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This is my place to figure things out. It's that simple.

Location: United States

I'm 25 year old Wisconsin girl living in the city of neon and chrome who's slowly gaining her identity while losing all sense of reality.

29 March 2010

All I want...

So, I've had this song stuck in my head. It's about a minute or so long and the simplicity is so beautiful.

Accompanied by simple acoustic guitar, the lyrics are as follows:

I want you, you, you. All I want is you, you, you.
All I want is you.
Give you the stars above, Sun on the brightest day
Give you all my love, if only you would say (see?)
That I want you, you, you. All I want is you, you, you
All I want is you

And that's it. It doesn't even repeat. Beyond simple, I know, but I think it's beautiful.
(here's a YouTube link if you want to listen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rb0jsseh9J8 )

I bring this up because at the moment that's all I want. Something simple that at the same time is meaningful and honest. For all the words I write or speak, it seems like I don't know how to say what I mean. I guess in my writing I get a bit self centered, but this whole thing started out as a journal and I'm finding it's hard to get out of my own head.

When I was younger I wanted to be a painter or a sculptor, in large part because I don't think people can truly express life or love or the deeper meaning of things with words. We try really hard, but it's not concrete. There are plenty of poets and other kinds of writers who do a far better job than I do, but for all their efforts we still constantly search for the perfect way to say what we mean. It seems natural to put poetry to music because it gets our thoughts just slightly closer to our meaning. Add in pictures, whether it be a music video, youtube slide show, or album art, and we inch closer to the goal. But we never really reach it. We're all trying in vain to capture something that is too great, to immeasurable for words. Love, Sorrow, Heartbreak, Yearning, Anger, Fear, etc. In a word: Life.

This song makes me smile because in it's simplicity it comes far closer than I ever could to touching the emotions I have often tried to express in my own, often labored writing. I'm sure that to some people, the simplistic nature of a song like this doesn't speak to them. They may find it cliche. But what are cliches anyway? Not that I'm usually a huge fan of them, but there's got to be a reason we repeat the same ideas over and over.

As someone who, at this point, has spent most of her life in school working towards some kind of goal, I am always amazed when I think of the points in my life when I was the most happy. They tend to be moments of simplicity. Laying on the floor with a roommate listening to music. Running around the dorm with a different roommate pretending to be a squirrel and a raccoon (and frightening our neighbors in the process). Ordering in food with my best friend on a rainy day. Little moments when I didn't want anything except for time to stand still.

So is the question how to live simply while still doing something you believe is worth doing? I'm not sure.

But I do know I love that song.



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