Once in a Lifetime…Same as it Ever Was…

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack                                                                                                                                You may find yourself in another part of the world                                                                                                                              You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile                                                                                                     You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife                                                                                               You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?                                                                                                                                          Once in a lifetime –                                                                                                                                                                                        Letting the days go – let the water hold me down…         Talking Heads

5602425641_0ab7797b92_z“Once in a Lifetime” what a classic tune. I heard it on my way into work Friday. If you haven’t heard it or don’t remember it you should give it a listen. It’s an incredible piece of music from which a multitude of meanings can be derived. And if that don’t grab you, it also has a very catchy beat and a hell of a message. 

                                       Check it out:      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1wg1DNHbNU

 

The song was released back in early 1981 when I was a mere child of 29 and going through something akin to an early mid-life crisis. During the six month period just before the songs release I was having trouble dealing with some curves life had thrown at me in the form of three tragic deaths. The loses pained me deeply, and caused me to slam on the brakes of my run-away train of a life and begin an extended period of re-evaluation and assessment. That is where I was at when I first heard “Once in a Lifetime.” It’s relevance to my situation was uncanny. To say that the song was pivotal in the  life changing decisions I made in the early 80’s would be going a bit far, but “Once in a lifetime” certainly gave me some food for thought.

The song was released  by the group Talking Heads but performed on video by a solo David Byrne in an array of erratic, herky-jerky, spastic-like movements.The song, at least my take on it, is about experiencing an epiphany, a sudden unanticipated awareness, an AHA moment of grand design. A moment when you may suddenly ask yourself  as Byrne does in the song  “Well, how did I get here?“, “Am I right or am I wrong?” or even “My God! What have I done?

 For the next year and a half  my life journey  was quite contemplative as I  began a thorough reassessment of my attitude, hopes, dreams and relationships, and delved into   a better understanding of why my life seemed to be stagnant and the “same as it ever was”and what I could do about it. I analyzed where I’d been and where I was heading,  what I’d already done, what I had failed to do and what was still left for me to do. I tell you, it was a soul search and a half! Thankfully I was able to grow from the experience and came away with a much clearer perception of who I am and what is truly important in my life. I was able to make some major life changes and improve the quality of my life and hopefully those close to me. My life was definitely no longer the “same as it ever was!

I would hope that everyone of us experiences some sort of eye opening, life altering epiphany at least once in a lifetime, but that isn’t necessarily a given. Yes my friends this song reminds me of that period of my life when I simply used to go through the motions and take care of business as usual day in day out, simply existing, “letting the days go by, letting the water hold me down.” I had my drugs and alcohol to kill my pain, music to keep me sane and my TV, stereo and guitar to keep me company, all the things I thought I needed to survive my journey. Yes, as I listened to “Once in a Lifetime” I recalled the memories of that period of my life sadly, sometimes painfully and yes sometimes even fondly, remembering all the moments, so many of them wasted having what I thought then was good times.

That period marked the beginning of my journey to the here and now, to who I am today. I thank God that I had the opportunity to experience a life change at the relatively young age of 30, it was a blessing for sure and gave my existence relevance. For most that opportunity only happens “once in a lifetime,” so you stay aware and be ready for it. That AHA moment will change your life. If it hasn’t happened yet, don’t worry there’s still time. Like Byrne says in the song “Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us.  Time doesn’t hold you back. Time isn’t holding us…

Remember it doesn’t matter where you find yourself as you journey through life when it finally happens, all that matters is that  you find yourself…

Just Saying…

JS

Once in a Lifetime

You may find yourself living in a shotgun shack 
You may find yourself in another part of the world 
You may find yourself behind the wheel of a large automobile 
You may find yourself in a beautiful house with a beautiful wife 
You may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? 
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again after the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
You may ask yourself, how do I work this? 
You may ask yourself, where is that large automobile? 
You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful house 
You may tell yourself, this is not my beautiful wife 
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was 
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was 

Water dissolving and water removing 
There is water at the bottom of the ocean 
Remove the water, carry the water 
Remove the water from the bottom of the ocean 
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again, into silent water 
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground 
Letting the days go by, into silent water 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
You may ask yourself, what is that beautiful house? 
You may ask yourself, where does that highway lead to? 
You may ask yourself, am I right, am I wrong? 
You may say to yourself, my god, what have I done? 
Letting the days go by, let the water hold me down 
Letting the days go by, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again, after the money’s gone 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
Into the blue again, into silent water 
Under the rocks and stones, there is water underground 
Letting the days go by, into silent water 
Once in a lifetime, water flowing underground 
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was 
Same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was, same as it ever was 

Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us 
Time isn’t holding us, time doesn’t hold you back 
Time isn’t holding us, time isn’t after us 
Time isn’t holding us… 
Letting the days go by, letting the days go by, letting the days go by, once in a lifetime (?) 
Letting the days go by, letting the days go by, letting the days go by, once in a lifetime

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    
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