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Heaven is Long Way To Go, Don’t Sweat The Small Stuffs

The title of this article would probably remind you to a line from a novel written by Stephen King, Insomnia (1994). Nevertheless, this will not talk about The Machinist (2004), a film starred by Christian Bale where he almost killed himself to make him look like pathetic person who couldn’t sleep for a year.

This article maybe will mislead your understanding when you don’t read this until the last words.

I am going to talk about four songs that depict the attitudes of people facing reality. I will not give you bla bla psychological neologisms since I am myself not a shrink.

The first song is from Alanis Morrisette, Hand in My Pocket (1995). Here is the lyric:

I’m broke but I’m happy
I’m poor but I’m kind
I’m short but I’m healthy, yeah

I’m high but I’m grounded
I’m sane but I’m overwhelmed
I’m lost but I’m hopeful, baby

And what it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine
Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five

I feel drunk but I’m sober
I’m young and I’m underpaid
I’m tired but I’m working, yeah

I care but I’m restless
I’m here but I’m really gone
I’m wrong and I’m sorry, baby

And what it all comes down to
Is that everything’s gonna be quite alright
Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is flicking a cigarette

And what it all comes down to
Is that I haven’t got it all figured out just yet
Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving the peace sign

I’m free but I’m focused
I’m green but I’m wise
I’m hard but I’m friendly, baby

I’m sad but I’m laughing
I’m brave but I’m chicken shit
I’m sick but I’m pretty, baby

And what it all boils down to
Is that no one’s really got it figured out just yet
Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is playing a piano

And what it all comes down to my friends, yeah
Is that everything is just fine fine fine
Cause I’ve got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is hailing a taxi cab

I kinda like this song. This song tells you that shits do happen in one’s life, in your lives. It is yet saying that these shits sometimes do not have any explanations why they could be in your lives. They cannot be easily explained by the law of cause and effect. They are just shits. However, this song also shares one important lesson to us: Is that everything’s gonna be fine fine fine … Is that everything’s gonna be quite alright. It does not teach you to blame others or other things like Milli Vanilli’s Blame It On The Rain (1989). It just tells you that you still have other things awaiting you. Sounds silly? No, It doesn’t sound silly.

When it comes to control our state of mind, you will understand that our mind is unique. Some wise people will say that happiness is only the way you see things and not the things itself. If you can see shits as just shits and nothing but shits, you will be okay. You still have tons of non shitty shits. There is nothing wrong with shit because, again, shit does happen. Well, at least the words shit happens will remind you to Forrest Gump (1994) right?

The second song is California Dreamin’ (1965) by The Mamas and The Papas. Here’s the lyric:

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day.

I’d be safe and warm
if I was in L.A.
California dreamin’
on such a winter’s day.

Stop in to a church I pass along the way.
Well I got down on my knees
And I pretend to pray.
You know the preacher likes the cold.
He knows I’m gonna stay.
California dreamin’
on such a winter’s day.

All the leaves are brown
And the sky is gray.
I’ve been for a walk
On a winter’s day.

If I didn’t tell her
I could leave today.
California dreamin’

on such a winter’s day,
California dreamin’

on such a winter’s day,
California dreamin’

on such a winter’s day.

The song is one of the best rock n roll songs. It gives you a picture of someone who keeps wanting something that is far from his reach. He goes to a church to find a peaceful mind but he doesn’t get any. He takes a stay in a church not to pray but pretend to pray. Moreover, he doesn’t try to focus on himself but he rather thinks about the preacher. It doesn’t stop right there … the story goes … a man who cannot accept his reality and keep dreaming about the non-reality.

The third song is from Steve Miller Band, The Joker (1973). The Joker gives you a nuance when someone does not care to what happens surround him. He focuses only on the things he believes. He lives the life he chooses to live. He grins and laughs at life. He does put emphasis that everything is okay as long as you don’t hurt no one.

