Song Lyric Sunday 11/13/16 – Expressing Ourselves Through Music

So interestingly this week’s Song Lyric Sunday is just to express our feelings through music. Man oh man, I have a lot to say as a result of the events of this week so I couldn’t pick just one song. I could have picked dozens of them but I’ve managed to narrow it down to three.

Firstly, I’m very saddened. As such, as much as it kills me, I must return to the first song I ever featured when I started participating in this prompt: “Mad World.” Quite frankly never has the lyric “the dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had” more resonated with me than it has this week. Originally by Tears for Fears, this week I’m featuring a duet between Gary Jules (who covered the song) and Curt Smith of T4F (who sang it originally). It’s pure gold. An interesting tidbit – when he first recorded his cover, Gary Jules misheard the next-to-last lyric and sang “enlarging your world” as if that made any sense at all. The correct lyric is “Halargian world” which Smith just kind of threw in as a joke (Halarge is a fictional planet) but the producers loved it so they kept it.

All around me are familiar faces
Worn out places
Worn out faces
Bright and early for their daily races
Going nowhere
Going nowhere

And their tears are filling up their glasses
No expression
No expression
Hide my head I want to drown my sorrow
No tomorrow
No tomorrow

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world
Mad world

Children waiting for the day they feel good
Happy birthday
Happy birthday
Made to feel the way that every child should
Sit and listen
Sit and listen

Went to school and I was very nervous
No one knew me
No one knew me
Hello, teacher, tell me what’s my lesson?
Look right through me
Look right through me

And I find it kind of funny
I find it kind of sad
The dreams in which I’m dying are the best I’ve ever had
I find it hard to tell you
‘Cause I find it hard to take
When people run in circles it’s a very very
Mad world
Mad world
Halargian world
Mad world
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/tearsforfears/madworld.html

The next feeling I have is angst/fear. Due to the results of the election, I have made the bold decision to resign from my job and relocate to a liberal state where I will still have protections even when DJT’s SCOTUS picks overturn Obergefell v. Hodges and when he and his GOP-controlled congress and him repeal the Americans with Disabilities Act. Of course, this decision comes with a certain level of fear as there is always the possibility of failure, despite thinking it’s time for a new adventure.

To express this, I’m featuring my favorite Kansas song (which I might or might not have featured here before – I don’t remember): “Fight Fire with Fire.”

There’s a hole in the wall
With a light shining in
And it’s letting me know to get up
It’s time to begin

Oh there is nothing to lose
‘Cause it’s already lost
In a runaway world
Of confusion
I’m not gonna take it

That’s why I’ll fight fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
And I don’t want to lose this flamin’ desire

Standing alone
In a crowded room
I can feel a chill in the air
I’m shakin’

I’m miles away
I want to cry out loud
I want to fight ’til the end
And I won’t let ’em take me alive

And you know I’ll fight fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
And I don’t wanna lose this flamin’ desire

Fire with fire
Oh I’m out of control and I want you to know I’m fightin’
Fire with Fire
And I’m never gonna lose this flamin’ desire

Fire with fire
Oh I’m burning inside and my heart is a-cryin’
Fire with fire
And I’m never gonna lose this flamin’ desire

Fire with fire
I’m out of control and I want you to know I’m fightin’
Fire with Fire
Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa 
Fire
Source: Lyrics transcribed by me as I found nowhere with the correct lyrics.

Lastly is a song that is true of the journey on which I’m about to embark. I’ve never much ventured out of my little bubble, save for my brief stint away from my little town when I went to grad school. It’s never been clearer that it’s time for me to move on and strike out on my own. It’s time for me to spread my wings and learn how to fly, make a wish, take a chance and make a change, but I’ll always love my family and my home town. Hence my final choice for this prompt: “Breakaway” by Kelly Clarkson.

Grew up in a small town
And when the rain would fall down
I’d just stare out my window
Dreaming of what could be
And if I’d end up happy
I would pray (I would pray)

Trying hard to reach out
But when I tried to speak out
Felt like no one could hear me
Wanted to belong here
But something felt so wrong here
So I prayed I could break away

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes ’til I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

Wanna feel the warm breeze
Sleep under a palm tree
Feel the rush of the ocean
Get on board a fast train
Travel on a jet plane far away
And breakaway

I’ll spread my wings and I’ll learn how to fly
I’ll do what it takes ’til I touch the sky
And I’ll make a wish
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget all the ones that I love
I’ll take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway

Buildings with a hundred floors
Swinging ’round revolving doors
Maybe I don’t know where they’ll take me
But gotta keep moving on, moving on
Fly away, breakaway

I’ll spread my wings
And I’ll learn how to fly
Though it’s not easy to tell you goodbye
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway
Out of the darkness and into the sun
But I won’t forget the place I come from
I gotta take a risk
Take a chance
Make a change
And breakaway, breakaway, breakaway
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/kellyclarkson/breakaway.html

Anyway, these are the songs I chose to put into words how I feel this week. I think the lyrics speak for themselves and I can only hope that my future has some bright shining star somewhere along the way in the despairing road of darkness that will likely be the next four years of my life (if I make it through without losing it and ending my story along the way).

We shall see what the future holds I suppose.

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3 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 11/13/16 – Expressing Ourselves Through Music

  1. The story you tell with the three songs is poignant. I hope you find what you are looking for in your move… sometimes change just has to be blunt. Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Take care! ❤

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    • I hope so too. As with anything there is a certain degree of uncertainty but it’s a chance you have to take sometimes. All I know is for certain I won’t survive Hairpiece’s presidency living in the conservative deep south.

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      • My daughter is in North Carolina and she said the KKK was marching down the street the morning after the election. I was shocked and scared. I hope you find a place where you feel safe. Everyone deserves to feel safety in their home. ❤️

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