Watch “Collective Soul – Listen (Video)” on YouTube

Collective Soul’s been providing what I actually have called my ascension soundtrack since “Shine” blasted onto the radio in the early ’90’s. I have been sure they were doing pretty much the same thing as me, but they were singing about it.

I love them, and haven’t yet figured out how to properly thank them for everything they’ve meant to me. Maybe that’s just what art, and love,  does to and for people, in the end.

“Listen”

Hey you’re now thirsty
Walking in the desert all alone
Hey you’re now searching
Lost in isolation from your soul
The bullets you bite
From the pain you request
You’re finding harder to digest
And the answers you seek
Are the ones you destroy
Your anger’s well deployedHey why can’t you listen
Hey why can’t you hear
Hey why can’t you listen
As love screams everywhere

Hey you now hunger
Feeding your mind with selfishness
Hey you now wander
Aimlessly around your consciousness
Your prophecies fail
And your thoughts become weak
Silence creates necessity
You’re clothing yourself
In the shields of despair
Your courage now impaired

You crucify all honesty
No signs you see do you believe
And all your words just twist and turn
Reviving just to crash and burn
You’re fighting till the bitter end
If only your heart could open up
And listen

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