Thinking out loud….
From my coffee drinking station at the hour of coffee. It has been quite a week. What am I saying? It has been quite a lot of weeks since things have felt right.
This morning, on the radio, I heard a version of the old Shaker hymn, “Simple Gifts”. You know the one, “‘Tis a gift to be simple, ‘tis a gift to be free, ‘tis a gift to come down where we ought to be.”
With all songs, I don’t always hear the lyrics the way they really are. So my brain kinda fills in with what seems right to me. Same with this tune, I hear the first part easily, then lose the words, then I hear the last line, “……turning, til things come round right.” That’s all I need from the song, that’s what I want to share with you. Things will come round right.
I have to laugh at myself about another song that I have loved for years. “The White Rabbit” by Jefferson Airplane, sung by Grace Slick. Now, even back when the song first appeared, many moons ago, I never really understood the words in the song other than it was about Alice In Wonderland. The pace and the strength of the singing voice was captivating. But my favorite thing was the last line. I always heard it as “Keep your head!”, repeated. Made sense that way to me—you know with the red queen running around in the story lopping off heads, it seemed like pretty good advice. Back in the 60’s it seemed like good advice. Apparently, that is not the real lyric. I looked it up recently and found it was something completely different (which I do not care to remember). Again, there was my brain filling in with what made sense to me. I’ve decided to remember it the way I like.
“Keep your head!” Still damn good advice!