Song a Day (5)

Five days ago, my friend Beach tagged me for ‘a song a day’ challenge. Today is the last day. The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available. I’ve suspended nominations because, because, because…

I finish with this song because it reminds me of all the friends I’ve lost touch with over the years. I wonder where everyone landed. I thought about adding a little slide show after the lyrics:  me with my friends misbehaving back in the day.  I even went so far as to load them in. And I changed my mind after I did it. My friend Kurt looked so young in the photo of us together. We were 21, in our last year of college, our future bright and shining before us, running around New York City having the time of our lives. It just made me sad…

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

So take the photographs, and still-frames in your mind
Hang them on a shelf in good health and good time
Tattoo’s of memories and dead skin on trial
For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life

It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end is right
I hope you had the time of your life

 

Song a Day (4)

My friend Beach tagged me for ‘a song a day’ challenge. Beach is tremendous fun and has an amazing photography blog  you don’t want to miss. The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available. I’m supposed to nominate two other bloggers but…

Ok here’s the deal… one of the things that happens with these challenges and awards is that your friends are all friends with your friends and everyone is nominating everyone and so forth. So I am going to suspend with the nominations going forward.

Muse, I have a complicated opinion of this band. I love some of their songs and absolutely detest others. I think when they get it right, they are brilliant to the extreme. The lyrics of ‘Madness’ remind me how it feels when you fall hard in love. Sometimes it is like madness. It transforms you, consumes you. And don’t we all have that one person –maybe not even the one you’re with– who can trigger the madness when you think about them?

I, I can’t get these memories out of my mind
And some kind of madness has started to evolve
I, I tried so hard to let you go
But some kind of madness is swallowing me whole, yeah

I have finally seen the light
And I have finally realized
What you mean
Oh oh oh

And now, I need to know is this real love
Or is it just madness keeping us afloat?
And when I look back at all the crazy fights we had
Like some kind of madness
Was taking control
Yeah

And now I have finally seen the light
And I have finally realized
What you need
Mm

And now I have finally seen the end (Finally seen the end)
And I’m not expecting you to care (Expecting you to care)
But I have finally seen the light (Finally seen the light)
I have finally realized (Realized)
I need to love
I need to love

Come to me,
Trust in your dream
Come on and rescue me
Yes I have known, I can be wrong
Maybe I’m too headstrong
Our love is
Madness

Song a Day (3)

My friend Beach tagged me for ‘a song a day’ challenge. Beach is tremendous fun and has an amazing photography blog; seriously art-worthy! The rules are to post the lyrics of a favorite song five days in a row, explain what they mean to you (if you like) and add the video if available. I’m supposed to nominate two other bloggers but they should not feel obligated to do this. I know we’re all busy. Today I nominate:

Rob (Friends Without Borders)

Ritu (But I Smile Anyway)

The Foo Fighters are one of my favorite bands. They are incredible in concert. No one is having more fun than Dave Grohl. The theme of this song is starting over, learning to walk again, getting a second chance. That’s the way I feel embarking on this writing life in my middle years. It’s why I use the Oscar Wilde quote “He who lives more lives than one, more deaths than one must die,” as my blog’s tagline. I’m on my second life, shoveling dirt on the first one and getting ready to walk again.

A million miles away
Your signal in the distance
To whom it may concern
I think I lost my way
Getting good at starting over
Every time that I return

Learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
Learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
Where do I begin?

Do you remember the days?
We built these paper mountains
Then sat and watched them burn
I think I found my place
Can’t you feel it growing stronger
Little conquerors

Learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
Learning to talk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?

Now,
For the very first time
Don’t you pay no mind
Set me free, again
To keep alive, a moment at a time
That’s still inside, a whisper to a riot
The sacrifice, the knowing to survive
The first decline, another state of mind
I’m on my knees, I’m praying for a sign
Forever, whenever, I never wanna die

I never wanna die
I never wanna die
I’m on my knees, I never wanna die
I’m dancing on my grave
I’m running through the fire
Forever, whenever
I never wanna die
I never wanna leave
I’ll never say goodbye
Forever, whenever
Forever, whenever

Learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Where do I begin?
Learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?
Where do I begin?

Learning to walk again
I believe I’ve waited long enough
Learning to talk again
Can’t you see I’ve waited long enough?