Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Ear Worm in My Mind

For reasons known only to the interworking of my brain, I have had two Five for Fighting songs stuck in the my head for well over a week now.

The songs are 100 years and Superman.

Interestingly, on the first song, I can't find an agreement on the lyrics. The words are all over the place in a couple of stanzas.

On the official video, it says, for example:

I'm 33 for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm a they
A kid on the way, babe.
A family on my mind


But other lyric spots on the Internet say this:

I'm thirty three for a moment
Still the man, but you see I'm of age
A kid on the way
A family on my mind

I have no idea which is right, although I tend to go with the version on the official video because, well, it's official. However, the second version actually makes more sense to me.

In Superman, there are a couple of lines on the official version that say this:

I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naïve
I'm just out to find
The better part of me

That version doesn't go on to give the full song. So later there is a stanza that says this;

I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naïve
Men weren't meant to ride
With clouds between their knees

But I tend to hear it as

I can't stand to fly
I'm not that naïve
Men weren't meant to ride
on suicide machines.

I know that the latter one is wrong and something coming out of my little pea brain, but it also makes perfect sense to me. For some reason, it makes me think of 9/11.

So why are these songs stuck in my head?

The first one is about aging and growing old, something which seems to be weighing on me here at the half-time of my life, as the song calls it. Then I'll be 67, just like that. Whoosh - time moving on. Plus, 100 years is a long time to live. Only a fortunate few get to do that and still have their wits and body working. The idea of being old and just a body without a brain scares the bejeezus out of me.

As for the Superman song, I think it's the line, "it's not easy to be me" that has that refrain running through my head. I'm having a difficult time right now; I can't get my pain levels under control, and I am feeling rather frustrated. If I sit around and do nothing, I don't hurt so bad, on the one hand, but on the other, it makes other body parts start to degenerate. And then everything kind of hurts.

At least the two songs are alternating back and forth in my head, so I'm not stuck on just one ear worm.



1 comment:

  1. Two good songs, whatever the reason for being in your head.

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