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Drinking from the Fire Hose
and trying not to drown

Date: 2011-05-26 11:19
Subject: Drive-by update
Security: Public
Music:Lupe Fiasco: Hip-Hop Saved My Life
Tags:rl, thoughts
Yesterday I heard a song on the radio I really liked. I was pulling into the parking lot at work while it played, and I stuck around to see if the station would back-announce the title and artist. It didn't, and my google-fu failed when I searched for the words in the lyrics I could recall. I knew approximately what time I'd arrived at work, so I went back to the car to find out which channel was tuned in. I thought I'd have to call the station, but when I looked them up on the web I discovered they post the day's playlist. Which informed me that at 8:54 AM they were playing Lupe Fiasco's The Show Goes On (First&Fifteenth/Atlantic).

I successfully searched for the lyrics, and discovered they are not quite what I thought I heard. It's been 24 hours and I'm still thinking about them (not to mention repeatedly replaying the song (http://youtu.be/Rmp6zIr5y4U). I like the guy's voice and the song's certainly catchy enough but I guess I'm feeling a little disappointed that the message of the song is not what I first thought.

The parts of the lyrics that spoke to me were:

So no matter what you been through
No matter what you into
No matter what you see when you look outside your window
Brown grass or green grass
Picket fence or barbed wire
Never ever put them down
You just lift your arms higher
Raise em till’ your arms tired
Let em’ know you’re their
That you struggling and survivin’ that you gonna persevere
Yeah, ain’t no body leavin, no body goin’ home
Even if they turn the lights out the show is goin’ on!


I thought the song was a message of acceptance, much like the license plate I observed on another car during my drive 4GIVEALL in a Create Peace frame. I wondered whether the driver was a Buddhist, Christian, or something else, and how sincerely they believe in forgiving everything. Has the driver personally experienced some traumatic event, say a drunk driver killing one of their peeps or the murder of a family member, and has that person actually forgiven the perpetrator? Does he or she forgive Bin Laden and the terrorists who struck the Twin Towers?

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