?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Writer's Block: High school musical

If you had to choose a theme song for your middle or high school years, what would it be, and why?


The first thing that comes to mind is The Thompson Twins (Yes, I know, many of you have no idea of whom I am speaking...) and their song "King For A Day".

Why?

Well, for one, it was a song from my high school years.

Two, I grew up in a small town changing from rural to suburban, and it seemed to me to be full of hypocrites living in their perfect little pink houses, with white picket fences, and perfect children (so not perfect, but their parents seemed to think so) and perfect lives on the surface which was only hiding their prejudices, hatred, self-loathing and fear, homophobia, racism, sexism, fear of intelligence and creativity and originality and nonconformity.

So, except for the romantic love of some verses,

I know you well

And I can tell

Something's on your mind

'Cos in your dreams

The demon screams

And I know he's going to hurt you blind



You say you hunger for something you can't get at all

And love is not enough anymore



If I was king for just one day

I would give it all away

I would give it all away to be with you If I was king for just one day

I had just one thing to say

You know that love is

All we need to get us through



Diamond rings

And all those things

They never sparkle like your smile

And as for fame

It's just a name

That only satisfies you for a while



You say you hunger for something you can't get at all

And love is not enough anymore



If I was king for just one day

I would give it all away

I would give it all away to be with you

If I was king for just one day

I had just one thing to say

You know that love is

All we need to get us through



I've heard it said

Or maybe read

Only money makes the world go 'round

But all the gold

Won't heal your soul

If your world should tumble to the ground



You say you hunger for something you can't get at all

And love is not enough anymore



So listen,

Love is all, love is all, love is all we need

Love is all, love is all, love is all we need yeah.

Love is all, love is all, love is all we need

Love is all, love is all, love is all we need yeah.



If I was king for just one day

I would give it all away

I would give it all away to be with you

If I was king for just one day

I had just one thing to say

You know that love is

All we need to get us through



If I was king for just one day

I would give it all away

I would give it all away to be with you

If I was king for just one day

I had just one thing to say

You know that love is

All we need to get us through



If I was King

For just one day

For just one thing to say

Love



Three, I was all those things they feared. I just wanted to show them up in their pretenses, and shake up their perfect little myopic world views. But most of all, I wanted to get out of there. Which I did, yay! And I still go back and visit, and it drives me nuts, but I know I will be leaving after a week or two, so it's okay: A reminder of I struggled against. But I definitely dreamed of having the power to change things in the world and people's priorities and practices.

Comments

( 2 comments — Leave a comment )
capybara_cafe
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:29 am (UTC)
I love the Thompson Twins. I remember seeing them on Bandstand, lol
divinerebel
Jun. 1st, 2010 10:36 am (UTC)
I know you and Sab will know what I'm talking about, but that is probably it, LOL! I bet I have that Bandstand performance on my Thompson Twins VHS tape of stuff I recorded off TV!
( 2 comments — Leave a comment )