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I started truly appreciating this artist with his third album (so a little under 10 years ago).  I had heard several of his radio songs before but it wasn’t until the third album that I realized how mature his music and lyrics were (or had become).   One of the tunes on that album was so powerful (at least to me) that it inspired me to find a embark on a job search to find a new company that could use the skills that were no longer important to my existing employer.

Fast forward two albums and several years to his fifth album …  The lyrics to this tune speak in so many subtle ways about how I feel about my place in the world.  Some days I accept my place in the world because my life is based on a series of decisions that has brought me to today; other days I feel like I’ve never had control over the decisions I’ve made and I feel a pawn of a puppet master.

This song at least gives me comfort that I’m not the only one to feel out of control at times.

No I’m not color blind
I know the world is black and white
Try to keep an open mind but…
I just can’t sleep on this tonight
Stop this train I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
But honestly won’t someone stop this train

Don’t know how else to say it, don’t want to see my parents go
One generation’s length away
From fighting life out on my own

Stop this train
I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take the speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t but honestly won’t someone stop this train

So scared of getting older
I’m only good at being young
So I play the numbers game to find away to say that life has just begun
Had a talk with my old man
Said help me understand
He said turn 68, you’ll renegotiate
Don’t stop this train
Don’t for a minute change the place you’re in
Don’t think I couldn’t ever understand
I tried my hand
John, honestly we’ll never stop this train

See once in a while when it’s good
It’ll feel like it should
And they’re all still around
And you’re still safe and sound
And you don’t miss a thing
’til you cry when you’re driving away in the dark.

Singing stop this train I want to get off and go home again
I can’t take this speed it’s moving in
I know I can’t
Cause now I see I’ll never stop this train

(think I got ’em now)

Stop This Train – John Mayer

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