Song Lyric Sunday

Helen Espinosa has, this week, declared Song-Lyric Sunday’s theme to be a “break up song.”

Back in the late 1970’s, I was involved in a relationship from my late teens into my early 20’s that held a lot of good, but also a lot of not so good. I hung onto it and stayed in it longer than I should have out of fear of change, thinking there would never been anyone else out there, and for assorted other wrong reasons. I finally extricated myself to find this relationship had taught me what I didn’t want and what I did want and need. At that time in my life I was listening to a lot of Jackson Browne, and his song Late for the Sky played incessantly on my turntable. These few lines from the song always rang so true for me: “You never knew what I loved in you, I don’t know what you loved in me, Maybe the picture of somebody you were hoping I might be.” Jackson Browne says that this is one of his most personal songs. “It’s about a moment when you realize that something has changed, it’s over, and you’re late for wherever you’re going to be next.”

The words had all been spoken
And somehow the feeling still wasn’t right
And still we continued on through the night
Tracing our steps from the beginning
Until they vanished into the air
Trying to understand how our lives has led us there

Looking hard into your eyes
There was nobody I’d ever known
Such an empty surprise to feel so alone

Now for me some words come easy
But I know that they don’t mean that much
Compared with the things that are said when lovers touch
You never knew what I loved in you
I don’t know what you loved in me
Maybe the picture of somebody you were hoping I might be

Awake again I can’t pretend and I know I’m alone
And close to the end of the feeling we’ve known

How long have I been sleeping
How long have I been drifting alone through the night
How long have I been dreaming I could make it right
If I closed my eyes and tried with all my might
To be the one you need

Awake again I can’t pretend and I know I’m alone
And close to the end of the feeling we’ve known

How long have I been sleeping
How long have I been drifting alone through the night
How long have I been running for that morning flight
Through the whispered promises and the changing light
Of the bed where we both lie
Late for the sky

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19 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday

  1. I have always liked the Jackson Browne band. This song and lyrics are really great, ones I had nearly forgotten. Thanks for this nostalgic flash back and your personal story of a break up in your younger days.

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  2. Wow, that’s a perfect break up song. The lyrics are spot on! Why is it that we keep hanging on even though we know it’s doomed? I guess there are many answers to that, as you said.

    Thanks for playing along. I love being introduced to music I haven’t heard before. 😊

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  3. I was driving to work one day and heard Taylor Swift singing “we are never getting back together” and texted my daughter that I thought about her and her (now) ex-boyfriend. Yup. She heard that song and told the (now) ex-, “Hey, this is about us!”
    I so love when a song speaks to you.

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