Friday, April 27, 2007

Lyrics of the day

I'm working away at my desk and have my iPod playing on the speakers nearby. The volume is low enough that I don't hear every song and when I am busy (or on the phone) I tend to ignore it completely. But there are several times each hour that the quiet zone is truly quiet and a song jumps out and transports me back in time or lifts my spirits or makes me think of someone that I love and that's why I keep music playing even if I don't hear every song.

The song that touched me this morning is "Last Night of the World" by Bruce Cockburn. I first heard this song when my ex-boyfriend purchased Hear Music Volume 2: Songs For Long Narrow Stretches from Starbucks for me. It was one of my favorite songs on the CD from the very beginning for the sound alone, but as the years have gone by I have grown to like it more and more for the lyrics.

I'm sipping Flor de CaƱa and lime juice, it's three a.m.
Blow a fruit fly off the rim of my glass
The radio's playing Superchunk and the friends of Dean Martinez

Midnight, it was bike tires whacking the pot holes
Milling humans' shivering energy glow
Fusing the space between them with bar-throb bass and laughter

If this were the last night of the world
What would I do
What would I do that was different
Unless it was champagne with you

I learned as a child not to trust in my body
I've carried that burden through my life
But there's a day when we all have to be pried loose


I've seen the flame of hope among the hopeless
And that was truly the biggest heartbreak of all
That was the straw that broke me open


When I hear it I can't help but think to myself, "What if it were the last night of the world, would I do anything different and who would I want to be drinking champagne with?"

So who would you would be drinking champagne with if you knew it was the last night of the world?

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