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Understanding the Lyrics

Christopher Francis Ocean, better known by his stage name Frank Ocean, is a 25 year old American singer/songwriter from New Orleans. Early in his career he wrote songs for Brandy, Justin Bieber, and John Legend, to name a few. Recently, he’s making more of a name for himself as a performer. I don’t know if I really like his music or not, but there’s one thing he said which I find very interesting:

“When you’re happy, you enjoy the music. But, when you’re sad, you understand the lyrics.”

Man, that speaks to me, how about you? When life is going well, you’re dancing, your feet don’t even touch the floor. You’re hearing the music. Smiling, laughing…life is good. But then. When your life hits the skids…. That’s when you begin thinking, having that internal dialogue. What went wrong? What’s happening? And, now, you’re hearing and understanding those lyrics.

You can’t keep your life from being sad sometimes. But, maybe, you can control some of the lyrics to your song. Make God’s words some of your lyrics. Some people memorize verses in the Bible. You know why? So when bad things happen, those words come to their mind. That helps them in making right decisions and handling adversity. The right lyrics. God’s words. There are times when hearing the right thing can move you in the right direction.

Life’s a breeze, dance, live, enjoy! But for those times when your life hits the wall, have some lyrics that will get you through the rough patch. Read the words of God. They’re powerful.

Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119

Check out Frank Ocean for yourself.

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There’s a Bathroom on the Right

Oh my, oh my! Those misunderstood song lyrics. Some are famous, like when Jimi Hendrix was singing: “‘Scuse me while I kiss the sky!” Some people thought he was saying: “‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy!” There’s a little bit of difference there, don’t you think?

Another one is the Creedence Clearwater Revival line that says: “There’s a bad moon on the rise.” And many thought it said: “There’s a bathroom on the right.” Oh, and I know a guy that when The Young Rascals sing: “Life would be ecstasy, you and me endlessly,” he still sings “Life would be ecstasy, you and me and Leslie.” I keep telling him to get his mind out of the gutter!

Here’s what happens though. You hear the wrong words, but then you somehow make sense of them in the context of the song. In other words, you justify what you hear, you make it work…even though it’s incorrect.

This happens with the Bible sometimes. You’ll read a passage and think you know what it says. Or, someone will tell you what it says. And, if you’re incorrect, you will begin to bend everything else you know to fit your understanding. This is why it’s so very important to read or listen to the Bible for yourself. To put what is said in context, to understand the full meaning. You should never trust anyone to tell you what the Bible says without checking it out yourself.

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true…. 2 Timothy 3

The best story I’ve heard is of a girl who thought instead of singing “Crimson and clover, over and over,” Tommy James was singing “Christmas is over, over and over.” Well…the song did come out in November 1968 so maybe she didn’t hear it until December 26?!!

All right now! Check out the misunderstood lyrics mentioned above:

Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock ’69 “Purple Haze” 

The Young Rascals “Groovin'”

Creedence Clearwater Revival “Bad Moon Rising”

Tommy James & the Shondells “Crimson and Clover”

 

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