Free Life

For those of you who know me, you know I love music–all kinds. Thanks to my younger friends, I’m into this thing right now called “Pandora Radio” or the Music Genome Project. You can create your own radio stations based on songs, artists or genre’s. The beauty of the site is that it kicks out music that you may or may not be familiar with so you get to hear lots of “new” artists without buying complete cd’s.

Anyway, the last few days I’ve been listening to The Pogues radio (they’re an Irish band) which plays not only the Pogues, but groups whose sound is similar.

One of the songs that keeps popping up is called “Free Life” by Dan Wilson. The words of the chorus struck me:

And in the air the questions hang

Will we get to do something?

Who we gonna end up being?

How we gonna end up feeling?

What you gonna spend your free life on ?

What you gonna spend your free life on? That question rings in my ears and pierces my heart. Firstly do I live free? and if so, What do I spend this free life on? Empty dreams, vain pursuits, right living, self preservation, self protection, doing good, being better?

As I’m writing, trying to think of a way to wrap this up, another song comes to mind…Yahweh by U2:

Take these shoes

Click clacking down some dead end street

Take these shoes

And make them fit

Take this shirt

Polyester white trash made in nowhere

Take this shirt

And make it clean, clean

Take this soul

Stranded in some skin and bones

Take this soul

And make it sing

Yahweh, Yahweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yahweh, Yahweh

Still I’m waiting for the dawn

Take these hands

Teach them what to carry

Take these hands

Don’t make a fist no

Take this mouth

So quick to criticise

Take this mouth

Give it a kiss

Yahweh, Yahweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yahweh, Yahweh

Still I’m waiting for the dawn

Still waiting for the dawn,

the sun is coming up

The sun is coming up on the ocean

His love is like a drop in the ocean

His love is like a drop in the ocean

Yahweh, Yahweh

Always pain before a child is born

Yahweh, tell me now

Why the dark before the dawn?

Take this city

A city should be shining on a hill

Take this city

If it be your will

What no man can own, no man can take

Take this heart

Take this heart

Take this heart

And make it break

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