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Song Lyric Sunday: Letters

song lyric sundayAs the great musical poet Kiki Dee once said, “I’ve got the music in me.”

Seriously, though, music is part of my daily life. I sing every day. I’m always listening and/or dancing to something. So when I found Song Lyric Sunday, I just had to participate!

This week’s theme is letters.

The minute I read the word letters, all of the CDs for this band in my brain’s jukebox started clamoring to be played. One of the two songwriters is a woman of letters, wearing her heart on her sleeve and making pictures with her words. AND! She often mentions actual letters in her lyrics. As a teenager getting to know her (and her writing partner), I felt like each song was like a letter to me. She got me. She was me, in many ways.

I decided to feature the upbeat track that employs a (frequently-used) synth/organ… the one in this song is so peppy!

The song talks about a face-to-face meeting that’s slightly more cathartic than a letter. One of the things I love about letters (I’m a former pen pal and lover of getting snail mail still) is that you can touch them and revisit them over and over. With this experience that she’s writing about, though, I think not having that permanence is good.

I imagine it’s a situation anyone who has found themselves in the having loved and lost (or the discarded gratefully/gracefully… WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG) category might relate to. The storyteller is definitely wiser than her younger self (like me, thank goodness). I wonder how the little learning tree I left behind is faring…

Enjoy the lyrical stylings of Emily Saliers, one half of Indigo Girls, and her ode to being collateral damage to a former love who finally got a clue in Learned It On Me.

Learned It On Me (click the link to hear the song as it is on the album)

There comes a time eventually
When the cold black water goes under the bridge
So I say yes we can meet up
It’s been too long and life goes on and I can do this

You wanna thank me for everything you’ve learned
For what went wrong and how I’ve paved the path
For the corner than you turned
And this is what you’ve learned

What you you lack from love is not a lack in someone else
And everyone has baggage to be carried
You learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less
And once you finally got it you got married

I guess I should be happy I’m the course that set you free
I just wish you hadn’t learned it on me

I’m better now though you almost broke me
And at the time I couldn’t see past my confusion
When I believed that love was real and not a bag of tricks
And you were always just more gifted at illusion

And you wanna thank me for everything I’ve learned
From the hard-knocks and the troubles
And the point of no return
All the bridges that you burn

And everyone has baggage to be carried
You learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less
And once you finally got it you got married

I’m glad your education made you happy by degree
I just wish you hadn’t learned it on me

I guess I’m glad that I’ve seen you face to face
It’s just slightly more cathartic than a letter
But the line is pretty fine in fact it’s pretty much erased
Between humility and making you feel better

And some is false and some is true and now I know
It’s just me and it’s just you
And it’s just the way it goes
And now that book is closed

What you you lack in love is not a lack in someone else
And everyone has baggage to be carried
You learn that one plus one is one plus one is never more or less
Best of luck to that girl you married
Smiling on her little learning tree
I wish you hadn’t learned it on me

© Emily Saliers

 


This post is part of Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday. Read this week’s theme post here. Read Helen’s choice for this week here.

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