Friday, February 20, 2009

by grace

this is the second time i've headed to you tube to find a specific indigo girls song and ended up finding a different one. but this time, i think i came out quite a bit ahead. this song is called "the prince of darkness" and it's on their self-titled release. i received that, i think it was a cassette for me, the christmas i was fourteen years old. i listened to that one for about four years, until i turned eighteen, starting working two jobs, had my very first substantial spending money, and went out and bought my first pair of birkenstocks and three more indigo girls cds.

i remember going to a youth convention when i was sixteen and writing the words to prince of darkness all across a folder that they gave us. i remember how much i loved the song. but listening to it today, with a couple more decades between then and now, i see what a truly beautiful song it is. twenty years can really change the way you relate to a song...but the tears in my eyes are of and for lots of things, i guess. (watch til the end, if you can...emily changes the words just a little and it made me all teary eyed...)



Ken said...

Ah the duality, light and dark. Euphemisms for Good and Evil. Our ego usually associates with the "good" and pans the "bad". Funny thing happens when we do this. We make this leap of faith that is unwarranted.

Suffering is the motive force that induces enlightenment. Paradoxically, there is no attainment without suffering.

There are beings, Bodhisattvas, who vow to stay in Samara and even to enter the hell realms to help all sentient beings become awakened and free. These beings can be many forms. Sometimes they are animals that simply provide food. Their impermanace is a teaching. Regardless of form they use "expediant" methods to help others become awake. Prince of darkness could actually be a friend.

I meet your IG and raise you a "Bruce Cockburn" : Pacing the Cage

Sometimes the best map will not guide you.
You can't see what's round the bend
Sometimes the road leads through dark places.
Sometimes the darkness is your friend.
Today these eyes scan bleached-out land
For the coming of the outbound stage
Pacing the cage
Pacing the cage

Ken said...

So the tears could be of recurrent pain or of gratitude or something else. The only difference is mind here and now. 10 years hence it could be tears for some other thing. Maybe no tears at all. Maybe a sort of half smile with eyes half open and a blissfully even breath.