Here’s the lyris of The Joker

Some people call me the space cowboy, yeah
Some call me the gangster of love
Some people call me Maurice
Cause I speak of the pompitous[1] of love

People keep talkin’ about me, baby
Say I’m doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong
Well, don’t you worry baby
Don’t worry
Cause I’m right here, right here, right here, right here at home

Cause I’m a picker
I’m a grinner
I’m a lover
And I’m a sinner
I play my music in the sun

I’m a joker
I’m a smoker
I’m a midnight toker
I get my lovin’ on the run

You’re the cutest thing
That I ever did see
I really love your peaches
Want to shake your tree
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
baby, I’ll sure show you a good time

Cause I’m a picker
I’m a grinner
I’m a lover
And I’m a sinner
I play my music in the sun

I’m a joker
I’m a smoker
I’m a midnight toker
I sure don’t want to hurt no one

People talk about me, baby
Say I’m doin’ you wrong, doin’ you wrong
Well, don’t you worry baby
Don’t worry mama
Cause I’m right here at home

You’re the cutest thing
That I ever did see
I really love your peaches
Want to shake your tree
Lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey, lovey-dovey all the time
Come on baby I’ll show you a good time

Well, this song is quite blatant in expressing love. Yet this song tells you something that I have explained above. It is kind of attitude where one doesn’t care what others are saying as long as he believes that he doesn’t hurt no one. Life is full of fun. To live a life means to enjoy it like a sinner who plays his music in the sun. When night comes, this kind of person is always waiting for smoking pot time …. You interpret yourself …

Let’s move to the last song. It is Life Goes On (1995) from 2Pac Shakur.

How many brothers fell victim to the streets
Rest in peace young nigga, there’s a Heaven for a ‘G’
Be a lie, If I told ya that I never thought of death
My niggas, we tha last ones left
But life goes on

As I bail through tha empty halls
Breath stinkin’
In my draws
Ring, ring, ring
Quiet y’all
Incoming call
Plus this my homie from high school
He’s getting bye
It’s time to bury another brotha nobody cry
Life as a baller
Alcohol and booty calls
We usta do them as adolecents
Do you recall?
Raised as G’s
Loc’ed out and blazed the weed
Get on tha roof
Let’s get smoked out
And blaze with me
2 in tha morning
And we still high assed out
Screamin’ ‘thug till I die’
Before I passed out
But now that your gone
I’m in tha zone
Thinkin’
‘I don’t wanna die all alone’
But now ya gone
And all I got left are stinkin’ memories
I love them niggas to death
I’m drinkin’ Hennessy
While tryin’ ta make it last
I drank a 5th for that ass
When you passed….
Cause life goes on

Yeah nigga
I got tha word as hell
Ya blew trial and tha judge gave you
25 with an L
Time to prepare to do fed time
Won’t see parole
Imagine life as a convict
That’s gettin’ old
Plus with tha drama
We’re lookin out for your baby’s mama
Taken risks, while keepin’ cheap tricks from gettin on her…
Life in tha hood…
Is all good for nobody
Remember gamin’ on dumb hotties at chill parties
Me and you
No true a two
While scheming on hits
And gettin tricks
That maybe we can slide into
But now you buried
Rest nigga
Cause I ain’t worried
Eyes blurry
Sayin’ goodbye at the cemetary
Tho’ memories fade
I got your name tated on my arm
So we both ball till’ my dying days
Before I say goodbye
Kato and Mental rest in peace
Thug till I die

Bury me smilin’
With G’s in my pocket
Have a party at my funeral
Let every rapper rock it
Let tha hoes that I usta know
From way before
Kiss me from my head to my toe
Give me a paper and a pen
So I can write about my life of sin
A couple bottles of Gin
In case I don’t get in
Tell all my people I’m a Ridah
Nobody cries when we die
We outlaws
Let me ride
Until I get free
I live my life in tha fast lane
Got police chasin me
To my niggas from old blocks
From old crews
Niggas that guided me through
Back in tha old school
Pour out some liquor
Have a toast for tha homies
See we both gotta die
But ya chose to go before me
And brothas miss ya while you’re gone
You left your nigga on his own
How long we mourn
Life goes on…

