November 2008


interruptus

This image was taken from the Mayo Clinic’s birth control guide. For the men out there, read it and weep. For the women, read, and never be fooled.

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It’s funny how you listen or even sing along to a song for the longest time but never really pay attention to what it says. I’ve found this to be a typical reaction of mine to Indigo Girls‘s songs. First the melody would catch my attention, then I would get familiar with the lyrics so I can sing along with it, and then sometimes, much later, the song’s meaning would just suddenly connect.

This morning, “Gone Again” was playing on my mind because Curlytop has, well, gone again. On a trip abroad. I played several Indigo Girls songs until I got to “Watershed”. I like this song but I don’t remember paying much attention to it until this morning when I heard the words, “Standing at the fork in the road/ You can stand there and agonize/ Till your agony’s your heaviest load…”

I looked up the lyrics, and when I read the words while listening to the song, maganda pala talaga. More than just a catchy tune and easy to recall lyrics, singing the song now felt like nodding in assent to what the song had been saying all along. It also feels like one of those “you know you’re getting old when…” moments.

Watershed

Thought I knew my mind
Like the back of my hand
The gold and the rainbow
But nothing panned out as I planned
And they say only milk and honeys
Gonna make your soul satisfied
Well I better learn how to swim
Cause the crossing is chilly and wide

Twisted guardrails on the highway
Broken glass on the cement
A ghost of someones tragedy
How recklessly my time has been spent
They say that its never too late
But you dont, you dont get any younger
Well I better learn how to starve the emptiness
And feed the hunger

Up on the watershed
Standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agonys your heaviest load
Youll never fly as the crow flies
Get used to a country mile
When youre learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while

And theres always retrospect
(when youre looking back)
To light a clearer path
Every five years or so I look back on my life
And I have a good laugh
You start at the top
Go full circle round
Catch a breeze
Take a spill
But ending up where I started again
Makes me wanna stand still

Up on the watershed
Standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agonys your heaviest load
Youll never fly as the crow flies
Get used to a country mile
When youre learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while

Stepping on a crack
Breaking up and looking back
Til every tree limb overhead just seems to sit and wait
Til every step you take becomes a twist of fate

Up on the watershed
Standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agonys your heaviest load
Youll never fly as the crow flies
Get used to a country mile
When youre learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while

Up on the watershed
Standing at the fork in the road
You can stand there and agonize
Till your agonys your heaviest load
Youll never fly as the crow flies
Get used to a country mile
When youre learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while

And when youre learning to face
The path at your pace
Every choice is worth your while