Ya Couldn’t, Anyway


This is one of my favorite songs. It was written by Shannon Hoon, and performed by him and his band, Blind Melon. Shannon died in 1995 from the requisite rock star overdose. If you ask me, it was a great loss to the world. The second video is his daughter, Nico, singing the song that her father loved so much.

I don’t feel the sun’s comin’ out today
It’s staying in, it’s gonna find another way.
As I sit here in this misery,
I don’t think I’ll ever, no lord, see the sun from here.
And oh as I fade away,
They’ll all look at me and say, and they’ll say,
“Hey look at him, I’ll never live that way.”
But that’s okay, they’re just afraid to change.
And when you feel your life ain’t worth living
You’ve got to stand up and take a look around you
Then a look way up to the sky.
And when your deepest thoughts are broken,
Keep on dreaming, boy, ’cause when you stop dreamin’ it’s time to die.
And as we all play parts of tomorrow,
Some ways we’ll work and other ways we’ll play.
But I know we can’t all stay here forever,
So I want to write my words on the face of today
…And then they’ll paint it
And oh as I fade away,
They’ll all look at me and say, they’ll say,
“Hey look at him and where he is these days.”
When life is hard, you have to change.
When life is hard, you have to change.

onyx hand touches heart


an onyx hand trembles

contrasted against the pages of a notebook

as the hand moves through each page

all filled with darkest confessions made lyrics

a band silently awaits their leader

the hand settles on a page

one that tells the story of that very group of young men

brothers, all

hand leaves page

takes up the mic

words suddenly scream their way to life

the band falls gratefully into a cacophony of rage