Saturday, January 9, 2010

Rachael Yamagata - Elephants

I haven't listened to music for about 2 years now.   It's hard for me to explain why - considering it used to mean a lot to me and was a big part of my everyday life.  I suppose sometimes you reach a stage where the music you used to listen to no longer relates to your state of mind, and it doesn't have the same meaning as before anymmore.

Anyways, I am packing for a series of work trips, and decided to bring my ipod this time.  I caught my friend Dion online (whom I always consider as having superb taste in music) and asked him to recommend some songs.  He recommended the most recent album of Muse, which I loved, and Rachael Yamagata.  I checked out her music and found that it touched me like no other songs had in the past 2 years.  So here's one of my favourites:

If the elephants have past lives yet are destined to always remember
It's no wonder how they scream 
Like you and I they must have some temper

And I am dreaming of them on the plains
Dirtying up their beds
Searching for some sign of rain to cool their hot heads

And how dare that you send me that card when I'm doing all that I can do
You are forcing me to remember when all I want is to just forget you

If the tiger shall protect her young then tell me how did you slip by
All my instincts have failed me for once
I must have somehow slept the whole night

And I am dreaming of them with their kill
Tearing it all apart
Blood dripping from their lips and teeth sinking into heart

And how dare that you say you'll call 
When you know I need some peace of mind
If you have to take sides with the animals 
Won't you do it with one who is kind

And if the hawks in the trees need the dead
If you're living you don't stand a chance
For a time though you share the same bed
There are only two ends to this dance

You can flee with your wounds just in time or lie there as he feeds
Watching yourself ripped to shreds and laughing as you bleed

So for those of you falling in love 
Keep it kind
Keep it good
Keep it right
Throw yourself in the midst of danger but keep one eye open at night

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