Roll up your sleeves

This singer-songwriter from Melbourne wrote a letter to herself.  I have included the lyrics – its interpretation is up to you. 🙂 Though Susan Sontag said,

Abstract loveReal art has the capacity to make us nervous. By reducing the work of art to its content and then interpreting that, one tames the work of art. Interpretation makes art manageable, comformable.       ~ Susan Sontag

Tame? We don’t want tame, do we? So perhaps we ought to dispense with the interpretation, and just go with feeling. Let the emotion takes you where it will… and therein is the message.

Sadness, resignation, resilience, self-soothing, … words that spring to my mind … what about yours?

For those who can’t view the video, here’s the Soundcloud track.

Roll up your sleeves
And face the face it’s looking right back at me
It’s easier to leave it oh
It’s easier to fake it, oh oh
So I’ll go and I’ll join the free
There’s people there, they’re just like me oh
Everything is gonna be alright
Everything is gonna be alright

So I’ll go and I’ll change my name
But they’re chasing them just like me

Everything is gonna be alright
Everything is gonna be alright
Roll up your sleeves
And roll up your sleeves
Background image: Celebration by Cianelli
– FlorenceT
 © 2016 FlorenceT Copyright reserved. The author asserts her moral and legal rights over this work.
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10 thoughts on “Roll up your sleeves

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  1. Enjoyed the quote and your comments about impact. The sound clips are generous and I like her sound. Quickly checked the video because of comments from a few days ago .. It works in Canada (streaming can be slow here so I didn’t stick with it but as I said the sound clips worked extremely well 😊)

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  2. Well, darn. The video says it is not available in my country! Nevertheless, I love the idea of being able to comprehend the message in works of art. It is open to interpretation through emotions, just like reading is. It is all about what moves us. Great quote, Florence! ❤

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