Song Lyrics Sunday #1

We don’t sleep very much
These triggers ache for the touch
Where’s the strength we relied on?
Fear alone, like a crutch
Maybe that’s what keeps us up
All night with the light on
Glowing screens simulate
Lives that no longer take place
Can this be what we’ve become?
Paper-thin, overweight
Pills to arouse or sedate
Still we don’t know what we wantWe can’t let go
Can’t you see?
To lose control
Is to be
Finally freeFirst a spark
Then a flame
Now a fire
We explode
Into the darkest of nightsDisconnect
Cut the cord
Lines are dead
Now they’ll know
With everything comes a price

And each day we are torn
Between the right and the wrong
Between life and convenience
Why lose sleep? Why complain?
There’s always channels to change
It’s like elective amnesia

As we grow older
In this place
Let’s just start over
Let’s erase what they made

First a spark
Then a flame
Now a fire
We explode
Into the darkest of nights

Disconnect
Cut the cord
Lines are dead
Now they’ll know
With everything comes a price

It could be minutes away
It could be hours or days
Before the bottom falls out
Before the ground gives way
Into this debt we are born
A debt we try to repay
And yet we blacken the sky
Smoke rising out of the flames

Now they’ll know

First a spark
Then a flame
Now a fire
We explode
Into the darkest of nights

Disconnect
Cut the cord
Lines are dead
Now they’ll know
With everything comes a price

We explode
We explode

With everything comes a price

We explode
We explode

I have loved this song since the first time I heard it several years ago. It brings a strange comfort to me that there are other people in the world who realize how messed up the world really is, and how far humanity has fallen from their potential.

My favorite line in the song is “And each day we are torn, between the right and the wrong, between life and convenience”. It reflects my moral code fairly well. To me, right and wrong are not the same thing as good and evil, though I suppose that is a debate I would rather not have right now. Instead I will simply explain that to me, right is anything that causes you to feel alive. This is a different thing to everyone, as, though working with clay allows me to feel connected to the Earth and gives me a sense of living, this is not true for most of my friends. One of my friends really likes to go camping, because getting away from the civilized world brings them that same sort of connection, while it only makes me cranky. What is right for one is not right for all.

“Wrong”, when used in the context of the song and in accordance with my moral code, corresponds to convenience. I certainly agree with this comparison. I find that convenience is death, for convenience is stagnant and lacks the struggle or the connectivity that life brings. Take for instance, going to a fast food restaurant versus cooking a good meal at home. In my experience, cooking a good meal has always been more satisfying, partially because of the struggle it takes to make something delicious, but for me it is because I am really able to get into what I am doing. I establish a connection to the food, and that makes is far more satisfying.

Going to a fast food restaurant on the other hand involves little to no struggle, except with other people on occasion, you are eating your food within a few minutes, and it is over and done with in about as short of time. The convenience of the food offers no connection to life, and also generally serves as a detriment. A) The food costs more. B) It is not often very healthy food. C) You don’t get the fulfillment of making the food yourself.

This is just an example of the life versus convenience principle, but it is one I try to follow. I admit that I certainly eat at Wendy’s from time to time, but I also try to cook when I can. I think that struggle is important for life, and convenience is the slow but sure road to death.

I hope you enjoyed the song. It is titled “Elective Amnesia” and is from the band Rise Against’s album “Appeal to Reason”. Please feel free to share your own thoughts on the lyrics below. I always like knowing what people think.

-Cynus

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2 thoughts on “Song Lyrics Sunday #1

  1. Kiren says:

    I know that I have been raised a slave to convenience and it is more prominent now than when I was a child. It makes my life worse not better. It takes away the joys of doing a hard days honest work, of doing things for myself. More and more we are being forced into silent compliance and the sheep simply walk on until we are truly nothing and have nothing left to show for ourselves.

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