Humans as a race have long been fixated by music. It emerged as a way of telling tales, and worshipping gods, and since those days has became a way of displaying about every human emotion. Look at Adelle who tops the charts with songs of lost love; her songs seem to hold a poignancy to everyone. One of my favourite quotes is about Adelle “Her songs make me miss my ex and I don’t even have an ex”. Joking aside though songs hold special meanings to us all; they provide a link to our basic emotions and allow us to imprint our own images upon them. I suppose then that is why lost love songs are some of the most popular, as heart break is one of the strongest emotions that people can associate with.
I think we all have that one song that we believe could have been written about us. The song I associate most with is “My Way” by Frank Sinatra. Even the title suggests at the way I work and live. I stand by what I think is right; I live life my way. Now if you are not into analysing lyrics of songs then this may be where you want to leave, but if that is your thing then you may just like this.
Skipping the first stanza as I can’t really associate with being near the end at 18, unless I’m rather unfortunate, and moving onto the second.
Regrets, I’ve had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do and saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course, each careful step along the byway
People say to live life without regrets, but for most that is impossible. It’s either implying that you don’t do regrettable things or that you don’t have a conscious, both of which I think are unlikely. The first two line sum it what is intended by the phrase better; Yes I regret some things but I’m not going to rake them up and let them haunt me now.
The next line is pretty self-explanatory, but the one after it takes a little more looking at. In my life I spend a lot of time planning out things (although ask anyone who knows me they will disagree), and the sense of knowing where you want to go and what you want to do is nicely represented here.
Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall and did it my way
The classic overcoming a challenge, and doing what we set out to do even if it was somewhat overly ambitious, and from that coming out stronger. This is again something I can associate with as I have a habit of taking on big challenges; promising the world and having to deliver, and each time I do. From those challenges I gain more skills and more faith in my abilities that allow me to take on even greater adventures. One of the best pieces of advice I have been given is “take every opportunity that comes your way”, and if it means pushing yourself then even better.
I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried
I’ve had my fill, my share of losing
And now, as tears subside, I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say, not in a shy way
Oh, no, oh, no, not me, I did it my way
Now to my favourite verse. The essence of it is about the losses in our life feeling so intense and destroying at the point they are happening, yet given a bit of time they really pale in comparison to what we have achieved in our lives. The last two lines always make me smile in an almost cocky manner; they show extreme pride and confidence. They represent the idea that despite all off these forces being out to destroy me I’ve achieved a lot in my life and I can feel proud of it. This again is poignant with me as despite my outwards cheery chappy appearance “I’ve loved, I’ve laughed and cried, I’ve had my fill, my share of losing”, and what keeps me strong throughout any trials or trouble I face is remembering I’ve done a lot with my life; I’m continuing to do great things and I should be proud of that.
This piece is a little different to my norm, and I almost didn’t post it, but I thought now I’ve written I may as well. I hope it hasn’t bored you too much 🙂