Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Merry Go Round

There's a new country song that I've been listening to a lot lately. I feel like I can really connect with it, sometimes I feel just the way the narrator feels in the song. Here are the lyrics, I've bolded the lines that I can relate to.
Merry Go Round
By Kacey Musgraves
If you ain't got two kids by 21,
You're probably gonna die alone
At least that's what tradition told you.

And it don't matter if you don't believe,
Come Sunday morning you best be there
In the front row, like you're s'posed to.

Same hurt in every heart.
Same trailer, different park.

Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
And Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go,
Where it stops nobody knows...
And it ain't slowin' down, this merry go 'round...


We think the first time's good enough,
So we hold on to high school love,

Say we won't end up like our parents.

Tiny little boxes in a row,
Ain't what you want it's what you know,
Just happy in the shoes you're wearin'.


Same checks we're always cashin',
To buy a little more distraction.

Cause Mamas hooked on Mary Kay
Brothers hooked on Mary Jane
Daddys hooked on Mary two doors down.

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We get bored so we get married
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go,
Where we stop nobody knows...
And it ain't slowin' down, this merry go 'round...

Mary Mary quite contrary,
We're so bored until we're buried.
And just like dust we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round...
Merry go 'round...


Jack and Jill went up the hill,
Jack burned out on booze and pills,
And Mary had a little lamb,
Mary just don't give a damn no more.
So I'd like to point out the obvious: this is not a happy song. Just because I can relate to the lyrics does not mean that I always feel that way.

For example, the lyric "We think the first time's good enough / So we hold on to high school love". Yes, I married my high school sweetheart. Yes, sometimes I wonder what it would be like to have been with someone else. That doesn't mean that I love him any less or that I'm going to cheat or anything like that. I just like the lyric because it's true. We find something good and we hold on to it. Does that make it a bad thing? Does it mean I'm a coward for not looking elsewhere and risking losing the good thing I've already found?

As far as "Mary just don't give a damn no more", well, I know I'm not the only one who feels like this at one point or another! That's just part of life.

How about you, dear reader, any songs you're connecting with lately?

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