Song Lyrics to Live By

Posted by mick on August 31st, 2009 filed in Uncategorized

Every now and again I hear a song lyric that really resonates with me for some reason or another. In particular, for many years I’ve had a couple of lyrics that I’ve called my “life mottos”. The first one is from John Lennon:

Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.
John Lennon, from the song Beautiful Boy.

and the second from Stephen Stills:

Love the one you’re with.
Stephen Stills, from the song of the same title.

A couple of years ago I heard a song that had a line that I just knew instantly I wanted to elevate into my “Song Lyrics to Live by” list. It’s not a recent song by any stretch, but I hadn’t heard it (or taken notice of it) before, and so it was new to me. Anyway, here’s the line from that song that has now made it into my list:

Don’t confront me with my failures. I had not forgotten them.
Jackson Browne, from the song These Days.

None of these songs is one of my all time favourites, but the lyrics are my favourites of all time. Not necessarily the lyrics of the whole song either. Just the one liners that I’ve mentioned above.

I was going to explain why they mean a lot to me, but then I got lazy, and anyway, life is happening to me while I spend time writing this post.

So there you have it: Mick’s list of Song Lyrics to Live By.

4 Responses to “Song Lyrics to Live By”

  1. Matt Hurd Says:

    “Better to die on your feet than live on your knees” (Oils) is a good one. I often reflect on that one myself…

  2. mick Says:

    I don’t know Matt. Out of those two options I think I’d go for living on my knees.

  3. Matt Hurd Says:

    :P Cute.

    Hey Mick, met this guy in 2007. Smart as.

    Looks like Elvis: including the sunnies at "High Performance on Wall Street" round table. Talks like Elvis. Deep knowledge of infiniband, RDMA, etal running a group at Credit Suisse…

    Could be the secret twin your parents never told you about…

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