Monday, September 29, 2008

Writer song meme thing

That scamp Lucy memed me: Find a song that sums up what you think it means to be a writer and post the lyrics on your blog and why you've chosen it. NB: It doesn't have to be your favourite song, it just has to express how you feel about writing and/or being a writer. It can be literal, metaphorical, about a particular form or aspect of writing - whatever you want. Then tag 5 others to do the same.

My choice is Ali in the Jungle by The Hours. Catchy as all get out, heartfelt too. Best of it, it sums up the writer's lot in life. Rejection is a fact for writers much of the time. How you cope with it, how you come back from being turned down over and over defines your future. Many people believe talent will out, but only if you give it the chance to be seen. That often means coming back from rejection. Anywhere, here's what The Hours say...
It's not how you start, it's how you finish.
And it's not where you're from, it's where you're at.

[REFRAIN:]
Everybody gets knocked down,
Everybody gets knocked down,
How quick are you gonna get up?
How quick are you gonna get up?
Everybody gets knocked down,
Everybody gets knocked down,
How quick are you gonna get up?
Just how are you gonna get up?

[CHORUS:]
Like Ali in the jungle,
Like Nelson in jail,
Like Simpson on the mountain,
With odds like that, they were bound to fail.
Like Keller in the darkness,
Like Adam's in the dark,
Like Ludwig Van, how I loved that man,
Well the guy went deaf and didn't give a damn, no.
No, no, no.

It's not where you are, it's where you're going.
Where are you going?
And it's not about the things you've done, it's what you're doing now.
What are you doing now?

[REFRAIN, CHORUS]

It's the greatest comeback since Lazarus,
The greatest comeback since Lazarus.
It's the greatest comeback since Lazarus,
The greatest comeback.
It's the greatest comeback since Lazarus,
The greatest comeback.
The greatest comeback since Lazarus,
The greatest comeback.

I tag Joel, Pete, Paul, Jane, and Andy.

1 comment:

joelmead said...

Bloody hell, this is a challenge that sounds like fun. Give me a couple of days to think about this one. Glad you put me back on the blogroll:)