My World in Lyrics

28 Oct

Sometimes I think that my vocabluary is 85% song lyrics. Often a song has the power to totally define what I am going through. When I find a song that moves me, it will be  played with annoying (for other people) regularity until I have exhausted the effect it has on me. “Wild at Heart” by Gloriana was one of those songs and still defines me to this day. As do a few other songs that always remind me who I am and where I have come from. They are comforting, invigorating and inspiring all at the same time.

Some songs completely define times and places in my life and have the power to transport me back in time. U2’s “Mysterious Ways” will always take me back to high school and Caroline’s Room in Edgemead. The Cranberries “Zombie” takes me back to a happy year in PE. “Wonderwall” takes me back to walking though the tennis courts to the Neelsie in Stellenbosch. “Survivor” will always have me striding up Sonstraal Road. “I wish I was a punk rocker” will always remind me of being pregnant with Adam.

I can be completely seduced by the perfect song lyrics. Mumford and Sons have some near perfect lines: “plant your hope with good seeds, don’t cover yourself with thistle and weeds”. The Parlotones do it for me every time “On an insignificant planet of a humdrum star I found significance in the shape of your heart”. Snow Patrol:  “and just watch you as the rays tangle up around your face and body”. I often joke that the way to my heart is paved with song lyrics.

These songs either tell a part of my story or remind me of where I’ve been and what I’ve experienced. They all remind me of what I have felt and learnt along the way.

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One Response to “My World in Lyrics”

  1. Cazpi October 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm #

    Music is amazing. It’s like smells of childhood. Lyrics do wonderful and sad and happy and heart broken, all within 20 minutes of each other – even years on. I do love it. ps: I ❤ punk rocker. Used to force poor Matti to listen to me screeching it in the car wahahaha

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