Song Lyric Sunday

I picked up on this over here at Lydia’s site and I really liked the concept so I thought I’d join in and wondered if you might like to as well. The idea is to come up with song lyrics which, for you, best match the theme – in this case ‘Let Go’. My choice, which may, at first glance, appear not to make one iota of sense is Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes….

If you don’t know the song, it has an insistent, underlying beat which, for me at least, lends the music a strange power; it’s very raw in its simplicity but, in contrast, the lyrics are deep and complex. Seven Nation Army has a special significance for me as, during an Antony Robbins conference that I was attending, someone spontaneously started humming the tune; after just a few seconds everyone in the auditorium had picked up on it – that was 12,000 people humming in unison! The whole point of being there that weekend was to ‘let go’ of the past and learn how to build a better future so perhaps that’s why the connection is there for me.

The lyrics describe a mental struggle and the conflicted emotions that arise from it; the over-riding message that I got from the song was that it’s author was desperate to find his place in the World. In the end he becomes overwhelmed by the desire to go home, forget the fame and work on the land until the ‘sweat drips out of every pore’ – he let’s go…………

I’m gonna fight ’em all
A seven nation army couldn’t hold me back
They’re gonna rip it off
Taking their time right behind my back
And I’m talking to myself at night
Because I can’t forget
Back and forth through my mind
Behind a cigarette
And the message coming from my eyes
Says leave it alone
Don’t want to hear about it
Every single one’s got a story to tell
Everyone knows about it
From the Queen of England to the hounds of hell
And if I catch it coming back my way
I’m gonna serve it to you
And that ain’t what you want to hear
But that’s what I’ll do
And the feeling coming from my bones
Says find a home
I’m going to Wichita
Far from this opera for evermore
I’m gonna work the straw
Make the sweat drip out of every pore
And I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding, and I’m bleeding
Right before the lord
All the words are gonna bleed from me
And I will sing no more
And the stains coming from my blood
Tell me go back home
Songwriter: John Anthony White


Lydia has just kindly pointed out that this idea originated here with Helen so thanks also to her :O)

Have a great Sunday everyone



  6 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday

  1. May 27, 2018 at 9:06 am

    I am glad you enjoyed my post; however, could you please link to where the challenge started. If you add this link to your post it will ping her post and allow other people to see your entry. Thank you again.


  2. May 27, 2018 at 2:01 pm

    Welcome to the challenge! Thanks for sharing! 😀👍💯


  3. May 27, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    Welcome to the challenge. What a great pick for your first time. Also, thank you for sharing your inspiration behind the choice. I’ve always liked the beat in this song, but it was interesting to read the lyrics. Thanks so much for playing along and for sharing.


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