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August 30, 2006

Do You Realize?

Filed under: General — tj @ 2:41 pm

I was at the mega hipster concert at the state fair the other day, with Sonic Youth and The Flaming Lips. Even Wayne from the Lips said he was surprised to be playing a state fair, and wished there were shows like that where he grew up. Once the rain passed, the show was good, I liked Sonic Youth, and I probably should know more of their stuff than I do. But the Lips show was fantastic, and it just reminded me of what a great song ‘Do You Realize’ is. Schulte and I disagree on whether the song itself is happy (my opinion) or sad (his). The content of the song is ultimately sad:

Do you realize, that everyone you know someday will die
And instead of saying all of your goodbyes, let them know
You realize that life goes fast
It’s hard to make the good things last
You realize the sun doesn’t go down
It’s just an illusion caused by the world spinning round

I think it’s a positive outlook on an otherwise confusing and depressing topic (death).

There’s another song on the new album that I hadn’t really listened to, but has a very similar vibe.

They tell us “Autumn’s a comin’ and soon everything around us will die
Only a fool believes that he is different from the birds in the sky

I dig both songs, and I find myself stuck a fair amount on these topics lately, which I attribute to growing the hell up, and leaving things behind.  It’s good to hear that other folks are putting time in on it, and hearing others’ perspectives on the whole ordeal I believe is part of the point.  Also, when it’s backed up by some kicking tunes, and a crowd full of stoned out hippies, who are in their minds, really truly enjoying life, it can’t be bad for anyone.

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