I’m Back! Sorry for my absence…

home truths, hustle, music, one hell of a ride, prison wife
What can I say? I’ve been hiding in my cave
And I’ve been way-way down the rabbit hole…!
So here’s one for my Gen-X readers. Enjoy!
I hope everyone is well and my love to all
SJP xxx
ps. The Clash are the reason why I (still) wear Boots

LYRICS:


If it’s true a rich man leads a sad life,

that’s what they say from day to day,

then what do all the poor do with their lives

on Judgment Day, with nothin’ to say?

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

On my own, I faced a gang of jeering

in strange streets, oh.

When my nerves were pumping and I fought my fear in,

I didn’t run, I was not done.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

Yes, I have lived that kind of day

when none of your sorrows will go away.

Go down and down and hit the floor,

down and down and down some more.

Depression.

But I know there’ll be some way

when I can swing ev’rything back my way.

Like skyscrapers rising up

floor by floor, not giving up.

So you rock around and think that you’re the toughest

in the world, the whole wide world.

But you’re streets away from where it gets the roughest.

You ain’t been there.

I’ve been beat up, I’ve been thrown out,

but I’m not down, oh, I’m not down,

I’ve been shown up, but I’ve grown up,

and I’m not down, oh, I’m not down.

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

I’m not down, I’m not down

Songwriters: Joe Strummer / Mick Jones / Paul Simonon / Topper Headon

I’m Not Down lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

Artist: The Clash

Album: London Calling

Released: 1979

Genre: Punk

 

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We Think Too Much And Feel Too Little

FTS, heart, home truths, hustle

via Charlie Chaplin : The Final Speech from The Great Dictator

As I get older (and presumably wiser!) I continue to learn, what I like to call the ‘home truths’. Such as, the difference between being ‘happy‘ with what you have and being ‘content‘ with what you have. They can be perceived as two very different concepts which provoke pole opposite action and/or thought.

Many ‘truths’ are learnt from life experience and for me, they have been life-changing lessons. Lessons that touch you heart and soul and leave you with a peaceful, calm feeling within. In fact, my tagline (“Living Smarter, Not Harder”) was created to reflect my ‘revised’ attitude and outlook on life

The Great Dictator was Charlie Chaplin’s first film with dialogue. Chaplin plays both a little Jewish barber, living in the ghetto, and Hynkel, the dictator ruler of Tomainia. The final speech was written by Chaplin himself for the end of the movie as a call for peace from the barber who has been mistaken for Hynkel. It was criticized by many and said to be superfluous to the film. While others, myself included, found it uplifting.

Without a doubt, Chaplin’s words are as relevant today as they were in 1940.

Which leaves me wondering, how far have we really come? And are we even heading in the right direction? Perhaps we’re moving further away with every advance.

Anyway, thanks again for reading and as always…

Live life with Love, Love Life and Live