Saturday, March 24, 2012

Saturday Song Salute

Today's Saturday Song Salute goes to the song Heaven by the band Live. As track number one, it kicks off their album Birds Of Pray (2003), the second to last album the band would create before their separation in 2010. Much like the other seven billion people on planet earth, I spend a great deal of time pondering life, religion, and god. I was raised by a Christian mother and an agnostic father and have made friends in life with people from all walks of faith. I have studied and read, experimented with psychedelics, listened to perspectives and ideas and philosophies, have gone to churches and prayed and felt currents of energy move through me that was labeled the "holy spirit". As I grow older I find myself taking giant steps away from organized religion, but I approach such a heavy subject with a very open mind and heart, always doing my best to keep all possibilities piled on the table in neat little stacks. That being said, I love the approach taken in this song. I don't have children, but I imagine if I did I would think about them and constantly be amazed by the wonder of their being and creation. It would seem they would be my greatest teacher in life, that I wouldn't need anyone to tell me about heaven, I could look at my daughter and believe. Yeah, this song is pretty great, and it was a huge single for them so you probably already know it, but give it another listen anyhow:
Heaven by Live

You don't need no friends
get back your faith again
you have the power to believe
another dissident
take back your evidence
it has no power to deceive

I'll believe it when I see it, for myself

I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter, and I believe.
I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset and I perceive

I sit with them all night
everything they say is right
but in the morning they were wrong
I'll be right by your side
come hell or water high
down any road you choose to roam

I'll believe it when I see it for myself

I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter, and I believe.
I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset and I perceive, yeah

darling, I believe, Oh Lord
sometimes it's hard to breathe, Lord
at the bottom of the sea, yeah yeah

I'll believe it when I see it for myself

I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter, and I believe.
I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset and I perceive

I don't need no one to tell me about heaven
I look at my daughter, and I believe.
I don't need no proof when it comes to God and truth
I can see the sunset
I can see the sunset
I can see the sunset
I don't need no one
Ohhhh
I don't need no one
I don't need no one
I don't need no one
To tell me about heaven
I believe
I believe it, yeah

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