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Day 20: A song that has many meanings to you

Runner-Up: Lay Your Hands by The Thompson Twins

Winner: The World I Know by Collective Soul

Just like ‘Lay Your Hands’ this song is open to many interpretations, but I want to talk about the “spiritual” one in this post especially the second verse.

Let’s face it, we live in a fallen corrupted world where every immoral thing is considered good. “Are we listening?” is asking are we listening to the inner voice within? Are our ears open to “Hymns of offering” and “Have we eyes to see?” We’re spiritually blind (and deaf) to this world and we can only see when the Holy Spirit dwells within us. Do not become drunk with the world. “That love is gathering” (Brothers and sisters. All those who have the dwelling of the Holy Spirit). 

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“All the words that I’ve been reading” (the Holy Bible) “Have now started the act of bleeding. Into one, into one” (becoming one with God because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit). When the narrator “walk up high” on that tall building to “see my world below” something awakens in him and he changes his mind about committing suicide. He connected with God on a spiritual level and was able to reflect on the world from His point of view. He realized that his pain and suffering is small compared to what others are going through daily hence “And I laugh at myself. While the tears roll down.”

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Songs are always open to interpretations and this one can go either way (I talked about this very same song last evening), and although it’s hard not to miss the spiritual feeling in this one, don’t read much into it. It’s sadness and joy and the realization that although the world is not good, there is redemption. The video is another thing entirely altogether for it may not reflect the song this way, but I’ve never seen the video and the original is nowhere to be found on YouTube. I heard it was quite powerful.

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So I walk up on high
And I step to the edge
To see my world below
And I laugh at myself
While the tears roll down
‘Cause it’s the world I know
Oh it’s the world I know

 

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Day 19: A song that makes you think about life

Well, to be honest, a few songs did make me think about life when I first heard them:

Graduation (Friends Forever) by Vitamin C – This bittersweet song made me reflect on my school life and the friends I had back then. Friends forever? Well, I’m not one to have a lot of friends given that I am not a social butterfly and trust back then was something I couldn’t count on. And to be honest, I am glad that I didn’t have to see the majority of classmates again once school was out for good.

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Paradise by Coldplay – This song hits the heart hard. When we’re young, we expect the world of our dreams/imagination. But when we finally get there, it’s not what it’s cracked up to be but “life goes on, it gets so heavy” and we have to keep fighting our battles. Despite the tough times “I know the sun must set to rise” meaning that there’s always another day for progress. At the end of the day, we all live in hope and faith. Aerosmith’s Dream On’ has a similar narrative.

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Another song is The World I Know by Collective Soul. It’s about losing hope in humanity and that’s not so easy to do. All you have to do is look around! Because of how corrupted we’ve become with our thoughts and actions, the earth just keeps crying out for blood. Most of us choose the negative such as greed and hatred over love and empathy. However, at that moment the narrator decides to do away with the world, the realization hits him like a ton of bricks and his eyes are open and it’s the world I know versus what the world could be like. However, there is a certain spiritual aspect to the song that I’ll discuss in a later post.

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One of the saddest, yet truest songs ever written is The Living Years by Mike + The Mechanics. Don’t leave things unsaid for when that person dies, it hurt us even more. If there is someone you’re not talking to out of spite, put that behind and make amends for life is too short. Listen to what people are trying to say even if you may not like the good advice you think is bad at the time. Let people know you care; don’t hold grudges especially where it concerns your loved ones. 

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And last but not least, my reflection song, Man In the Mirror by Michael Jackson. The message is simple: before you change the world (or address any situation for that matter), look at yourself within and change. How can you change the world if you can’t start with yourself? A mirror reflects who we are. If we keep seeing the same man or woman in the mirror, then we must change that. We need to become selfless, not selfish. 

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I’m starting with the man in the mirror
I’m asking him to change his ways
And no message could have been any clearer
If you wanna make the world a better place
Take a look at yourself and then make a change