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This lyric has just been sitting there in cue for a while waiting for something … Waiting for the right time, waiting for the right reason or waiting for the right story to accompany it in a post.  That story finally started to coalesce around change or, more specifically, my need for change.

In the past few years, I’ve known it’s time to make some serious changes but I’ve have embraced discomfort over seeking change. Sometimes, it seems, the discomfort of today is more comfortable than possibilities of the future without that discomfort.  After sitting in the draft category for months, this tune finally started to represent itself within the context of that story.

Change is absolutely necessary to grow as a person.  It’s also inevitable whether it’s our choice or not.  When we don’t choose to make that change, it’s often made for us.  One thing that drew me to this tune is the lyricist understands this and, most importantly, he understands we can’t (or shouldn’t) do it alone.  Growth as an individual is best accomplished when paired with someone who helps keeps the house in order and provides the nourishment that we need to be our best.

No great progress was ever made by putting your head down and not looking where you’re going.  Finding a partner, friend or family member we can trust to keep us on the right path keeps our house clean and avoid the trappings of our own mind.

So, forty three years after it’s release in 1972, this song becomes realavent in my life.  (Ain’t music awesome?)

Enjoy and reflect …

My life is changing
in so many ways
I don’t know who
to trust anymore
There’s a shadow running
thru my days
Like a beggar going
from door to door.

I was thinking that
maybe I’d get a maid
Find a place nearby
for her to stay.
Just someone
to keep my house clean,
Fix my meals and go away.

A maid. A man needs a maid.
A maid.

It’s hard to make that change
When life and love
turns strange.
And old.

To give a love,
you gotta live a love.
To live a love,
you gotta be “part of”
When will I see you again?

A while ago somewhere
I don’t know when
I was watching
a movie with a friend.
I fell in love with the actress.
She was playing a part
that I could understand.

A maid. A man needs a maid. 
A maid.

When will I see you again?

A Man Needs A Maid – Neil Young




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