Week 36: Freedom to Feel

I came across this quote somewhere, taken from a Jim Morrison interview:

People are afraid of themselves, of their own reality; their feelings most of all. People talk about how great love is, but that’s bullshit. Love hurts. Feelings are disturbing. People are taught that pain is evil and dangerous. How can they deal with love if they’re afraid to feel? Pain is meant to wake us up. People try to hide their pain. But they’re wrong. Pain is something to carry, like a radio. You feel your strength in the experience of pain. It’s all in how you carry it. That’s what matters. Pain is a feeling. Your feelings are a part of you. Your own reality. If you feel ashamed of them, and hide them, you’re letting society destroy your reality. You should stand up for your right to feel your pain.

You can read the whole interview here. This summed up so much of what I believe so well, and got me thinking I should try to say something about it in a song. As usual I had the tune and the chords and the rhythm before I found the lyrics, but once I knew what I was wanting to say the lyrics came quite quickly.


36 Freedom to feel
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Lyrics

For days I waited lonely I was shifting my gaze back to the ways I’ve been hoping for praise in the deep dark mazes of love
Find me a love who’s lonely one who knows what’s true the way the lonely do who can see right through what I do when I can’t find love

I feel like a one horse trailer to a film about a shipwrecked sailor alone at the end of the world dreaming about love
And though his mind is aching his heart flies out where the waves are breaking, across the water blown on by the winds of love

Oh what has become
Of all my freedom to feel
Every little ache every ripple in the lake every little sign that my soul is awake?
And oh what is this shame
Deep in the heart of my pain?
Makes it feel so wrong to sing my saddest song, I turn away from my soul again

This world is jammed with subtle signs that tingle and tease the mind
And promise you the earth if you just learn to hide your pain
Such sweet and subtle violence all complicit in this code of silence don’t cry just got to do what you can to maintain

What have we done
With all our freedom to feel
Every little ache every ripple in the lake every little sign that your soul is awake?
And oh what is this shame
Deep in the heart of our pain?
Makes it feel so wrong to sing your saddest song, you turn away from your soul again

I hear the little children crying in the dark, slowly fading, slowly caving and behaving in the way they must
To some it’s just a tantrum but I call that a freedom anthem come on love me and help me to learn how to trust

What have we done
With all our freedom to feel
Every little ache every ripple in the lake every little sign that your soul is awake?
Oh what is this shame
Deep in the heart of our pain?
Makes it feel so wrong to sing your saddest song, you turn away from your soul again

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