Life In One Day

It’s Monday! Ummmm… yay? Okay, well, yay for Motivational Music Monday at 50 in 50 Marathon Quest!  Time to post some music that you’re enjoying this week!  Got any ’80s songs that you’re in love with?  Shout ’em out!!

I mentioned yesterday that James and I went to see Howard Jones and OMD over the weekend, so I think it’s most fitting that I come up with something from good old Howard, one of my all-time favorites.

I think one of the reason’s I was so drawn to Howard is because he was a fabulous lyricist.  His words had meaning, and, as an impressionable teenager, I could relate to most of what he was trying to say.  The song I chose is probably not a mainstream hit, but it is upbeat and a happy little tune, kind of quirky really.  It’s called, “Life In One Day.”  The lyrics follow, but I also chose a video that plays the lyrics.  The original video is actually quite annoying, with breaks here and there and people talking in the middle of it, and if you’re actually going to listen to the song, then I want you to hear the song as I heard it back in the day.

Lyrics

The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away
Don’t try to live your life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

The old man said to me
Said you can’t change the world single-handedly
Raise a glass enjoy the scenery
Pretend the water is champagne
And fill my glass again and again
While the wolves are gathering round your door
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

The old man said to me
Said don’t always take life so seriously
Play the flute
And dance and sing your song

Try and enjoy the here and now
The future will take care of itself somehow
The grass is never greener over there
Time will wear away the stone
Gets the hereditary bone

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

I bit off more than I can chew
Only so much you can do

Wolves are gathering round my door
Ask them in and invite some more

I tried to live my life in one day
Don’t go speed your time away

Of course, the song that got me started on my positive thinking way of life was from him, “Things Can Only Get Better.”  I listened to that song over and over again until I truly believed those words, heart and soul (it’s not easy being a teenager).  I recorded a snippet of it at the concert… I wanted to sing and dance, too, but no way was I doing that on camera, so I only recorded about a minute.  The lyrics to the first verse follow.

Lyrics

We’re not scared to lose it all security throw through the wall
Future dreams we have to realize
A thousand skeptic hands won’t keep us from the things we plan
Unless we’re clinging to the things we prize

And do you feel scared, I do
But I won’t stop and falter
And if we threw it all away
Things can only get better
Wow wow wow oh, wow wow wow oh oh oh oh

Have a super great week, my friends! 

 

19 thoughts on “Life In One Day

  1. 50in50marathonquest

    Woah woh woh woah wooaaahhh!! Going to be having 80s songs on my mind all day now 🙂 it was a super fun weekend though and it was so cool seeing HJ play those tunes!!

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  2. Rebecca Royy

    Oh my, I remember the life in one day song! Haven’t heard it in forever. But you’re right, it is cute and full of good advice! Bit I don’t get the line about hereditary bone?? Do you thing maybe someone misinterpreted the words?

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