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Monday, March 23, 2009

Tomorrow Wendy is Going to Die

This is one of the main lyrics from the song "Tomorrow, Wendy".

I know this song from Concrete Blonde's Bloodletting album (awesome band, awesome album). It is an amazing song with lyrics that send chills into me.

The song was originally written by Andy Prieboy about a woman dying from AIDS. It doesn't matter. The song, at least from Johnette Napolitano's heartfelt voice, is sad, angry, and emotional and can be attributed to any tragic pain.

I listened to this again this morning on the way into work. It seems that when I listen to this song, something in the media is triggering the emotional feelings that I empathize with. Today, it was Liam Neeson's pain of losing his wife. I hate to think that one day, this is an emotion I may feel...

There is debate on whether there is an atheistic overtone in the lyrics:

"I told the priest
Don't count on any second coming
God got his ass kicked
The first time he came down here slumming!
He had the balls to come
The gall to die
And then forgive us!
No I don't wonder why,
I wonder what he thought it would get us."

I don't know if it matters. It's obviously angry and I can relate. These are the lines that sends me chills, and takes my breath away each time I hear this song:

"Only God says "jump"
So I say "in good time"
Cause if he ever saw it
It was through these eyes of mine
And if he ever suffered
It was me who did his crying."

Awesome song. I plan to check out Andy Prieboy's original version. But Johnette sings this one through her soul too. BTW, she does a great version (even better, IMO) of Coldplay's "The Scientist".

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