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30 January 2007

Song Lyrics

Song LyricsI used to care about song lyrics. It’s not all bad, don’t get me wrong. For example, I’m happy I don’t get excited over Billy Joel’s lyrics anymore. “They’re sharing a drink they call loneliness, but it’s better than drinking alone.” I copied that one into my high school planner and circled it a few times for effect. And also Dire Straits: “There's so many different worlds, So many different suns. And we have just one world, But we live in different ones.” It rhymes, it’s catchy, it’s got it’s own inner logic, but… Thank God I’m not a teenager anymore.


But what about the good stuff? The other day I played “Cars” by Built to Spill, and remembered sitting in the rented appartment in London in my early twenties, listening to people talk about the beauty of lyrics, and I remembered them playing that song again and again saying they, too, would like to see movies of their dreams. That, I miss.


Maybe it’s not about age but about the weight of life. Unbearable lightness my ass. You move a few times, sometimes in the same city, then across the ocean to another continent. You deal with jobs and with crazy bosses and insane co-workers. You search for love. You drink. You smoke and spend the rest of your life trying to quit. You have sex. You spend time and energy trying to have more sex. You buy stuff. You lose pens and lighters. You deal with the plumber and you argue with the cable company. You always get screwed by the local garage. Always. You get sick and healthy and sick again. You do your taxes.


And then, before you know it, you forget you used to wish you could see movies of your dreams.


Life is funny like that.

16 comments:

Secret Simon said...

Yes, we go through life accumulating nasty stuff, much of which we shove like a load of dust under the rug. Then eventually we reach a stage where there's so much of it that the rug can't hold it any more, and it starts spilling out all over the place. How can you think of dreams any more with all this c**p around you? Not only that, it starts to get in the way of you living your everyday life.

So you try to find ways to deal with it.Some people go into therapy, but that's never appealed to me. Examining every piece of s**t as you throw it into the bin can do as much harm as good. I prefer meditation and the other 'spiritual' techniques I talk about on my blog, which are supposed to dissolve all this stuff without us having to investigate what it actually is and where it comes from. Theoretically, at least. I'll let you know when I get it all sorted...

I'd like to quote an appropriate lyric here to finish with, but nothing comes to mind, so I'll just say "gabba gabba hey" by the Ramones. That usually suffices when other words fail me.

People in the Sun said...

These lyrics are as meaningful as any if they relate to you. I guess they are as relevant as "I want to see movies of my dreams" if they remind you of a certain time and the certain person you are or used to be.

Maybe I should just move on; realize I used to be a sensitive but silly teenager, then I became a conflicted twenty-something, and now I'm just me, whatever that means.

JoeBlogs said...

I can never remember lyrics, I guess the melody is most important to me.

durante vita said...

Conflicted twenty-something, I know what that's like.

I look forward to my thirties because I feel like I'm spending so much of my twenties in school, and transitioning from a job to a career, and trying to learn from mistakes. So I assume 30 and up will be a little easier.

But I won't be a fool about this. If anyone wants to burst this bubble, please do, because I hate surprises.

Ricardo said...

Yep, as the pressures of life build these things fall by the wayside. But always set some time aside for those dreams. They may not be as out of reach or crazy as we think.

People in the Sun said...

Joeblogs, I used to think lyrics were written by people who read my unwritten biography. Now that I care more about the music I feel something is missing.

Durante, I don't know anything more; I'm just expected to know more, so I pretend.

Ricardo, it's been a while. Good to have you back. I see you have followed your own advice. As for me, I first have to be excited about my dreams again. Actually achieving goals has always seemed like the easier part.

celebrity said...

Very interesting and well written article. Thank you!

People in the Sun said...

Celebrity, very interesting and well written comment. Thank you!

(and thanks for having a site with naked celebrities. Naked celebrities on the internet? How did you come up with that? When you write your autobiography "How I Became a Millionaire by Posting Stupid Comments," remember I was there, encouraging you from the start. Thank you!)

Sebastien said...

I loved Built to Spill, haven't heard them in a while though! I tend to be a melody person myself...

Yeah, I really dig what you're saying. But through it all, there's one thing that matters to me, people. Love for your family, for friends or lovers, and for yourself too!

Not really mind blowing what I'm saying, but I've been forced to think about it since I've gotten sick, you get a little contemplative when the world is whirling around you and you are stuck. I can get a little, existential, or something, but thinking about the people that I love and who care about me really helps.

People in the Sun said...

Sebastien, Built to Spill actually have a song about listening to song lyrics ("You Were Right"), so I know I'm not alone in thinking about words. At the same time, when I saw them live all I could think was that he was the most amazing guitar player I'd ever seen.

As for the rest of it, obsession about what lyrics mean to me personally is quite an egocentric activity, and maybe not thinking about these things anymore is not such a bad thing. Maybe it means I'm less self-obsessed. Then again, my blog is pretty self-obsessed...

Sebastien said...

I would've loved to have seen them live.

Hey, it's good to be self-obsessed sometimes!

I think you were harsh to Celebrity, if only more people could be like Celebrity and post such in depth comments. And also have a naked celebrity site, that's what the internet is about I guess...

People in the Sun said...

Hey, I thanked Celebrity from the bottom of my heart. (I saw the exact same comment on one of FC's blogs. He posts a petition from Amnesty for closing Guantanamo, and Celebrity comments "Very interesting and well written article. Thank you!" At least I don't get comments from the guy with the Arsenal blog anymore).

I feel I am self-obsessed, but I hope the things I write resonate to an extent with others and their own experiences. We all think we know everything when we're sixteen, and we all feel strange when we find out year after year that we need to re-adjust our views. And we all try to forget our aunts' butts.

Tracey said...

What wonderful words you write...I find that lyrics become more and more important to me as I get older...I need to have meaning behind the music. It's amazing though how just one song can keep a memory from long ago so fresh in our minds...

People in the Sun said...

Thanks Tracy. I've been thinking, maybe it's because most songs today are written by people younger than me, and it's not easy to imagine a twenty-year old who's capable of relating to my experience or to some kind of human collective consciousness. But I know it's just arrogance on my side. That simply may be the first sign of getting old and stupid (and irrelevant).

Frances said...

Found you on BlogExplosion.
You got me to thinking about all those song lyrics that mean something.
I swear the inside of my head sounds like the easy listening station.

People in the Sun said...

Frances, the inside of my head sounds like Joe Jackson's "Look Sharp" album and like The Flaming Lips' "The Soft Bulletin." If I'm sad, it sounds like Acetone and if I'm happy it sounds like "Little Fluffy Clouds" by The Orb. But when I'm all alone and there's no one around to judge me, it sounds like Billy Joel. But don't tell anyone.

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