Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Shake It Off…. (Florence of the Machines)



(lyrics)
Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play
And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn
And I've been a fool and I've been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I'm always dragging that horse around
All of his questions, such a mournful sound
Tonight I'm gonna bury that horse in the ground
Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah!
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, ooh woah!
And I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I'm gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues drawn
It's always darkest before the dawn
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, ooh woah!
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
(shake him off)
And given half the chance would I take any of it back
(shake him off)
It's a fine romance but its left me so undone
(shake him off)
It's always darkest before the dawn
Oh woah, oh woah!
And I'm damned if I do and I'm damned if I don't
So here's to drinks in the dark at the end of my rope
And I'm ready to suffer and I'm ready to hope
It's a shot in the dark aimed right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Looking for heaven, found the devil in me
Well what the hell I'm gonna let it happen to me, ohh
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, ooh woah!
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah!
And it's hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah!
There's so much liturgy to be discussed here. I will try to do my best to fit it all in before my writing becomes long winded.  

Okay first, this song is absolutely beautiful in the poetic sense that we can try all we want to in controlling our lives and situations but we will always be tormented by our regrets because if we follow a life of regret aka a life about "ourselves", our wants, our desires, we will always be following our demons.  Our demons of greed, vanity, murder….PRIDE (ahhh I suffer from this one too much)!  We will always build up our idols around US to set up US up upon an altar of worship.  In doing things our way and our comforts we put God below us,  He's a God for "us" right?  Not "Them."
If we keep  our same issues drawn, we're stuck in this rat race cycle of finger pointing, of living life about us it is hard to see life any.other.way!  We become blind in our pursuits of happiness, of entertainment, of glory, even if our pursuit of our own glory looks like pursuit of God's glory (aka counterfeit christianity, I've done that before).  We get fooled into thinking that we are in the right.  Just remember this:  WE ARE NEVER IN THE RIGHT!! No seriously the right way is the way NONE of us want to go.  It's a struggle and it takes losing ourselves to find it.  It's turning our back on our own wants, desires, and hopes and giving them to God.  Which in the end will make us happier.

"I'm dragging that horse around.  All his questions such a mournful sound.  Tonight I'm going to bury that horse in the ground."  This makes my geeky, poetry side all giddy as I think of all the deep mysterious symbolism of this.  Okay, Horses were the war-machines from back in the day, right? I see horses and stables used as symbolic a lot in songs and poetry.  Did you know God told King Samuel not to bred horses.  Well, like us, Samuel didn't think he heard the Lord right or something so he bred them anyways.  He had unbelief in God's way that he wanted to take control of things.  He wanted to put Man's will over God's.  You get what I'm saying?  This is a trend of ours.  Putting God on the side and just doing things our way.

Our way is always going to result in violence it's always going to be dark.  It's always going to point the problem at other people rather than ourselves.  We always don't see ourselves played into the story as bad guys but what if we did?  What if you and I were played right into it as the religious pharasiees and political power.  Don't both of this things, work towards glorifying man?  Religious people always seeing the blame in others and political power is a result from our greed and lack of faith of not putting God first and foremost.  Not believing in the Holy Spirit to do the work in people, while we just love them.  I don't think y'all are ready for this…maybe I'm not either.  I always want to blame stuff on others.  Other's greeds, other's sins, other's faults.
 But do you know what this sin culminate to?  Killing God.  We don't want others to be better, we want to be better.  Jesus was walking testament that there is better, and we didn't like that.  So we killed him.  He lifted up the poor, noooo that goes against our systems, the rich are always first right?  That makes sense to us.  He broke religious laws.  What? We don't follow rules in labeling ourselves as Christians?  "Oh, look I saw that person drinking the other day, they must not love Jesus like they said they did."  Maybe you didn't see them give most their money to the poor either? Just saying…  They called Jesus a drunkard and a glutton.  He enjoyed living too much, and he was poor and he drank wine, he def can't be the Messiah.  He went into the worst of sinner's houses and ate and drank with them.  He is blasphemous! Def let's kill him! And the cycle continues and we get no where.  (I know Jesus was raised from the dead, but we're not going to bring him to life in us as we continue this cycle!)

But you know what…we can bury that horse in the ground I been dragging around. That race horse doing the rat race of life,  because it's always darkess before the dawn.  And my graceless heart, well I'm going to cut that out and restart.  You know, maybe shake it out a little bit.  Shake off some of that weight, I put on my self, when I put myself first.  It causes others pain, suffering.  I'm not made to serve myself, I'm made to serve others anyways. I'm happier that way. When that devil is on my back well I'll just shake him off.  You know what I might have the devil in me but I'm still looking for Heaven and I'm still bringing it here and by doing that I DO shake him off!
I believe Heaven's here and I believe it's there. Let's quit romancing our ideas with War and violence.  Or we'll never get there.  I bring a little bit of heaven here when I bless others. When I show others how much God loves and cares about them.  When I tell them they are worthy despite what social status and religion tell them.  YOU ARE ENOUGH. Even when the devils on your back.  And at the end of your rope, death might be at your door…

…But is death the end?  Isn't that what Jesus came to teach us.  There's resurrection in death. And it's life everlasting. We can have everlasting water here and there. To drink from that cup  we have to be ready to suffer and we have to be ready to hope. It's a shot in the dark, right at our own throats.  We gotta keep looking for heaven.  Bringing it here and sacrificing our graceless hearts for more.  Remember it's always darkess before the dawn...

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