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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

Not Myself

 "Would you want me when I'm not myself?
Wait it out while I am someone else?"

I was just listening to this song - and was struck by how much I relate to it. 

But then, I remember relating to it when it came out, eleven years ago. That was a whole different decade and I was a completely different shoe size. 

Back then, it was a song about saying 'I'm not myself, will you stick around while I figure it out?'

Now it's saying something different. 

Life is 99% a period of adjustment, where we think we're on our way to being the people we're gonna be. 

But this is it. We are who we are and the thing you did four minutes, that is who you are

And the thing you think you'll do next week is meaningless; just like the things you said you'd do eleven years ago that you never got round to. 

"Suppose I said, 
You're my saving grace?"

That's the only honest line in the song. And he isn't even saying it, cause he's too afraid. It's a hypothetical.

There's a song on his new album 'Born and Raised' called "Love Is A Verb." 

"Love ain't a crutch
It ain't an excuse
No you can't get through love 
On just a pile of I-O-U's"

Seems like John got a clue. Maybe I should too. Either that, or watch another eleven years pass. 

Care to share?


  1. great post Kid
    When his first album came out I was completely swept away by the lyrics and the way he made his guitar genius seem so simple. I listened to the album on repeat for weeks and weeks and never got tired of it. Still to this day i can put it on and know all the words and be made to feel and think a whole bunch of things i'd ignored or thought i'd grown out of. Amazing.

  2. Nice post. I think Love is a Verb is the better song. Like you say, maybe John got a clue, hehe.