Music: Listening to ‘Flake’ over my Cornflakes

Jack Johnson - Brushfire FairytalesSigh… Ok, I’m not really eating corn flakes. But it is much too early to be thinking this “deep” and depressed about something so trivial. Driving to work this morning, this song — heard a hundred times previous — really punched me in the gut. It’s a great song, but…

Outwardly, the song’s about being “wishy washy”, a flake, unable to commit, tied up by life’s baggage, habit or laziness. But what it communicates to me is the frustration and exhaustion one gets over the inability to really communicate with someone you care for, either because of your own uncertainties, the other person’s, or both.

We all have our own commitments and hang ups, but if we could just see past them… If we could get enough energy to, or be brave enough to, really open ourselves up and talk, together we could help cut those knots, or help carry the burden on those that can’t be cut. But too often we are tired, scared, have been hurt too often, or have just become dead to hope and trust so that we don’t even see sunrises. So we lie to ourselves and others. We stumble on telling ourselves and others, “Maybe… Someday…”

But knowing that probably just means… “No.”

“Flake” by Jack Johnson from Brushfire Fairytales

I know she said it’s alright
But you can make it up next time
I know she knows it’s not right
There ain’t no use in lying

Maybe she thinks I know something
Maybe, maybe she thinks it’s fine
But maybe she knows something I don’t
I’m so, I’m so tired, I’m so tired of trying

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no
So don’t tell me
You might just let it go

And often times we’re lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one, no, not no one
Likes to be let down

I know she loves the sunrise
No longer sees it with her sleeping eyes
And I know that when she said she’s gonna try
Well it might not work because of other ties and

I know she usually has some other ties
And I wouldn’t want to break ’em, nah
I wouldn’t want to break ’em
Maybe she’ll help me to untie this but
Until then well, I’m gonna have to lie too

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no
So don’t tell me
You might just let it go

And often times we’re lazy
It seems to stand in my way
Cause no one, no, not no one
Likes to be let down

It seems to me that maybe
It pretty much always means no
So don’t tell me
You might just let it go

The harder that you try baby, the further you’ll fall
Even with all the money in the whole wide world
Please please, please don’t pass me
Please please, please don’t pass me
Please please, please don’t pass me by

Everything you know about me now baby, you gonna have to change
You gonna call it by a brand new name
Please please, please don’t drag me
Please please, please don’t drag me
Please please, please don’t drag me down

Just like a tree down by the water baby, I shall not move
Even after all those silly things you do
Please please, please don’t drag me
Please please, please don’t drag me
Please please, please don’t drag me down

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