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Learn To Live With What You Are

 

Longtime readers know that I write about music quite often. I’ve told this story years ago on this very blog at some point in the 14 years of its existence. I’ve loved music since I was very young. I bought my first record at Hastings Records in St. Vincent Mall (at least I believe it was Hastings at that time) in 1982. It was “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. I was 6.

 

I was in a mall when I heard a Beatles song for the first time. It was “Norwegian Wood.” I had to ask my mom what it was. That day changed my world.

 

Years later I found post-punk and new wave and found solace in songs like “Ghost in You” by The Psychedelic Furs and the amazing Rave-Ups song “Positively Lost Me,” which is just as fantastic and resonating as it was in 1986. And I would be remiss without mentioning “Being Boring” by my Pet Shop Boys with their quote from Zelda Fitzgerald, whom I’ve felt a connection with from the first paragraph of Save Me The Waltz, among the obvious connection my reader will know.

 

In college I fell in love with Counting Crows and Ben Folds. Both write as though they’re writing my life. My feelings. My history. “Learn to Live with What You Are” came out on Supersunnyspeedgrapic” in 2006 and the first time I heard it I wept. It still gets me. Every time.

 

I’m posting “Learn to Live With What You Are” by Ben Folds today. Because. Lyrics first, then video.

 

As always, thank you Dear Reader for following my nonsense.

 

“Learn To Live With What You Are”

I know that you’re in there
I can see you
You’re saying you’re ok
I don’t believe you

 

And now that the gig is off
The spell is broken
The fat lady sung
The president has spoken

 

These days that you were waiting for
Will come and go
Like any day
Just another day

 

There’s never gonna be a moment of truth for you
While the world is watching
All you need is the thing you forgotten
And that’s to learn to live with what you are

 

So freak out if you wanna
And I’ll still be here
Don’t call me for years and when you do
Yeah, I’ll still be here

 

I’m not saying the effort is a waste of time – but I
Just love you for the things you couldn’t change
Though you’ve tried
These hours of confusion they will soon expire
Like everything
Does

 

Sometimes
Everything you’ve ever wanted
Floats above
He’s sticking out his tongue and laughing
While everything
Anyone can ever need
Is down below
Waiting for you
To know this
There’s never gonna be a moment of truth for you
While the world is watching
All you need is the thing you’ve forgotten
And that’s to learn to live with what you are

 

You got to learn to live with what you
You got to learn to live with what you
Are