Sunday, June 6, 2010

Waiting For My Real Life to Begin




Colin James Hay (born 29 June 1953) is a Scottish-Australian musician, who made his mark during the 1980s as lead vocalist of the Australian band Men at Work, and later as a solo artist. Colin is married to singer Cecilia Noël, who often provides backup vocals at his shows.

This song reminds me of the human condition; it is pure poetry and echoes the state of our frail existence. Somehow, in the future our ‘real’ life will kick in when some thing or event takes place. Buddha taught that past, future and present life do not exist, there is just what might be called ‘moment’ life. Dogen Zenji once said, ‘we have the ability to wake up 84,000 times per second.” Colin’s ballad is warm and soothing yet resonates with the longing that we all have experienced at some point in our lives. If we are waiting for something, then we are missing the moments that make up our lives. This is where everything is as it is; this is life unfolding by itself where we can engage it with openness and honesty and a willingness to just see how it will occur. The witness in the song then says, “Be still, my love open up your heart, let the light shine in.” This is our true self presenting an opportunity to take hold of one Dogen’s 1/84,000th of a second and just be. Yet our habit energy takes us to say, “Don't you understand? I already have a plan, I'm waiting for my real life to begin.” We slip in and out of the dialog often until we realize that each and every moment, “I can see a very long way.”

Waiting For My Real Life to Begin       

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
And I'll stand on the bow
And feel the waves come crashing
Come crashing down, down, down on me

And you said, “Be still, my love
Open up your heart
Let the light shine in”
Don't you understand?
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

When I awoke today suddenly nothing happened
But in my dreams I slew the dragon
And down this beaten path
And up this cobbled lane
I'm walking in my own footsteps once again

And you say, “Just be here now
Forget about the past
Your mask is wearing thin”
Let me throw one more dice
I know that I can win
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

Any minute now, my ship is coming in
I'll keep checking the horizon
And I'll check my machine
There's sure to be that call
It's gonna happen soon, soon, oh so very soon
It's just that times are lean

And you say, “Be still, my love
Open up your heart
Let the light shine in”
Don't you understand?
I already have a plan
I'm waiting for my real life to begin

Hey heyeyeyeyey
Hey yeeeeeee
Hey heyeyeyeyey
Eeh eeh eeh eeh eh x5

On a clear day
I can see, see for a long way

On a clear day
I can see, see a very long way
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