Recently, at a friend’s funeral someone sang Leonard cohen’s Hallelujah.
Afterwards at the reception my friends and I were discussing the ceremony and somebody remarked about the fact that they had changed the lyrics of hallelujah – omitted some lines, cut some verses.
A few others agreed and had noticed.
Yet I, hadn’t noticed at all.
I realised that i hadn’t really tuned into the lyrics at the ceremony, that I hadn’t noticed that the lyrics had been altered and that I probably have never consciously digested the lyrics of hallelujah even though i’ve heard it a fair few times since the mid ’90s.
i realised that at some point for certain artists or possibly for any artist i just don’t tune in to the lyrics, but when i was in my teens i could recite whole albums by the jam or the clash or bowie or whatever.
and I’m trying to ascertain at what point did i stop remembering, – it’s not that i don’t like lyrics, i love them, I write them occasionally but do I care about them – probably not.
it is true that the music i most enjoy as i get older is instrumental , electronic, piano, spacey, abstract dub etc but i do like words but I just can’t tune in to them/remember them
do you know what i mean?