We're not just gathered here on a lovely May day in an ordinary auditorium at SF state. We're all strapped in, seated together on a gigantic ball whirling around the sun at 67,000 miles per hour, nested in a galaxy hurtling through the depths of space and time at 1.3 million miles per hour.
I'm featuring lyrics for Poetry Fridays during the month of May. This week, since my oldest baby is graduating from college, the spotlight is on advice songs. Last year, when her younger brother graduated from high school, I shared Humble and Kind. (When you get where you're goin' / Don't forget turn back around / Help the next one in line / Always stay humble and kind)
When you're chewing on life's gristle / Don't grumble, give a whistle
Eric Idle: Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
(This video from a talk show made me laugh until I cried. I'll admit that I am easily amused.)
You don't need it / So don't eat it
The Cramps: Don't eat stuff off the sidewalk
(With a name like that, it sounds like they are speaking from experience...)
Don't ski naked down Mt. Everest / With lilies up your nose
The Monochrome Set: Ten Don'ts For Honeymooners
Good advice costs nothing, and it's worth the price. /
I sincerely doubt / That the world could do without /
My good advice.
Allan Sherman: Good Advice
When the dog bites / When the bee stings / When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things / And then I don't feel so bad
Julie Andrews: My Favorite Things (Here's Mary J. Blige, who does a great job covering it.)
This isn't exactly an advice song, but "Be kind to me, or treat me mean -- I'll make the most of it, I'm an extraordinary machine" sounds like something to aspire to.
Fiona Apple: Extraordinary Machine
I've never gotten taller making someone else feel small /
If you ain't got nothing nice to say, don't say nothing at all
Kacey Musgraves: Biscuits
Today is where your book begins / The rest is still unwritten
Natasha Bedingfield: Unwritten
Okay, there's nothing interesting about these lyrics, but I like the sentiment of the song:
Kygo ft. Ella Henderson: Here for You
Halestorm: Dear Daughter
What are your favorite advice songs? I know there were plenty I didn't have time or space to include ("I hope you dance," anyone?).
Tara at A Teaching Life has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Tara!