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Story of My Life: A Shocking Twist

We’ve all done it.

You get that song stuck in your head for apparently no reason and your day is now ruined. This was how our day started today, but that’s not how it finished.

Ugh, Not That Song

Our morning was pretty typical today. Cereal, huevos rancheros, coffee, coffee, and a poopy diaper. Then Jodee (I’m pretty sure it was her) started singing Story of My Life by the (in)famous One Direction.

Like most über-catchy pop songs it was instantly burned into our neural pathways and we knew we were ruined. Then Jodee said, “What does this song even mean?”

Plot Twist

So I googled the lyrics. Reading the lyrics didn’t really help to get the meaning.

Exactly what I thought: generic, insert girl here pop lyrics. I was wrong (but I didn’t know it yet).

Written in these walls are the stories that I can’t explain
I leave my heart open but it stays right here empty for days
She told me in the morning she don’t feel the same about us in her bones
Seems to me that when I die these words will be written on my stone

And I’ll be gone, gone tonight
The ground beneath my feet is open wide
The way that I been holding on too tight
With nothing in between

The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time… is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she’s broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

Written on these walls are the colors that I can’t change
Leave my heart open but it stays right here in its cage
I know that in the morning now I see us in the light upon a hill
Although I am broken, my heart is untamed, still

And I’ll be gone, gone tonight
The fire beneath my feet is burning bright
The way that I been holding on so tight
With nothing in between

The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time… is frozen (the story of, the story of)
The story of my life
I give her hope
I spend her love
Until she’s broke
Inside
The story of my life (the story of, the story of)

And I been waiting for this time to come around
But baby running after you is like chasing the clouds

The story of my life
I take her home
I drive all night to keep her warm
And time is frozen
The story of my life
I give her hope (give her hope)
I spend her love
Until she’s broke (until she’s broke inside)
Inside
The story of my life

Resolution

Let’s just say, I did not wake up this Thursday morning thinking that I would be moved (really moved) by a One Direction song. I won’t spoil the twist (you must watch), but I will say I did get goosebumps and teared up.

Truly, it is a rare music video, especially one that has been viewed 210,000,000 times, that actually brings meaning to a song. You be the judge (’cause I know you’ve already judged me for gushing about a One Direction song).

  • Corneliolious

    yes i have

    • http://chrisborah.com/ Chris Borah

      Profound Mikey :)

  • Corneliolious

    I make jokes. Unless I’m getting them confused w/ another band Betty exposed me to, I like a few of their pop/rock songs. This song wasn’t great, it wasn’t bad, just kinda generic. What can I say … it didn’t resonate with me. Contrary to how it may seem, I’m not purposely out to clown on everything, even though that just comes so naturally, and I’m not trying to be macho, I’m just a really simple guy, with really simple thoughts. I speak my mind; everyone around me knows what I’m thinking at the same time I do. I’m just as shocked by what comes out as everyone else. I love my family, I just don’t get all sappy about it. I don’t think less of people who do. I’m pretty comfortable with who I am, and who I’m trying to be. As my own worst critic, I have to be, in order to avoid crippling myself into an all or nothing mindset. The fact that I don’t get it doesn’t detract from anyone who does get it. So “yes i have judged you” and you’ve judged me, and that is pretty normal human behavior. Our brains need to be able to put things in neat little boxes for processing and storage. Nothing wrong with that as far as I can tell.

    • http://chrisborah.com/ Chris Borah

      Preach!