Life goes on homie
Gone on, cause they passed away
Niggas doin’ life
Niggas doin’ 50 and 60 years and shit
I feel ya nigga, trust me
I feel ya
You know what I mean
Last year
We poured out liquor for ya
This year nigga, life goes on
We’re gonna clock now
Get money
Evade bitches
Evade tricks
Give players plenty space
And basicaly just represent for you baby
Next time you see your niggas
Your gonna be on top nigga
Their gonna be like
‘Goddamn, them niggas came up’
That’s right baby
Life goes on….
And we up out this bitch
Hey Kato, Mental
Y’all niggas make sure it’s poppin’ when we get up there
Don’t front

(Got this lyric from http://rapgenius.com/2pac-life-goes-on-lyrics )

All in all, this song surely describes about the man who is in never-ending struggle against the world. Although he says: “life goes on” but he keeps doing the old ways. He continues the old methods and sings the same songs again and again. He believes that luck will eventually comes to him. Well, the old way wasn’t working why keep it goin’?

The message is clear. Life is hard, as you may refer to Goo Goo Dolls’s Iris (1997) “you bleed just to know you’re alive” or Prie G.S.’s in Ipung (2010) Life is hard so hit it hard”, or probably Ebiet G. Ade’s Menjaring Matahari (1987).

So, we have four attitudes:

  1. Take the situation calmly. Live your life happily. Everything’s gonna be okay.
  2. Keep dreaming about out of reach fantasy. Live in gloomy spirit.
  3. Don’t give a damn about what’s happening. Live a joyful life. Smoke one or two?
  4. Life is hard. You should reach the top with hard working. Life goes on, but you cannot and must not forget your past.

In regard to the title of this writing, this points out to number 1. Don’t fight back, read the situation thoroughly and adapt. Ah …. this brings me to Tao Te Ching’s Ch. 24[2]If you want to accord with the Tao, just do your job, then let go”.

Yes, heaven is long way to go, don’t sweat the small stuffs. Learn to adapt and survive. Believe in God. Everything will be okay.

REFERENCES

Ade, E.G. 1987. Menjaring Matahari. On Menjaring Matahari [Audio Cassette]. Indonesia: E.G.A. Records.

Curtis, E.; Ertegün, A.; Miller, S. October 1973. The Joker [Recorded by Steve Miller Band]. On The Joker [Vynil Record]. US: Capitol Records.

Finerman, W.; Tisch, S.; Newirth, C. (Producers) & Zemeckis, R. 6 July 1994. Forrest Gump [Motion Picture]. US: Paramount Pictures.

G.S., Prie. 2010. Ipung vol. 1. Jakarta: Penerbit Republika.

King, S. 1994. Insomnia. New York: Viking Press.

Fernández, C.; Fernández, J.; Nava, A. (Producers) & Anderson, B. (Director). 18 January 2004. The Machinist [Motion Picture]. Spain: Filmax Entertainment Canal+ España Instituto de la Cinematografía y de las Artes Audiovisuales.

Morissette, A. 1995. Hand in My Pocket. On Jagged Little Pill [CD]. US: Maverick Records.

Phillips, J & Phillips, M. 1965. California Dreamin’ [Recorded by The Mamas and The Papas]. On If You Can Believe Your Eyes and Ears [Vynil Record]. US: Dunhill Records.

Romo, A. 1997. Iris [Recorded by Goo Goo Dolls]. On City of Angels: Music from the Motion Picture [CD]. US: Warner Bros.

Shakur, T & Jackson. October 1995. Life Goes On [Recorded by Tupac Shakur feat. Nanci Fletcher and Stacey Smallie]. On All Eyez on Me [CD]. US: Death Row Records.

Warren, D. 1988. Blame It on The Rain [Recorded by Milli Vanilli]. On  Girl You Know It’s True [CD maxi]. US: Arista Records.

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