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August 1, 2009 @ 4:51 am

Me

Continuing on with my list of songs and entire CD’s that have moved me over the years, here is another.

I love to listen to Paula Cole’s This Fire (1996) very loudly n the car.  In fact, in the “thanks” section in the little booklet in the CD case, it says, “P.S. to the listener: I recommend playing this record loudly.  I hope it sends you on a journey.”  And it does.  It most certainly does.

One song from that CD that has always felt particularly powerful to me personally is called Me.  I have loved, for years, to sing it at the top of my lungs (and completely ignore the fact that I’m not a singer), and I have rarely gotten through the whole song without choking with emotion at least once.

My favorite verse is the one that begins, “I am walking on the bridge”.  I remember, once, listening to it with someone I knew.  That person said she thought the song was about suicidal feelings, but I never got that at all.  I always felt it was about facing fears and taking a risk for positive change.

I was kind of surprised to realize that this youtube video was just recorded a week ago, on the very day that Good Friend helped me get sound on my computer again, which prompted me to start digging through CD’s all week and re-experience all the music I have loved so much over the years.  It’s all kind of synchronistic.

Paula Cole
Me

I am not the person who is singing
I am the silent one inside
I am not the one who laughs at people’s jokes
I just pacify their egos

I am not my house or my car or my songs
They are only stops along my way
I am like the winter
I’m a dark cold female
With the golden ring of wisdom in my cave

CHORUS:

And it is me who is my enemy
Me who beats me up
Me who makes the monsters
Me who strips my confidence

I am carrying my voice
I am carrying my heart
I am carrying my rhythm
I am carrying my prayers

But you can’t kill my spirit
It’s soaring and it’s strong
And like a mountain
I will go on and on
But when my wings are folded
The brightly colored moth
Blends into the dirt into the ground

Chorus

And it’s me who’s too weak
And it’s me who’s too shy
To ask for the thing I love
And it’s me who’s too weak
And it’s me who’s too shy
To ask for the thing I love
That I love

I am walking on the bridge
I am over the water
And I’m scared as hell
But I know there’s something better
Yes I know there’s something better
Yes I know, yes I know, yes I know

That I love (5 Times Overlapping Chorus)

But it’s me
And it’s me
But it’s me

 

2 Comments

  1. Comment by kate1975:

    Hi,

    I agree with you. In the song she is affirming that her spirit is soaring and strong and then I will go on. Sounds like a life affirmation to me.

    Thanks so much for sharing it.

    Kate

  2. Comment by woundeddeer:

    LOVE THIS !
    Thanks a bunch 🙂

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