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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Writer's Workshop: Dissecting Songs?

"Verse by verse, dissect a favorite song you had in 7th grade"

What is it with memories from 7th grade lately, Mama Kat? (Sort of fun though, honestly!)

In 7th grade (1983?) my cool cousin, Ginna, sent me my first "real" cassette tapes (those are things that held music for you young folk-like a cd sort of.) Before this I listened to my mom's records (big cd things) or to my Disney tapes.

U2's "The Unforgettable Fire" (Told you she is cool!)

They were bands that didn't play on Spanish MTV at the t
ime and I'd never heard of them.
I was taken.
Michael Stipe and Bono would adorn my walls for years to come.

It's hard to pick a favorite song. I love poetry and both of these totally fed into the brooding teenage 13 yr old psyche. I almost wore the R.E.M. cassette out I played it so much. The tunes are great and perfect for dancing alone to. I looked up the lyrics to the Murmur album because, honestly, you can't understand most of the words Michael Stipe was singing. I thought they were deep and political at the time (for some reason) but upon looking at them now I see I really still have no clue what they mean.

Here's one for you:

U2's "A Sort of Homecoming"

And you know it's time to go
Through the sleet and driving snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light in the distance
And you hunger for the time
Time to heal, desire, time
And your earth moves beneath
Your own dream landscape

Oh, oh, oh...
On borderland we run...

I'll be there
I'll be there...
A high road
A high road out from here

The city walls are all pulled down
The dust, a smoke screen all around
See faces ploughed like fields that once
Gave no resistance

And we live by the side of the road
On the side of a hill
As the valley explode
Dislocated, suffocated
The land grows weary of its own

Oh, oh, oh...on borderland we run...
And still we run
We run and don't look back
I'll be there
I'll be there

I'll be there tonight...I believe
I'll be there...somehow
I'll be there...tonight

The wind will crack in winter time
This bomb-blast lightning waltz
No spoken words, just a scream...

Tonight we'll build a bridge
Across the sea and land
See the sky, the burning rain
She will die and live again

And your heart beats so slow
Through the rain and fallen snow
Across the fields of mourning
Light's in the distance

Oh don't sorrow, no don't weep
For tonight, at last
I am coming home
I am coming home

*Okay, so I didn't really dissect this. I imagined then (and still do) that it was about the Irish resistance and the troubles that were going on in Ireland then. I see a young, Irish teenager coming home to see his girlfriend from wherever he was hiding/fighting.

Now it's your turn!

If you choose to accept Mama Kat's assignment the prompts are:

1.) Verse by verse, dissect a favorite song you had in 7th grade.

2.) List 5 must have gifts you are purchasing for a loved one this Christmas.

3.) Open letter to Santa Claus.

4.) Describe how you would celebrate the holidays if it was totally up to you and money was not a factor.

5.) Book review time! What winter read has you snuggled in and turning pages?


Holly said...

I had a total flashback when I looked at the list of popular songs in 1983 and 1984! Fun prompt!

Holly @ 504 Main

CJ Sime said...

Can't go wrong with REM or U2. U2 definitely stands the test of time OMHO.

Thanks for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoy the hunger game series. Question: did you buy them just based on my recommendation or did my recommendation clinch the deal? Just curious.

cjsime007 at gmail dot com

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

This was the prompt that I was originally going to do! Although my favorite song at the time was Skid Row, I Remember You. Oh, yeah. I was a rocker chick!

Fun post!

I'm adding you to my blog roll, because I keep missing your posts and I really enjoy them!

panamamama said...

CJ, I'd ordered them already, they came yesterday. I had no idea what they were about and stayed up last night with only 2 chapters to go on The Hunger Games. Wow. Scary! I didn't know they were that intense.

GWFIHH- I was a skater chick! Not then, really- guess we didn't have that distinction yet, but it was only a year away! I was the strange girl who had friends in every clique in high school. I'd sit wtih anyone in the lunchroom (gasp!)
:) You're on my blog roll too!

Unknown Mami said...

I feel ya on the R.E.M, but U2 just doesn't do it for me.

Unknown Mami said...

Apparently, I've been following you anonymously (I think I just had you in my reader). Well, I'm out of the closet now.

panamamama said...

I'm with you now Mami. I don't really like any of the new U2 stuff. I did like that album though.

Thanks for following me! I'm still trying to figure the blogworld out. I know I follow you though! I have to figure out how to join your new community- it wouldn't let me yesterday. Not sure what was going on. Gonna try with a different browser.

Anonymous said...

Hello. Great job. I did not expect this on a Wednesday. This is a great story. Thanks!

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