Daily Prompt: Bittersweet Symphony

Posted July 10, 2013 by @Angelized_1st in Article, Daily Prompt / 0 Comments


Daily Prompt: Earworm

Write whatever you normally write about, and weave in a book quote, film quote, or song lyric that’s been sticking with you this week.

Coming up with a quote or song lyric that’s been sticking with me wasn’t very taxing. I have several that pop in at any given moment on the regular. I don’t often know why they do, but when they do I can’t get rid of them. It doesn’t matter how many books I read, or how many songs I hear, or films I watch. Once one of the five quotes/lyrics pop in my mind, it’s stuck. Sometimes for days on end. Today I’m lucky. I don’t have any of my old stand-by friends lingering around my noggin, but now that I’ve read this prompt it didn’t take long for one to creep in. Funny enough, it’s one that’s been with me the longest.

“Bittersweet Symphony” from The Verve has been stuck in my head basically since I first heard in Cruel Intentions. While I often remember that film as a teen rip-off of one of Dangerous Liaisons, the song has stuck with me for what seems like forever. Funny thing is, it’s not the entire song, or even the same line that keeps repeating. I guess the song has stayed in my mind for as long as it has, because I only remember the lyrics that are pertinent at the time.

When I’m going through financial difficulty, or in between jobs, I find myself thinking of these lines:

‘Cause it’s a bittersweet symphony, this life

Try to make ends meet

You’re a slave to money then you die

Even though I know the entire song, these three lines just reverberate. They don’t make me sad, mind you. They just fill me with the feeling of “That’s the way it is.” *shrug* Sometimes the words pop in when I’ve worked a lot, and in a great need of a break. Like I said, I don’t always remember the same lines. When I’m having relationship woes, be it with friends, family, co-workers, etc, I often remember these lines:

No change, I can change, I can change, I can change

But I’m here in my mold

I am here in my mold

But I’m a million different people from one day to the next

I can’t change my mold

No, no, no, no, no

Again. I’m not sad about anything. Maybe I’m just reassuring myself that I didn’t cause the problem. I honestly don’t know. I do know, however, that when I am actually sad or depressed, these lyrics pop into my mind:

Well I never pray

But tonight I’m on my knees yeah

I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah

I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now

But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

While I may not know why this song has popped into my mind for the past 16 years… Holy hell, has it been that long? I guess the song resonates with me, and I’m pretty sure that’s the point. artists create work they hope will resonate with the audience long after they see/hear/experience it. Maybe it’s been a blessing that I’ve been comforted by these lyrics, and not the curse I’ve always seen it as. If you want it stuck in your head, then by all means. Press play!


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