A Lyric Study (Not as Boring as it Sounds)

Somehow I published this originally as a page on my blog.  I have no idea what that even means.  Maybe they have a WordPress for dummies book.  Anyway sorry? I think.

Here it is as a post.

I was being teased about my vacuum issues the other day.  What I left out of my Dirt Devil story was that I stripped the screw and had to go to Home Depot to get a drill bit so I could get the stripped screw out.

I told you I am crazy dedicated.

I am also very glad that my mom liked the Brian Williams clip, she can be the next one we teach the song to on our road trip to Arkansas in August.


Speaking of songs.  It might not come as a surprise that I really get into songs.  I just really like music, (again shocking).  When I listen to a song I really listen to the lyrics and pay attention to how the composer uses the music to enhance the poetry (lyrics) and ultimately convey what he/she wants the listener to feel.  Sometimes it is just for fun (Rapper’s Delight) but sometimes the meaning is deeper and when you really pay attention to what the composer is trying to say and really LISTEN without distraction it can really grab your heart.  So I thought I’d give you two examples today. An early Renaissance piece by one of my favorite composers John Dowland and a pop tune by Phillip Phillips.

This Dowland piece Come Again Sweet Love is a song about deep love that when they are together you die from joy but as the second verse comes in you see that when the other is not around they die as well.  He uses the word die to convey both joy and sorrow.

Read the lyrics and then listen to the song with eyes closed and with your full attention. Listen how Dowland uses the music to convey the text.

Come again! sweet love doth now invite
Thy graces that refrain
To do me due delight,
To see, to hear, to touch, to kiss, to die,
With thee again in sweetest sympathy.

Come again! that I may cease to mourn
Through thy unkind disdain;
For now left and forlorn
I sit, I sigh, I weep, I faint, I die
In deadly pain and endless misery

Promise you’ll close your eyes and really listen?

OK here it is (I apologize for the static, but one of my favorite groups)

The second song I am going to share is the song Gone Gone Gone by Phillip Phillips.  This song grabs me and twists my heart because my Middle School Chorus sang it so well at our concert in March and then on our last rehearsal they pulled it up on youtube and sang it to me.


The words talk about being something to someone.  I am sure he was referring to a lover but it doesn’t have to be that.  We changed the words “sleep alone” to “be alone” and it changes the song to talk about being selfless to someone who needs it, and accepting selflessness from each other.

Don’t we all need people to be selfless.

Don’t we all need to be selfless.

Here are the lyrics.

When life leaves you high and dry
I’ll be at your door tonight
If you need help, if you need help.
I’ll shut down the city lights,
I’ll lie, cheat, I’ll beg and bribe
To make you well, to make you well.

When enemies are at your door
I’ll carry you away from war
If you need help, if you need help.
Your hope dangling by a string
I’ll share in your suffering
To make you well, to make you well.

Give me reasons to believe
That you would do the same for me.

And I would do it for you, for you.
Baby, I’m not moving on
I’ll love you long after you’re gone.
For you, for you.
You will never be alone.
I’ll love you long after you’re gone
And long after you’re gone, gone, gone.

When you fall like a statue
I’m gon’ be there to catch you
Put you on your feet, you on your feet.
And if your well is empty
Not a thing will prevent me.
Tell me what you need, what do you need?

I surrender honestly.
You’ve always done the same for me.


You’re my back bone.
You’re my cornerstone.
You’re my crutch when my legs stop moving.
You’re my head start.
You’re my rugged heart.
You’re the pulse that I’ve always needed.
Like a drum, baby, don’t stop beating.
Like a drum, baby, don’t stop beating.
Like a drum, baby, don’t stop beating.
Like a drum my heart never stops beating…


Don’t be tempted to watch the video.  Just close your eyes listen to how he uses the music to portray the lyrics.

I want to be that kind of person, to be selfless and to accept selflessness from others.  It is kind of funny that the accepting selflessness from others is harder for me.  I would venture to say that is the part that is harder for most.

but I would do it for you.

More Later


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