A lot of people like to trash John Lennon’s memory by claiming he was a hypocrite, because he espoused certain spiritual values and yet had the nerve to struggle with his very human flaws.
I don’t know any perfect people. Do you?
Anyway, I just heard one of my favorite songs of his, the Beatles-era Across The Universe, and I certainly wish more people saw the world the way he did:
Sounds of laughter, shades of earth
Are ringing through my open views
Inciting and inviting me
Limitless undying love
Which shines around me like a million suns
It calls me on and on, across the universe
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a common phenomenon that I’m sure most people experience, at least occasionally, that of hearing a song and having it stuck in your head for a considerable length of time.
And while I was thinking at that time of the melody of a song, for me the same thing can happen with a song lyric. Not the lyrics to the whole song, but a particular line or verse or chorus.
And so, I’ve decided to create a new series here at Fish & Bicycles — Lyric of the Day — to document these cases of lyrics-on-the-brain.
Today’s lyric comes courtesy of the hauntingly beautiful song, Feeling Yourself Disintegrate, from the 1999 album The Soft Bulletin by The Flaming Lips.
In our life
Is just too valuable
Oh, to feel
For even a second
It’s a wonderfully constructed, romantic verse, leaving you hanging, pondering how anyone could deem love too valuable to feel, only to have the last line make you feel silly for even considering such a ridiculous notion.