Sunday, October 18, 2009

Song Spotlight: Paul Kelly - You Can't Take it With You

I really love serendipity sometimes. Inky and I were just talking about this subject and then poof, I put a Paul Kelly playlist on my iPod and I hear You Can't Take it With You from his 1989 record "So Much Water, So Close To Home." The song basically covers everything we had been talking about. How money can't make you happy, no matter how much of it you have. How when it's all over, it's over, and it doesn't matter how much money or how many things you have accumulated. In the end it's only about experiences and the constant quest to feel happy.

Sadly, any life lived the "normal" way will always push you more toward working yourself to the bone in order to accumulate money and things. A life lived that way may be more comfortable in patches, but in the end, it will always be unfulfilled if the focus is taken away from what really makes life worth living. Enjoy Paul Kelly's reminder of that:

You might have a happy family, nice house, fine car
You might be successful in real estate
You could even be a football star
You might have a prime time T.V. show seen in every home and bar
But you can't take it with you

You might own a great big factory, oil wells on sacred land
You might be in line for promotion, with a foolproof retirement plan
You might have your money in copper, textiles or imports from Japan
But you can't take it with you

You can't take it with you though you might pile it up high
It's so much easier for a camel to pass through a needle's eye

You might have a body of fine proportion and a hungry mind
A handsome face and a flashing wit, lips that kiss and eyes that shine
There might be a queue all around the block
Long before your starting time
But you can't take it with you

You might have a great reputation so carefully made
And a set of high ideals, polished up and so well displayed
You might have a burning love inside, so refined, such a special grade
But you can't take it with you

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