Seven Billion Lies

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Come as you are

As you were

As I want you to be

As a friend, as a friend

As an old enemy

 

Come as you are… how wonderful does that sound? how inviting? What a relief it is to know that we can come as we are, no need to change, no need to conform to pre assumed standards, it’s a promise of being accepted as we are… Something we want so much from others but fail to give… Yes, we wont admit it because we’re so darn good at convincing ourselves that we are fair people…

 

Take your time

Hurry up

Choice is yours

Don’t be late

Take a rest as a friend…

 

At a deeper look, “Come As You Are” by Nirvana lyrically demonstrates how fickle we as a people are… or have become… How we are turning into hypocrites but don’t see it… how we claim and preach one thing but practice another… How shallow we’ve become… How easily we compromise our morals, our standards… A wavering flame… We’re not sure about ourselves or what we believe in… One minute we have the greatest love for our friends, the next we’re curled up and claiming to have no “real” friends, even comedians make fun of how some girls date bad boys thinking they’ll help the bad boy “change for the better” only to dump the bad boy for reasons such as, “You’ve changed, you’re not the guy I fell in love with anymore…”

Sadly the “hypocriticism” (if I’m allowed to make that word up and use it) in the song gets real at the bridge when Kurt Cobain sings “And I swear that I don’t have a gun… No, I don’t have a gun…” Of course the world would tragically learn that he actually did have one a few years later after his suicide…

“There’s good in all of us and I think I simply love people too much… I have it good, very good, and I’m grateful, but since the age of seven, I’ve become hateful towards all humans in general… Only because I love and feel sorry for people too much I guess… I’m too much of an erratic, moody baby…” – Kurt Cobain in his suicide note

 

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About Ndumiso Mncwabe

When beautiful melodies tell us horrible things and grisly sounds tell us the kind truth. This is where life and music meet. They say music has the power to inspire change, I say music has the power to inspire vibes. Good vibes and bad vibes. It also has the power to inspire thoughts, but most importantly, for it to inspire change, it must inspire conversation. I smell music, I speak music. View all posts by Ndumiso Mncwabe

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