Thursday, December 18, 2008
I had a weird dream last night in which I was dreaming an entire church service.
When I dismissed people at the end of it, I woke up. I think I might need a break from church. As the Electric Prunes said, "I had too much to dream last night".
So this morning, I'm thinking that dreams are the only rational explanation for otherwise inexplicable behavior. Dreams make you wake up in a certain mood, depending on the dream. They might even make you wake up mad at someone who wronged you in a dream. Who knows what you might do after a particularly vivid dream?
There are a lot of song lyrics that just had to come from dreams. It's the only way they make any sense, because song context, author intent and even the body of work of the writer sometimes do not prepare the listener for some of the most whack (that's right, I said "whack") lyrics this side of "Jabberwocky".
John Lennon was very much inspired by "Jabberwocky", the well-known Lewis Carroll poem, which is an exercise in the use of language parts stringing together correct grammatical sentences that have no coherent meaning. It was this that inspired Lennon when he wrote "I Am The Walrus", and The Rutles when they wrote, "Piggy in the Middle", their wonderfully spot-on parody of "Walrus". Great songs, both of 'em. Great artists do write great free form poetry, but often they simply do not. Here, however, for your perusement and amusement, are some not-so-great "wockicized" lyrics most likely inspired by either dreams, substances or lack of talent.
-"Say you, say me, say it always, that's the way it should be" - Lionel Richie
Say what? Oh, Lionel Richie, you wrote "Brickhouse", man! What happened here?!?
-"I am, I said, to no one there. And no one heard at all not even the chair" - Neil Diamond
Neil, Neil, Neil. When I was a kid, I really thought this was a song that was saying something. As an adult, I now know that it's a song that is saying something, but what that something is no one knows, not even the chair.
-"I will understand, someday, one day, you will understand always, always from now 'til then" - Paul McCartney
Nope, sorry Sir Paul. I won't understand. Ever.
Lyrics like these make me want to swat these songwriters with a newspaper. These lyrical atrocities can only be explained by the fevered dreaming (and possibly the inpregnable ego) of musicians. Those songs that make you go "huh?" are usually catchy as all get out, and as meaningless as they are sticky in your concious mind.
The book of Joel tells us that, "I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions" I think in the original Hebrew manuscripts it also says that "Your washed up superstars will write spurious, cryptic lyrics and set them to tunes that the Enemy has given them. And they will be like a millstone in your brain, never leaving. And you will sing them forever and ever."
Seriously, though, dreams are a big deal in Scripture. You've got God telling people stuff in dreams, and, for your mind, dreams help you work out things and live vicariously through your subconcious. But, for all you songwriters out there, maybe you could reign it in just a little, huh?