The Music of Eric Wrobbel
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A song with something different to say. Students of philosophy and eastern religions will recognize the concepts.
In the first verse we hear the "woe is me" of the western worldview: "Pushed into this world, the source of my fears..." Involuntary victimhood, pain, original sin, and all the rest.
"I stand alone against the sky, sometimes chained, sometimes free..." speaks to the randomness of one's place in this order, and most importantly to isolation--that thing that causes so much human misery and fosters so many horrors in attempts to alleviate it.
The verse ends with "I see you come and go....so easily" as the singer as victim/hero sees luck and fortune come and go uncaringly and at random.
"Then I remember..."
The lyric writer remembers that he has chosen this game and that he himself can come and go "so easily." The expression of this enlightenment is the second verse:
"I came out of this world..."
This is as opposed to being pushed into it (as in the first verse). As philosopher Alan Watts put it, "You are not something separate from nature. You are an aspect or a symptom of nature. You, as a human being, grow out of this physical universe in exactly the same way that an apple grows out of an apple tree... We feel that we do not belong in the world. In popular speech, we say, 'I came into the world,' but we didn't—we came out of the world."
Returning to the lyric, "I invented my fears. I beat my own heart, I cry my own tears" is about personal responsibility on some level, but more importantly, these words speak to the song's philosophical message. Again quoting Alan Watts:
"The Self—according to the Hindu view, plays hide and seek with itself, for always, and always, and always. How far out... How lost can you get? So here, each one of us—according to the Hindu idea—is the godhead, on purpose, getting lost for the fun of it. And, how terrible it can get at times. But won't it be nice when you wake up?"
And so the fears and tears and isolation are all of our own making, our own choice. The trick is to enjoy the game until we wake up.
And in this second verse the lyric writer is indeed "woke." He owns and takes responsibility for the fears and tears. He understands he is not isolated and at odds with the universe. He IS the universe: "I shine the sun and the moon, I just forgot it was me!"
"I like to come and go so easily" refers finally to that hide and seek game.
To be lost, to be found, to belong.
About Eric Wrobbel
This songwriter, artist, musician and humorist has written and produced hundreds of interesting tracks for himself and others in his long, eclectic career. Rarely performing live, he has almost exclusively focused his musical efforts as a studio artist, working in a wide range of styles that have variously been described as rock, folk, country, psych, humor, and pop.
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