Posted by: Rob | May 1, 2008

Song Lyric Thursday

I know it’s past Thursday this week, but it’s my blog and so I’m posting this anyways. A couple of the blogs I read regularly have a regular weekly feature called Song Lyric Thursday. It seems that a song is selected based on how the lyrics resonate with the mood of the blogger on that particular day. Although I’m not exactly short of ideas for things to write about on this blog, I do find that it is quite time-consuming to sit down and put a cogent, coherent piece together. There is still a lot of the time when I really have the attention span of a gnat. Well, okay, pretty much all of the time.

And, so without further ado, I’m introducing my shamelessly stolen idea to post song lyrics on Thursdays. Hopefully I know enough songs to keep this up for awhile.

This song I listened to today on my iPod in the truck as I went into town for a doctor’s appointment. There are many songs that I’ve listened to and had how I relate to them change because of life events. This particular tune was mostly a poignant ballad with a great melody before my late wife was diagnosed with the disease that would ultimately claim her life. Her birthday is coming up in a week or so, the second since she’s been gone. Mother’s Day is the same weekend, as well. The compounding of dates and events weighs heavily upon me right now and this song, written by Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins, now verbalizes some of my thoughts and feelings in relation to memories evoked this time of year.


written by Billy Corgan

I fear that I’m ordinary, just like everyone
To lie here and die among the sorrows
Adrift among the days
For everything I ever said
And everything I’ve ever done is gone and dead
As all things must surely have to end
And great lovers will one day have to part
I know that I am meant for this world
My life has been extraordinary
Blessed and cursed and won
Time heals but I’m forever broken
By and by the way…
Have you ever heard the words
I’m singing in these songs?
It’s for the girl I’ve loved all along
Can a taste of love be so wrong
As all things must surely have to end
And great lovers will one day have to part
I know that I am meant for this world
And in my mind as I was floating
Far above the clouds
Some children laughed I’d fall for certain
For thinking that I’d last forever
But I knew exactly where I was

And I knew the meaning of it all
And I knew the distance to the sun
And I knew the echo that is love
And I knew the secrets in your spires
And I knew the emptiness of youth
And I knew the solitude of heart
And I knew the murmurs of the soul
And the world is drawn into your hands
And the world is etched upon your heart
And the world so hard to understand
Is the world you can’t live without
And I knew the silence of the world


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