Sinner’s Prayer lyrics (song by Sully Erna) alvin July 30, 2019 - 9:31am

To love the right,
Yet do so wrong.

To be the weak,
Yet burn to be so strong.

Go rider, although your ride has been through lies.
Go rider, see your soul through the devil’s eyes.

If I could live my life again,
Would I live that life in sin?

Go rider, go ride into the night.
Go rider, now see your soul through a woman’s eyes.

I am sinner,
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner,
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.


What have I done ...
(What have I done?)
What have I done?

I am sinner.
(I am sinner.)
Hold my prayers up to the sun.
(Hold my prayers up to the sun.)

I am sinner.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done.
Heaven’s closed for what I’ve done ...

~ Sinner’s Prayer, Salvatore P. “Sully” Erna


On the ice-blue line of insanity
Is a place most never see
It’s a hard-won place of mystery
Touch it, but can’t hold it

You work all your life for that moment in time
It could come or pass you by
It’s a push-shove world
But there’s always a chance
If the hunger stays the night

It can cut you like a knife
If the gift becomes the fire
On a wire between will and what will be

~ Michael Sembello

The meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (Thank U)

This is my interpretation of the meaning of the Alanis Morissette song, Thank You (also known as Thank U). I don’t claim any special knowledge about the song; this interpretation of the lyrics is just based on my understanding of Zen and Buddhism, and also my practicing of yoga, specifically Iyengar yoga. If you’ve read some of the personal entries on this website, you know a lot of what I know.

Bruce Springsteen on making Born To Run: “We went to extremes” alvin July 9, 2019 - 9:03am

There is some talk in this Rolling Stone article that Bruce Springsteen was on the verge of failure when the song “Born To Run” was released. Springsteen acknowledges that, but also adds, “I don’t know if it would have finished us — because what the [bleep] else were we going to do?”

I tend to look at that as perseverance: “Okay, you don’t like my work? Well, I’m not going anywhere, I’m going to keep working at it.”

When I first went to college I wasn’t a Springsteen fan at all — I barely knew who he was — but then I heard Hungry Heart, and became a fan. These days Born To Run, Hungry Heart, Badlands, Thunder Road, Pink Cadillac, Brilliant Disguise, and Secret Garden are some of my favorite songs. And Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town is one of my favorite Christmas songs/performances.

Suzanne, by Leonard Cohen alvin June 18, 2019 - 6:29pm

Suzanne takes you down takes you down
To her place by the river

You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night forever

And you know the girl’s half crazy
And that’s why you want to be there

And just when you want to tell her
That you have no love to give her

She gets you on her wavelength
And lets the river answer

That you’ve always been her lover

~ Some lyrics from “Suzanne,” written by Leonard Cohen in the 1960s. (In terms of a song I’d like to listen to, I prefer the Neil Diamond version.)

The Trees, Rush

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas.

The trouble with the maples
And they’re quite convinced they’re right
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light.

But the oaks can’t help their feelings
If they like the way they’re made
And they wonder why the maples
Can’t be happy in their shade?

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream “Oppression!”
And the oaks just shake their heads.

~ from The Trees, by Rush

Better Man, by Pearl Jam alvin May 2, 2019 - 10:17pm

Watchin’ the clock
It’s four o’clock
It’s got to stop

Tell him
Take no more
She practices her speech

As he opens the door
She rolls over
Pretends to sleep
As he looks her over

She lies and says
She’s in love with him
Can’t find a better man

She dreams in color
She dreams in red
Can’t find a better man

To herself
There’s no one else
Who needs to know
She tells herself

~ Better Man, by Pearl Jam (a favorite song of the last week)

Can You Read My Mind, theme song from the 1978 Superman movie alvin May 1, 2019 - 7:56am

Today’s song of the day is, Can You Read My Mind, from the 1978 Superman movie.

Sinner’s Prayer, by Sully Erna alvin April 30, 2019 - 9:06am

Today’s song of the day is Sinner’s Prayer, by Godsmack’s Sully Erna.

Seven Years, by Sully Erna (of Godsmack) alvin April 27, 2019 - 10:26am

Here are some of the lyrics from one last Sully Erna song today, this one named Seven Years:

If there was no tomorrow
Would you still remain the same?
Or live your life so shallow
And take it for granted everyday?

So take away tomorrow
And tell me again why we blame
Why we waste all our time
When time may not wait another day

So again, years go by
So many tears I cried

Now that we’re through
I’ll still honor you
And harmlessly swallow my pride

It’s time to fall away
It’s time to separate
And maybe we’ll be alright
Seven years gone by

For seven years
I’ve tried to make it
But how long can I take it
It’s time to fly
Seven years gone by

If there was no tomorrow
Would you still retain all your hate?
Or live your life with no one to spite
And free your spirit again