I listen to music pretty much all day while I work. And a lot of that is ’80s music. (The best decade for music, bar none!)
But now that I’m comfortably in my mid-40s, I find myself having this experience on a daily basis: I’ll hear a song that I used to love with lyrics that I thought were so profound and I’ll just laugh at how unbelievably bad the lyrics sound now and how silly I was for thinking otherwise.
Like just yesterday, I heard a song by The Fixx called “I Will.” Not one of their hits, but I remember playing it over and over for a time back in the ’80s. And I just thought these lyrics were amazing:
The pleasure of life is the pain of living
What we take out is replaced by giving
If you can contain your own emptiness
Then life is forward, no idle regrets
If the love doesn’t set you free
Then I will
Dude… the pleasure of life is the pain of living!
The teenaged Matt McGee was blown away by the depth in those words. The mid-40s Matt McGee chuckles every time he hears that line … and hundreds of other 80s songs with lyrics that don’t seem nearly as deep now as they did then.
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