Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bursting Into Light

Show me a garden that's bursting into light!

Painting by Leonard Orr

When I mishear a lyric, it's quite often the case that, upon learning the correct wording, I come to conclusion that my mistaken version is actually an improvement upon the original.

For example, when I heard Miley Cyrus sing, "I hopped off the plane at LAX with a dream and my cardigan," I could have sworn she was saying, "with a dream in my heart again." I admit, "a dream in my heart," is somewhat of a cliche, but there's a time for cliches, and this is one of those times! Yes, it's a good thing to have a cardigan on the airplane, and I love Mr. Rogers as much as the next person, but who needs a cardigan in a frothy little upbeat put - your - hands - up feel-good song?

A dream and my cardigan? That's just dumb.

The first few times I heard the song "Chasing Cars," I was sure Snow Patrol was singing, "Show me a garden that's bursting into light." Plenty of gardens burst into life but into light sounds way more exciting!

Like flames . . . but not a fire; like an explosion but not dangerous . . . well, maybe a little bit dangerous: light! I like it better that way!

Chasing Cars
(click title to hear song)


We'll do it all
Everything
On our own

We don't need
Anything
Or anyone

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

All that I am
All that I ever was
Is here in your perfect eyes, they're all I can see

I don't know where
Confused about how as well
Just know that these things will never change for us at all

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?


by Snow Patrol

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