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Lyric of the Week: WHAT THE MUSIC MEANS TO ME

Updated: May 7

Listen to my band play this song

Listen to the words and sing along

I’ll tell you

What the music really means

To believe, to be true

To chase dreams and bring them through

Well that’s

What the music means to me

I’ve seen so many friends of mine

Work work working all the time

Spinning away their life

Just to stay alive

They used to be like me with ideals

But they gave it all up for what they call Real

They say you can’t eat faith

That just won’t make you thrive

But life don’t mean a thing

If that life don’t got that swing

And that’s

What the music means to me

To believe, to be true

To chase dreams and bring them through

Well that’s

What the music means to me

My girlfriends my teachers my folks

They tried so hard to coax

Telling me telling me

You gotta change change change

Change the way you’re walking

Change the way you’re talking

Change your way of life

It makes us look strange

But I learned never to conform

To other people’s norms

And that’s

What the music means to me

To believe, to be true

To chase dreams and bring them through

Well that’s

What the music means to me

When I was growing up I’d listen

To the heart and soul musicians

Speaking to me singing

About reasons to believe

But then they all got older

Their warmth, it got colder

They said, Then we were younger

And we were so naïve.

Well they felt that they failed

And me I felt betrayal

It hurt so bad like breaking up

I felt like I been hit

There ain’t no reason to be so negative

We should give it all that we can give

Maybe we alone can’t change the world

But we can all do our bit

‘Cause if the world is cruel

We gotta make our own rules

There’s no fixed way

That life is meant to be

To believe, to be true

To chase dreams and bring them through

Well that’s

What the music means to me

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Hidden in that copse of trees up on the hill is the army base where I was stationed when I wrote this and a lot of other songs.

I wrote this song in early 1988, during the last months of my service in the Israel Defense Forces when I was already looking forward to my discharge and thinking of what I would be doing once I became a civilian again. See, I had gone into the army three years earlier as an idealistic, naïve, and just slightly clueless teenager and now I was about to be released into the world as a tougher, more pragmatic, albeit still slightly clueless adult. Three years in the army, even with all their hair-raising situations, still constituted a bubble in which all my material needs were met; once I'd be out in the world, I'd have to take care of my own needs. And in this state of unsureness, I wanted to declare to myself and the world that no matter what I undertook, the music would always be a guide.

These lyrics actually have music to them ... several years earlier I had heard a Jordanian reggae song (yes, such a thing did exist) about showing the world what reggae really means (anyone who can find that song for me gets a free CD). I converted the chord progression from major to minor and there I had it. It has yet to be performed, though.

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