would we be more predisposed to commit ‘evil’ deeds in the name of self-gratification? Does the thought that are lives are somehow guided by a divine being comfort us or stop us looking inside ourselves and reaching our true potential as human beings?

If we had no worries about yesterday and no fear of tomorrow would we all live more happily and peacefully today? If we could all live in the moment without judgement or criticism, could we finally find a way to co-exist without hatred and war?

These lyrics, by John Lennon, are, in my opinion, the most profound and timeless of any song ever written.

What song lyrics have stayed with you and continue to inspire you?

Lisa x