Monday, December 12, 2016

Proud much?

On these pages, I've made no secret that I'm a fan of the lyrics of the drummer of a certain American rock-n-roll band.  And lately, I've been listening to the deluxe edition of said drummer's latest solo effort, which include a song titled Too Much Pride:

Common as dirt; as old as sin
The road to ruin, again and again
Oh, how many dreams have bloomed and died
Too much pride

How many heavens are hopelessly lost?
How many tender loves has vanity cost?
Lord, help the soul that can't be satisfied
Too much pride

You don't have to be right all the time
You can't go on with all of these axes to grind

Henley apparently referenced the person who is now President-elect during the introduction of the song on a TV show last year.  For myself, I'm going to use it as a personal reminder if at any time I find myself thinking "I deserve this" or "I didn't deserve that" (when bad stuff happens).  After all, I'm not the center of the universe.

Speaking of which, in 2007, the same referenced drummer (together with Messrs. Frey and Smith), wrote these lyrics:

Oh, love, I'll always be beside you
Wherever you may roam
Someday, with all the stars to guide you
You will find your way back home
This is not the center of the universe
That's alright with me


Anonymous said...

Over the years, Henley's countenance has aged such that he looks angry, IMHO. He's also gotten kinda fat, but I probably would too if I had his money. Sure is a great song writer and performer.

The Donald said...

Maybe. My impression is that he is less brash than he was in his 20s and 30s, and has mellowed in some of his views, tempered somewhat by the realization that the sands of time are fewer, therefore not much willing to suffer fools.

Starting perhaps with Heart of the Matter, I sense an arc toward themes of gratitude, redemption, and forgiveness. To the extent his writing is autobiographical, Cass County projects a man who's thankful for what he's earned, and has come to embrace a humility possibly less evident in the past.

I don't know what the sales figures are for the album, but having listened to it several times over, I'd say it's possibly his best work (and I'm a huge fan of of the Hotel California album).

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