Thursday, October 9, 2008

What are the chances?

So probably everyone knows I'm kind of a geek about lyrics. Sometimes I hear a new lyric and I just have to tell everyone about it. This one today is from the new album by the Streets, "Everything is Borrowed." In this song, a guy is sitting on the edge of a cliff, ready to jump, and an older guy walks by and, seeing what's about to happen, gives him some words of wisdom. I don't think you have to be suicidal to benefit from a little reminder that we're all really lucky just to be alive. Here's what the older guy said:
For billions of years since the outset of time
Every single one of your ancestors survived
Every single person on your mum and dad's side
Successfully looked after and passed onto you life.
What are the chances of that like?
It comes to me once in a while.
And everywhere I tell folk
It gets the best smile.
Maybe it's cheesy. Maybe it's just because it's that time of year when the days are perfectly cool and the nights are sort of blue from the moon shining through a hazy sky, and it's making me kind of sentimental, but I love that thought. I also love this lyric, from the same CD: "I came to this world with nothing / And I leave with nothing but love. / Everything else is just borrowed."

So now that you're inspired and enlightened... you're welcome!


Kandice said...

I have definitely been inspired and enlifted. I don't know what it is about this weather, but it definitely makes me my happy that i'm alive! Also, just so you know, you don't have to get on the Statesman website to to read my articles. I have them posted on my professional blog at

Jacelle said...

I like the second this week "Come see the softer side of Doug week?" Lovin it.

King Jimmie said...

Told ya! Favorite-worthy! You could damn near post the whole album on here...