What’s In A Song?

I love music. For those of you who don’t know me in real life, let me say it again, I LOVE music. For those of you who do know me in real life, you probably have spent at least one evening in the last year, in my living room, a few bottles of wine in, about a thousand CD’s laid out across the floor, music blaring and all of us dancing. Its my thing, its something W and I both love. We have a CD collection of note and are always up for a couple of drinks and a dancing session in our lounge.

Music speaks to me, it can lift my spirits, it can make me sad, happy, it helps me grieve. I have spent a lot of time over the past couple of weeks with my iPod earphones jammed into my ears, whether it be doing chores, walking my puppies or just lying in the dark, my iPod has been my companion. The music has brought the tears when I was fighting them back. I’ve been listening to a lot of my older CD’s over the past couple of days and I came across this totally brilliant Alanis Morissette song that really speaks to me, its about life lessons and I listen to this song now, it helps me to remember why there has to be so much pain. How we can’t appreciate the good times without the bad, how we can’t truly enjoy laughter and joy unless we’ve known sadness and loss, whatever that maybe.

“You Learn”

I recommend getting your heart trampled on to anyone
I recommend walking around naked in your living room
Swallow it down (what a jagged little pill)
It feels so good (swimming in your stomach)
Wait until the dust settles

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

I recommend biting off more then you can chew to anyone
I certainly do
I recommend sticking your foot in your mouth at any time
Feel free
Throw it down (the caution blocks you from the wind)
Hold it up (to the rays)
You wait and see when the smoke clears

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

Wear it out (the way a three-year-old would do)
Melt it down (you’re gonna have to eventually anyway)
The fire trucks are coming up around the bend

You live you learn
You love you learn
You cry you learn
You lose you learn
You bleed you learn
You scream you learn

You grieve you learn
You choke you learn
You laugh you learn
You choose you learn
You pray you learn
You ask you learn
You live you learn

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  • Reply Kirsty

    oh man… I absolutely “heart” that Alanis Morissette CD (Jagged little pill) I listened to it non-stop back in 1996 when I was road-tripping through the USA!! I can sing EVERY song word-for-word!
    I also love the song “IRONIC”
    “It’s like rain on your wedding day
    It’s a free ride, when you’ve already paid
    It’s 10,000 spoons, when all you need is a knife…
    and isn’t it ironic, a little too ironic…”
    How IRONIC, actually, that you and I did a post on songs coincedentally on the same day???

    November 4, 2009 at 10:43 am
  • Reply Abs

    Music helps me to grieve as well Shaz. I’ve spent many afternoons with my ipod clipped to my clothes crying my heart out to one song and then jumping about and dancing to another a second later (I have not figured out my play lists yet so I never really know what’s coming next ;0)
    Tears In Heaven by Eric Clapton gets me blubbing everytime!!

    Would you know my name
    If I saw you in heaven?
    Would it be the same
    If I saw you in heaven?
    I must be strong
    And carry on
    ‘Cause I know I don’t belong
    Here in heaven

    Would you hold my hand
    If I saw you in heaven?
    Would you help me stand
    If I saw you in heaven?
    I’ll find my way
    Through night and day
    ‘Cause I know I just can’t stay
    Here in heaven

    Time can bring you down
    Time can bend your knees
    Time can break your heart
    Have you begging please
    Begging please

    Beyond the door
    There’s peace I’m sure
    And I know there’ll be no more
    Tears in heaven”


    November 4, 2009 at 10:58 am
  • Reply SCY

    Music speaks to the soul, in so many ways. I think it’s God’s special gift to human kind. Cos it can make us happy, sad, understanding and so on and so forth. It evokes memories. It evokes so much in us.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:16 am
  • Reply Elize

    The song really speaks to my heart, and it is so so true.

    November 4, 2009 at 11:31 am
  • Reply Rach

    I’ve always said if I was to be stranded on a desert island with only one thing, it would have to be either a radio or an ipod with music preloaded!


    November 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Dee

    I sang all the way thru reading the lyrics! LOVE that song!!

    November 4, 2009 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Sian

    Jaggered little pill was my theme album when I was in college. I used to drive myself and a friend to college. And every morning we would play the album. We knew every single word.

    There are some really meaningful songs on that album.

    November 4, 2009 at 3:36 pm
  • Reply Kristin

    I actually had never heard that song before. I love it. I’ve been thinking of you a lot Sharon and hoping you find your way back to a joyful life and a peaceful heart. {{{Hugs}}}}

    November 4, 2009 at 5:50 pm
  • Reply Stacey

    Love that song. Definitely one of my favorites of hers. It’s funny how this journey makes you look at songs you’ve heard many times before in a whole different way.

    Speaking of music, I can’t wait to get Bon Jovi’s new album next week! 🙂

    November 7, 2009 at 5:02 am
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