Wednesday, June 23, 2010

My New Theme Song

Every now and then you will be on Facebook or MySpace and you will find that one of your friends will have filled out one of those inane surveys that I remember wasting SO much time on in high school. Inevitably one of the questions will be something along the lines of "What is your favorite song?" or "If you had a theme song, what would it be?"
The times that I filled out those surveys I've always had the same answer for the first question, which is 'Iris' by The Goo Goo Dolls by the way, but I never ever ever had a good answer for the second question.

Now I do.

I recently got a new phone and one of it's programs is Pandora, the internet radio station. Tuesday, I was at work and feeling pretty down, I had a fight with my parents the night before about my move to Alabama (they did not take the news well) and I was tired so I created a Pandora station that would play upbeat music and right after lunch a song that I hadn't really listened to since I was 11 came on. This time I was really listening to the lyrics and the music itself seemed to lighten my load and give my heart a warm glow.

This song was 'All Star' by Smash Mouth.

I know, I know, it's not the most brilliant song and it was way to over marketed in movies and commercials in its day. I don't think there are many kids from my age bracket who didn't, at one time, have every singly lyric to this song memorized. The song was wildly popular and it showed up EVERYWHERE.
But the truth is that if you actually sit down and listen to the lyrics (or chair dance and listen to the lyrics like me *laugh*) then you realize that the song is actually a very powerful one and REALLY good to listen to when you are tired, in the dumps and unsure about where to go with your life. It tell us to take a risk and count on our ability to do something amazing if we try.

Somebody once told me the world is gonna roll me
I ain't the sharpest tool in the shed
She was looking kind of dumb with her finger and her thumb
In the shape of an "L" on her forehead

Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb

So much to do so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow

[Chorus:]
Hey now you're an All Star get your game on, go play
Hey now you're a Rock Star get the show on get paid
And all that glitters is gold
Only shooting stars break the mold

It's a cool place and they say it gets colder
You're bundled up now but wait 'til you get older
But the meteor men beg to differ
Judging by the hole in the satellite picture

The ice we skate is getting pretty thin
The waters getting warm so you might as well swim
My world's on fire how about yours
That's the way I like it and I'll never get bored

[Repeat Chorus 2x]

Somebody once asked could I spare some change for gas
I need to get myself away from this place
I said yep what a concept
I could use a little fuel myself
And we could all use a little change
Well the years start coming and they don't stop coming
Fed to the rules and I hit the ground running
Didn't make sense not to live for fun
Your brain gets smart but your head gets dumb
So much to do so much to see
So what's wrong with taking the back streets
You'll never know if you don't go
You'll never shine if you don't glow

[Repeat Chorus]

3 comments:

All that Glitters is Gold said...

I like the part about getting older... Sometimes you do have to glow before you can truly shine... I mean sometimes you got to put yourself in places where you are surround by people who are going to grill you, or teach you a thing or two, but you always come out ahead when you learn that they can live it their way.. Why can't you??

Mandii said...

I've always loved this song too, and even knowing the words to sing it, you never really think about them (could be cause it's a bit fast to sing too lol)

It does have quite powerful words, some wisdom for all.

All things happen for a reason, maybe you finding this song again is to push you towards finding a way to NYC!?

Good Luck

Sakasama_No_Chou said...

Mandii: Well...NYC is in my future. I know that. I won't give up on it that's for sure, but I don't think it's my immediate future. Right now i'm concentrating on getting to a better place for me emotionally and that's definitely Alabama with my bff Zena at the moment.