One that drifted across my mind again tonight was “Toxicity” by System Of a Down:
How do you own disorder, disorder?
Lived near Memphis at the time this song was first being popularly played on the radio… That song also happens to remind me a bit of my ex-husband since we lived there together and he really dug this band’s tunes at the time.
Here’s an old favorite, “Copperhead Road” by Steve Earle:
Never tire of that tune.
Another tireless favorite, “Put Your Lights On” by Santana and Everlast:
Switching gears a bit, here’s one I’ve enjoyed for several years now:
That was “Lord, Have Mercy on Me” by Junior Kimbrough. It’s a long one. Really took to that tune right away the very first time I came across it.
That one puts me in the mood for another by him, “Sad Days, Lonely Nights”:
This next one has stayed in the back of my mind ever since first coming across it 5 or so years ago, Ben Harper’s “Where Could I Go”:
There’s no deals to be made with the dawn
Now I fear that our time has come and gone
They say “Freedom is just a place to hide”
Now I’m, I’m coming to You with my arms, my arms, my arms open wide
Oh, won’t you tell me where could I go to the Lord?
Now take a prayer with you to heaven for me
Oh, and give it to the Lord
Give it to the Lord
‘Cause nothing else could save a sinner, sinner like me
Oh, but an Angel’s, Angel’s, Angel’s, Angel’s word
And just an Angel’s word
Now, oh now, what is, what is too true, what is hard is much too true
Oh and what’s true oh, is much too too hard
And now where, where could I go but to the Lord?
Mama was hard on us but we could take it
And Papa didn’t give a damn and he couldn’t fake it
And they say, “Freedom, oh, freedom is just an other place to hide”
Now I’m coming to You with my arms open wide
And tell me where could I go, oh, to the Lord
That’s one of the most beautiful songs I’ve ever heard. Very emotionally evocative, spiritual tune. Really speaks to my soul. Perhaps “freedom” is just another place to hide, at the end of the day. And I wouldn’t know where to tell us to go other than to seek some higher potential. Because that seems the only way to transcend the maze we humans have created for ourselves. Yet still, many of us can’t help but fall short of that ideal. To live as a human is to involve sinning, and I don’t see much way around that. Some more than others. And I’ve never claimed to be a saint.