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    Wisdom comes in many forms and from many sources. Sometimes those sources are rather unexpected, like pop/rock/country songs, fiction books, and popular (and cult classic) movies. Sometimes the wisdom can be as profound as anything the Dalai Lama, Mother Theresa, or Martin Luther King Jr. have said, and sometimes it’s more like an “oh duh… when you put it that way…” type of realization. (And sometimes it’s just a funny or light-hearted way to look at a much more serious topic.) Either way, you understand more than you did  before, or else you feel a kinship with someone (perhaps the only other someone) who’s felt the same way you have. And in this world of “never let ’em see your weaknesses,” that’s good for at least a mood boost, and probably a mini stress buster.

    So just for fun, and because I’m currently at the 4 day Michigan Irish Music Festival enjoying as much music, wisdom, and fun as I can, today I’m going to share my favorite quotes from popular music. You may notice that a few sources supply a majority of the quotes. I didn’t set out to do that, it just happened. I don’t apologize. I like what I like, and some of what I like has a lot to say, apparently.

    “We all disagree,
    I think we should disagree,
    ~ The Strokes, Is This It

    “It’s hard to rely on my good intentions,
    When I miss so much that requires attention”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Good Intentions

    “When the good times never stay,
    and the cheap thrills always seem to fade away.”
    ~Toad the Wet Sprocket, Fall Down

    “You can’t always get what you want.”
    ~ The Rolling Stones

    “I’ll tell you now that grown men cry,
    And Irish girls are pretty.”
    ~ The Proclaimers, Sean

    “Nothing’s so loud
    As hearing when we lie.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, All I Want

    “You thought that history was dead. Well, it just whacked you on the head.’
    ~The Proclaimers, Free Market

    “If you choose not to decide, you still have made a choice.”
    ~ Rush, Freewill

    “Pain is the healing,
    and the tears sting like alcohol.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Before You Were Born

    “A cynical mind, won’t help you through the night, and it can’t hold you up, when you’re too tired to fight… But love can move mountains.”
    ~ The Proclaimers, Love Can Move Mountains

    “I fear nothing,
    besides myself.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Torn

    “Am I two souls,
    One hard, one whole”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Torn

    “It was always so easy to find an unhappy woman, til I started looking for mine.”
    ~ The Proclaimers, It Was Always So Easy

    “Judge not the cross that I bear” ~Domestic Problems, Would I Want to Know

    “Cause as the last one vanishes, she takes the last excuse. There’s no one left to blame. You’re the cause of your pain.”
    ~ The Proclaimers, No One Left to Blame

    “Whatever I fear the most, is whatever I see before me.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Whatever I Fear

    “Just because I don’t feel weak don’t mean I feel so strong.”
    ~ The Proclaimers, Nature

    “We might be different but our hearts won’t lie.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Nightingale Song

    “What part of no don’t you understand?”
    ~ Lorrie Morgan, What Part of No

    “god damn the people who left you in pain,
    god damn the father, without face without name,
    and god damn the lovers who never showed up,
    and god damn the wounds that show how deep a word can cut.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Before You Were Born

    “Excuse me sir do you know what it’s like, can you possibly understand? You were blessed with a wonderful life, I was destined to be who I am.”
    ~ Domestic Problems, Would I Want to Know

    “Never feel too good in crowds,
    With folks around, when they’re playing
    The anthems of rape culture loud.”
    ~ Hozier, To Be Alone

    “Fame is a cancer and ego it’s seed,
    now I wasn’t looking for heaven or hell,
    just someone to listen to stories I tell.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, Stories I tell

    “Singing seems to help a troubled soul.”
    ~ Johnny Cash, Daddy Sang Bass

    “They say that time takes it’s toll on a body
    Makes a young girl’s brown hair turn gray
    But, honey, I don’t care, I ain’t in love with your hair,
    If it all fell out, well, I’d love you anyway”
    ~ Randy Travis, Forever and Ever Amen

    “One part of me just wants to tell you everything,
    one part just needs the quiet.”
    ~Toad the Wet Sprocket, I Will Not Take These Things For Granted

    “Would things be easier if there was a right way? Honey, there is no right way.”
    ~ Hozier, Someome New

    “I get by with a little help from my friends.”
    ~ The Beatles, With a Little Help From My Friends

    “Idealism sits in prison,
    chivalry fell on its sword,
    innocence died screaming”
    ~ Hozier, From Eden

    “And it won’t matter now, whatever happens will be.”
    ~ Toad the Wet Sprocket, All I Want

    “An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind,
    and it takes more strength and faith to be kind.”
    ~ MC Yogi, Be the Change

    “Everybody here’s got a story to tell,
    Everybody’s been through their own hell,
    There’s nothing too special about getting hurt,
    But getting over it, that takes the work.”
    ~ Glen Phillips, Duck and Cover

    “But I’m singing for the love of it –
    Have mercy on the man who sings to be adored.”
    ~ Josh  Ritter, Snow is Gone

    “Everyone is facing changes,
    No one knows what’s going on,
    And everyone is changing places,
    Still the world keeps moving on…
    It’s here today and gone tomorrow,
    Still the world goes on the same.”
    ~ Hugh Laurie, Changes

    “All you have is your fire,
    And the place you need to reach,
    Don’t you ever tame your demons,
    But always keep them on a leash.”
    ~ Hozier, Arsonists Lullaby

    So those are just a few of my favorites; I hope one or two struck a chord with you. (Pun intended.) If you have any pop music wisdom please share it in the comments. I love finding new songs or even listening to old songs in a new way. (Please include artist and song title so I/we can find it if I’m/we’re not familiar with it.)

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