What’s the frequency, really….? (Part 3 [the soundtrack]) (previously published on Sniperhunter2012)

The songs we love, songs we hate, songs we fuck to, chill with, break up to, argue about, share with friends – the soundtrack to our lives – helps to define who and where we are in life. Hunter just broke with a joy sucking, relationship trashing, life stunting psyche hate-fucking obsession with politics. In keeping with a longstanding tradition, Hunter shares the love.

Here’s your correspondent’s current soundtrack, a paean to self-affirmation; letting go of self-doubt and old pain. Standing strong. In no particular order here are Hunter’s (currently) top ten (+ one) “I’m feeling awesome, gonna be fine” tunes. With lyrics and (very brief) commentary.

1) Metallica – The Unforgiven

Uncompromising refusal to allow the shit heads who bring you down to get away with an ounce of absolution. Complete with an (unfortunate) self negating sense of giving up. Imagine that, frustration and resignation in metal.

“What I’ve felt What I’ve known Never shined through in what I’ve shown Never free Never me So I dub thee unforgiven..”

Full lyrics here.

2) Semisonic – Who’s Stopping You?

Friends and genuine love will speak absolute truths. They don’t let you get away with excuses.

“We’re wasting our time Watching our old reruns Waiting for the good one that never comes

You say it beats working On the emptiness that’s lurking inside your head Step into the light my friend

Who’s stopping you

You said you had somebody better to become

Who’s stopping you?

[amen, brothers]

Full lyrics here

3) James Morrison – One Life

([ Lyrics from: http://www.lyricsmode.com/lyrics/j/james_morrison/one_life.html ])

No comment on the lyrics is needed, they say it all. Dude has soul, depth, and sings without apologies…should have been born a brotha’…kinda sounds like one.

“If I knew yesterday what I know today, where would I be tomorrow I won’t let my soul slide away, I’d do whatever it takes Coz this time’s only borrowed

I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it I got one life, one life, one life and I’m gonna live it right”

Full lyrics here

4) Melissa Etheridge – Fearless Love

For when you realize you are all you need – and want to share what you are.

“But I am what I am and I am what I am afraid of So what am I afraid of I need a fearless love Don’t need to fear the end If you can’t hold me now You will never hold me again I want to live my life Pursuing all my happiness I want a fearless love I won’t settle for anything less”

[Janice Joplin without that pesky drug overdose]

Full lyrics here

5) Eminem – Not Afraid

[- From: http://www.elyrics.net/read/e/eminem-lyrics/not-afraid-lyrics.html -]

Finished fucking up. Hauling out the trash. Had enough. Taking a stand, fixing your shit, taking no prisoners, shooting for the stars.

“Whichever comes first, for better or worse He’s married to the game, like a fuck-you for Christmas His gift is a curse, forget the earth, he’s got The urge to pull his dick from the dirt and fuck the whole universe

I’m not afraid, I’m not afraid To take a stand, to take a stand Everybody, everybody Come take my hand, come take my hand

We’ll walk this route together through the storm Whatever weather, cold or warm Just lettin’ you know that you’re not alone Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road.”

Full lyrics here

6) Pet Shop BoysGo West

I know, I know…so very 80s, with a so very, very gay vibe (thank you, Village People). Still…When you want to look forward to summer breezes and soft caresses of your ego there’s nothing like this.

“(Together) We will make our plan (Together) We will fly so high (Together) Tell all our friends goodbye (Together) We will start like new (Together) This is what we’ll do: (Go west) Life is peaceful there (Go west) in the open air (Go west) where the skies are blue (Go west) this is what we’re gonna do (Together) We will love the beach (Together) We will learn and teach (Together) Change our pace of life (Together) We will work and thrive”

Full lyrics here

7) Bon Jovi – Blaze of Glory

When you know you’ve done all you can and it wasn’t enough, yet have no regrets. Can’t help but feel your own power hearing those drums.

