“Then one day you find, ten years have got behind you, no one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.” – Pink Floyd – Time
These words pierced through the clutter in my brain to hit me with the force of a Mike Tyson uppercut. I was approaching 30 years old and having a having a heck of a lot of fun. My twenty something years were what the kids now would call “epic.” I was living in the heart of Federal Hill with an awesome apartment, I was out every night, no real responsibility, and knew people wherever I went. On the surface that sounds pretty great. But I deep down I knew there had to be more. I was just kicking it live until it was time to grow up. One night, while hanging out in said cool apartment, these lyrics spoke to me as if they were written to send a personal message. Pink Floyd can do that to you. The message was clear. I was waiting on me.
“If you chose not to decide you still have made a choice.” – Rush
A few days ago, I wrote about running and mentioned how music can provide a boost or take you to another place. I believe I called it a “brain flush.” The essence of that ability to transport you away from your current situation usually lies in the lyrics.
“We learned more from a 3 minute record than we ever learned in school” – Bruce Springsteen – No Surrender
A singer / songwriter / poet, can say things for me and to me that I can’t say myself. I find this to be inspiring and a tailwind. They can touch a nerve buried deep inside that brings emotion to the forefront. They can take you back to a place you had long since forgotten and suddenly it’s like it was yesterday. They can inspire you to love more, be more and understand others with more clarity. They are able to summarize how you feel when otherwise your emotions put your vocabulary on lockdown.
“So Cosmo says you’re fat. Well I ain’t down with that. ‘Cause your waist is small and your curves are kickin’” – Does this really need to be sourced?????
I didn’t say all lyrics are profound. I said the good ones provoke emotion. If you know
someone who doesn’t smile or lighten up just a little when they hear the masterful stylings of Sir Mix A Lot’s “Baby Got Back?” You can leave them at home when attending my house party.
I’m curious to know, is there a lyric of a song that spoke to you and made an impact on your world? If so, what is it?
“Even the genius asks questions” – 2 Pak – Me Against the World