Lyrics that really “connect” with you…

May 9, 2009 at 11:19 pm (Music)

Peace Sells
Every now and then a song comes a long that really connects with your life; it feels as if the singer is talking directly to you. These songs become dear to us, and serve as time markers in our lives which we look back on from a better vantage point in the future. One of these precious songs has been in my head for months now, and the clarity that it had when I first heard it still has yet to fade. The song I am speaking of is “Peace Sells” by Megadeth off of their album “Peace Sells….But Who’s Buying?” Here are the lyrics:

“What do you mean, “I don’t believe in God”?
I talk to him every day.
What do you mean, “I don’t support your system”?
I go to court when I have to.
What do you mean, “I can’t get to work on time”?
I got nothing better to do
And, what do you mean, “I don’t pay my bills”?
Why do you think I’m broke? Huh?

If there’s a new way,
I’ll be the first in line.
But, it better work this time.

What do you mean, “I hurt your feelings”?
I didn’t know you had any feelings.
What do you mean, “I ain’t kind”?
I’m just not your kind.
What do you mean, “I couldn’t be president, of the United States of America”?
Tell me something, it’s still “We the people”, right?

Can you put a price on peace?
Peace,
Peace sells…,
Peace,
Peace sells…,
Peace sells…,but who’s buying?”

The first few lyrics were what really struck me. At the time I first heard this song, my parents had found my weed stash and were convinced that I was on the fast track to becoming a criminal. I guess you could say I fit the stereotypical mold of a slacker (i.e. the embodiment of teenage angst)…I often have long hair with a beard, baggy pants, etc… Despite my appearance, music preferences, and opinion on drugs, I still consider myself an educated, moral, and informed citizen. Just because I carry on a certain persona doesn’t mean I intend to completely waste my life…Since when does someones choice of attire or music preference automatically relegate them to society’s junk yard? The truth is, no one person truly fits the parameters of a perfect person; so why do most feel the need to label a certain group of people (who may or may not share the same beliefs) based on superficial things? As you can see, this song arouses some strong personal opinions even now…imagine what it did to me when I listened to it the first time, while I sat in my room awaiting punishment for smoking a substance I knew wasn’t as harmful as my parents thought.

As a whole, the song’s message is about a much bigger issue (everyone claims to want peace, but very few are willing to sacrifice anything for it), but the first two verses really connected with me on a personal level. What song lyrics have you had a “personal conneciontion with”? Feel free to share!

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3 Comments

  1. abby said,

    very wise of you Jon! NO ONE IS perfect. No one fits any mold perfectly.
    I always liked Today by the Smashing Pkins— but now I know what it is really about it changes it’s meaning to me. I also loved Song for Mama by Boyz to Men! I have an eclectic taste in my music! Let it Be by the Beattles is amazing to me– I love those lyrics. Chris has always loved Peace Sells. He was listening to that song before you were born!

  2. Robert said,

    The one song that I ever felt a real connection with is “The Greatest” as sung by Kenny Rogers. Any kid that spent as much time outside playing baseball as I did has to be able to connect to that song.

  3. Ruth said,

    First, I totally agree with you– I have learned from Bryce and most of his friends that you really cannot judge a book by its cover (cliche, but true!). It was AMAZING at our high school reunion how so many of the kids in high school who I would have thought would be still floundering at 28-years old were so successful.
    Second, the song that I relate to is a cheesy one– “Till There Was You” from the musical “The Music Man.” I know there are others, but I can’t think of them right now.

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