“You ask about my conscience And I offer you my soul You ask if I’ll grow to be a wise man Well I ask if I’ll grow old You ask me if I known love And what it’s like to sing songs in the rain? Well, I’ve seen love come I’ve seen it shot down I’ve seen it die in vain

Shot down in a blaze of glory (Down) Take me now but know the truth But I’m going down in a blaze of glory (Down) Lord, I never drew first But I drew first blood I’m a devil’s son Call me young gun”

Full lyrics here

8) Third Eye Blind – Jumper

When it’s time to let go and a caring voice is there to offer help without making demands.

“The angry boy, a bit too insane Icing over a secret pain You know you don’t belong

You’re the first to fight You’re way too loud You’re the flash of light on a burial shroud I know something’s wrong

Well, everyone I know has got a reason To say put the past away

Wish you would step back from that ledge, my friend You could cut ties with all the lies that you’ve been living in And if you do not want to see me again I would understand, I would understand”

Full lyrics here

9). Foo FightersThe Pretender

A soul deep ‘fuck off’ to those who dare to say you can’t or shouldn’t

“I’m the voice inside your head you refuse to hear I’m the face that you have to face, mirrorin’ your stare I’m what’s left, I’m what’s right, I’m the enemy I’m the hand that’ll take you down, bring you to your knees So who are you? Yeah, who are you? Yeah, who are you? Yeah, who are you?

Keep you in the dark, you know they all pretend

What if I say I’m not like the others? What if I say I’m not just another one of your plays? You’re the pretender What if I say I will never surrender?”

Full lyrics here

10). Rascal Flatts – Stand

Uplifting without falling into fantasies of invincibility.

“Cause when push comes to shove You taste what you’re made of You might bend till you break Cause it’s all you can take

On your knees you look up Decide you’ve had enough You get mad, you get strong Wipe your hands, shake it off Then you stand, yeah, then you stand

Every time you get up And get back in the race One more small piece of you Starts to fall into place”

Full lyrics here

As we come to the end of the soundtrack of recovery and renewal here are just seven stanzas (including the hook) which reflect, brilliantly, the other 10 tunes:

Yellowcard – Here I Am Alive

“If I could write to the kid I was before, I’d tell him you’ll get everything you ever wanted, But you will still want more. Someone’s going to tell you Who should want to be So you’ll forget the vision that they didn’t want to see And when they give up, cause they will give up say Here I am alive.

They say you don’t grow up You just grow old, It’s safe to say I haven’t done both I made mistakes, I know, I know But here I am alive. So many people close to me cut me down, This is supposed to be a bad luck town I jumped, I fell, I hit the ground. But here I am alive.

If I could write to myself When I was on top of it all, I’d say you’re going overboard and when you’re falling You’re gonna feel so small, Someone’s gonna tell you that you deserve the worst, They’ll say you’re never coming back And tell you that you’re cursed. And when they give up, cause they always give up. Say, here I am alive.

They say you don’t grow up You just grow old, It’s safe to say I haven’t done both I made mistakes, I know, I know But here I am alive. So many people close to me cut me down, This is supposed to be a bad luck town I jumped, I fell, I hit the ground. But here I am alive.

(Alive alive alive alive alive)

And when they give up, cause they will give up Say: Here I am alive! When they give up, cause they always give up Say: Here I am alive!

They say you don’t grow up You just grow old, It’s safe to say I haven’t done both I made mistakes, I know, I know But here I am alive. So many people close to me cut me down, This is supposed to be a bad luck town I jumped, I fell, I hit the ground. But here I am alive.

Here I am alive! Here I am alive! Here I am alive! Here I am alive!

If I could write to the kid I was before..”

Lyrics courtesy of elyrics.com

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About Hunter Nash; Nash Communications

Over ten years wasted in self imposed exile - working for cash to exist rather than creating and working for Self in order to LIVE. Five years in a creative frenzy. Five years of work lost/stolen. Two years reevaluating EVERYTHING I once believed and held dear. Two months on the street with WIDE open eyes and a new perspective. One month that changed EVERYTHING. One week which held the key to open up the world for me. One day is all it takes to guide or to change a life. Go Full Human. Here I am alive.

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