Wednesday, December 27, 2006


I downloaded an album off of iTunes not long ago, "Eyes Open" by the group Snow Patrol. They have a song that's been getting some airplay called "Chasing Cars." Some of the lyrics include:

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

I don't quite know
How to say
How I feel

Those three words
Are said too much
They're not enough

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Forget what we're told
Before we get too old
Show me a garden that's bursting into life

Let's waste time
Chasing cars
Around our heads

I need your grace
To remind me
To find my own

If I lay here
If I just lay here
Would you lie with me and just forget the world?

Part of what struck me in listening to the song was an unexpectedly strong emotional reaction to the lyrics, particularly to the words "If I lay here, If I just lay here, Would you lie with me and just forget the world?" My reaction piqued my curiosity. But sitting back and reflecting on it, I think it speaks to the sense of hurriedness I've had in my life recently. Especially after taking on the expenses from my professional trainings (see previous posts), I think I went into a bit of a financial panic mode -- perhaps taking on more than I should have at work. I think I resonate with those lyrics because I yearn to simply rest, to have time for quiet and reflection, and to just be.

I actually enjoy the lyrics most when I think of them as a sort of prayer to God, almost a modern Psalm, yearning for that kind of connection, where all striving and manner of "doing" can rest, and the soul is refreshed by Divine embrace.


Gannet Girl said...

I will always associate that song with the season 2 finale of Grey's Anatomy. I love it.

more cows than people said...

great lyrics. i'll see if i can download the song. i read this as i was preparing for wedding number 2 of the day- such a joy, such a joy. And i almost wished i knew this song and could sing it. It works for this couple. It seems to be a song that works.

more cows than people said...

downloaded and LOVE this song. we had a family from church over last night to play cards with us and the oldest kid in the family (a teenager) was not interested in playing though his girlfriend was and so he had to just hang around and wait. I handed him my computer and told him to pick out songs for us to listen to if he wanted to. this was one of his picks and all the kids in the family know and LOVE this song. so i'm guessing it must get a fair amount of air play- can you tell i only ever listen to NPR?

thanks for broadening my musical awareness.