Do you ever find yourself simply enjoying a song without ever giving much thought to the lyrics. I used to happen to me all the time. Particularly back in the day, when songs came on the radio randomly and by chance, and there was no rewind button offering the opportunity to go back and reflect on what the song was “trying to say.”
I remember when Dan Fogelberg had his first hit back in the early 70s with “Part of the Plan” and I thought it was such a great song. I heard it over and over again but, I never paid much attention to the lyrics. It just had this driving beat and an incredibly infectious melody that made me look forward to it and stop to enjoy it every time it came on the radio.
Much, much later when I heard it again, I listened to what Dan was saying and though I hesitate to give so much weight to the lyrics of a pop song …
Love when you can
Cry when you have to
Be who you must that’s a part of the plan
Await your arrival
With simple survival
And one day we’ll all understand
One day we’ll all understand
… it occurred to me that the meaning of life might just be contained in those words.