Cat Wisdom Wednesday: There goes the world, off of my shoulders


Lately, I’ve been remembering strongly a song that I used to play back when I was in my final year of high school (2001-2002). I can’t remember for sure when it was – whether it was after I had decided to stop competing in figure skating, whether it was after I was accepted to my top choice college and had worked out with my parents for me to attend that school in the fall, or if it was something else during that time. It was a time of big changes and of my decisions about what to do with my own life, and it was a time in which I left some things behind which had made up a lot of who I was up until that point. I felt like I was shedding my skin, and I felt freed by the opportunities ahead of me. I remember at the time that the chorus really struck a chord with me, as well as the last verse about the comfort of your cage and your secrets, which I felt, I think, about my bulimia. Now, the chorus still strikes a strong chord, but also some of the first and second verses speak to me more strongly.

Anyhow, I find it very therapeutic to just listen to the music and the melody and belt out, “There goes the world, off of my shoulders!” So I’ve decided to use a quote from this song for my new Cat Wisdom. The song is Quasimodo by Lighthouse, and overall it feels very fitting to this point in my life too. So, here are the song lyrics, which I took from sing365.com (I couldn’t help it, I felt the need to emphasize the parts that speak to me about this particular experience):

you can be right
and I’ll be real
honesty won’t be a pain that you’ll have to feel
cause I don’t need your approval
to find my worth
I’m trapped inside of my own mind
afraid to open my eyes cause of what I’d find and I
don’t want to live like this anymore

CHORUS:
there goes my pain
there goes my chains
did you see them falling
because this feeling
that has no meaning

there goes the world
off of my shoulders
there goes the world
off of my back
there it goes

does it scare you that I can
be something different than you
would it make you feel more comfortable if I wasn’t
you can’t control me
and you can’t take away from me who I am

CHORUS

have you ever felt
like your only comfort was your cage
you’re not alone
I’ve felt the same as you
have you ever felt
like your secrets give you away
you’re not alone
I’ve been there too
cause everyone is looking
and everyone is laughing but I think
everyone feels the same
everybody wants to feel ok
everybody wants to
everybody wants to feel

there goes my pain
there goes my chains
did you see them falling
because this feeling
that has no meaning

there goes the world
off of my shoulders
there goes the world
off of my back
cause I don’t want it
I don’t want it
you can’t change me
you can’t break me

there goes the world
off of my shoulders
there goes the world
off of my back
there it goes

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