I don't listen to the radio in the car at the moment. It's normally audio books. Sometimes I get in the car and the radio is on though. I have no idea how my car radio picks stations, but somehow it's been "Capital" recently.
Anyway, I jumped in the car and this version of this song was playing:
As I listened to it I imagined it was blending the story of Jesus with someone absorbed in a "night out" culture.
When I got home I decided to look up the lyrics and see if there was an acoustic version I might appreciate more musically. Here's what I found:
One line in this one has stuck with me more than anything else.
How can you love someone
And not yourself?
My understanding is that you can't. The golden rule in so many walks of life is a variation on "Love Thy Neighbour", which gets more focus than "As you love yourself." If you don't know how to love you well, I'm not sure I want you to love me in the same way. Or if you think you can love me as your neighbour, I want you to be able to love yourself in the same way.
Young people get a bad time of it.
I won't defend all the stuff that small groups get up to, but I will defend the fact that they are left trying to find their way in a world they are inheriting that is, for want of a stronger phrase, not the ideal.
Nothing But Thieves sum up quite a lot of that.
Of course the real trouble makers, the real disturbance in the force, are those whose eyes are being opened, and are starting fires designed to bring about change...
... They're the sort I'll never apologise for. Let's help them burn down the things that are making the rest of us live like animals.
They say that ignorance is bliss.
Sometimes we'd rather close our eyes and have everything go away.
Perhaps if we sleep things will be better when we wake. Someone will have magically fixed the problem.
I guess this song just draws together the thoughts that I've already had with "Bridge over troubled water" and "Eyes of a child".
Now this is something I wrestle with a lot as I do assemblies in schools and work with young people.
I'm acutely aware of the world that I have inherited from my elders, the good, the bad and the ugly of it. And I'm increasingly deliberate in not wanting to just pass the buck of responsibility for changing it to those I work with.
Shared by Hannah:
A Million Dreams - The Greatest Showman
And here's what Hannah has to say about the song:
If you'd rather listen and come to your own conclusions about the eclectic mix of songs I worked through in Lent 2023, here's the Spotify Playlist!