Lay My Head Down,
September 23, 2006

There are some days, particularly as the summer begins to tire and weaken and give way to fall and cold and slumber ... when lyrics seem to hold more sway than conversation. Times when my thoughts all turn to music ... written by others.

Of course, those days seem more frequent when I get new and thought-provoking music. Such is the new Indigo Girls CD, Despite Our Differences. On the first listen of the CD, I thought ... yeah, it's them ... more of the same. Then I listened to it instead of having it on as background for work ... and I'm instantly thrown back into introspection and being "lost in the moment." (Yeah, I'm tossing Eminem into a post about Indigo Girls, what about it?)

Lay My Head Down ... Emily Saliers

Oh the party's kicked up a few notches
Look at us getting loose
She leans back against the wall and she watches
Tugging her collar like it might be a noose
And everyone's tied to their thing
To their past or their drink or the date that they bring
I just get tired all of a sudden taking it in
And I want to lay my head down on you
Because you're the only solid thing in this room
A roomful of changes, strangers, illusion, confusion
I speak from my heart but I'm not really sure if it's true
I want to lay my head down on you
Oh they say don't waste too much time planning
Or you'll get the rug ripped out
And the only way you'll be satisfied
Is learning to live without
But some plan for the kingdom of heaven
And some take their chances and bet lucky seven
I don't know what to believe I just show up and breathe anymore
And I wanna lay my head down on you
Because you're the only solid thing in this room
A roomful of dressers, professors, lookers, hookers
If I don't get out I'll do something I don't wanna do
And I wanna lay my head down on you
Was it so long ago
That we sat and talked in your car
Your things were all packed
And the place you were headed was not really that far
Years later I think
That I would've been much more alive
To have taken you up on your offer and taken that drive
Well everything that's come before us leads to where we are now
And that's simply, I know, so why can't I let go of the feeling
That I'm lost somehow
Just a ghost looking in
Out of my own life just visiting
In search of a body to have and to hold and to keep and to sleep
I wanna lay my head down on you
Because you're the only solid thing in this room
A room full of missed chance, slow dance, cold fate, heartache
I showed up for a party and saw my life story full view
And I wanna lay my head down on you.

I love the whole song ... but the lyrics that immediately capture my attention every time:

A roomful of dressers, professors, lookers, hookers
If I don't get out I'll do something I don't wanna do

Yeah. Exactly.

Posted by Red Monkey at September 23, 2006 1:34 PM | Storytelling: She was, of course, supposed to be sleeping. | | StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble |

 

Red said:

I really like these lyrics, going to have to check out the cd now for sure. Thanks endy

September 24, 2006 6:28 PM
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