Friday, July 17, 2009


On the way to the library yesterday I had tuned in to my favorite country music station (obviously alone in the car). I heard this Darryl Worley song for the first time and . . . it ticked me off. I can't think of a redeeming thing about it. I can't imagine the author has had any real pain in his life or he would never pen the line, "Man I know it’s tough but you gotta suck it up" - seriously?

I am so glad Jesus doesn't respond to our pain and brokenness in this way. Compassion and Love are a much better tune.

Sounds Like Life to Me
Darryl Worley

"Got a call last night from an old friend’s wife
Said I hate to bother you
Johnny Ray fell off the wagon
He’s been gone all afternoon
I know my buddy so I drove to Skully’s
And found him at the bar
I say hey man, what’s going on
He said I don’t know where to start

Sarah’s old car’s about to fall apart
And the washer quit last week
We had to put momma in the nursing home
And the baby’s cutting teeth
I didn’t get much work this week
And I got bills to pay
I said I know this ain’t what you wanna hear
But it’s what I’m gonna say

(Chorus)Sounds like life to me it ain’t no fantasy
It’s just a common case of everyday reality
Man I know it’s tough but you gotta suck it up
To hear you talk you’re caught up in some tragedy
It sounds like life to me

Well his face turned red and he shook his head
He said you don’t understand
Three kids and a wife depend on me
And I’m just one man
To top it off I just found out
That Sarah’s 2 months late
I said hey bartender set us up a round
We need to celebrate

(Chorus)Sounds like life to me plain old destiny
Yeah the only thing for certain is uncertainty
You gotta hold on tight just enjoy the ride
Get used to all this unpredictability
Sounds like life Man I know its tough but you gotta suck it up
To hear you talk you’re caught up in some tragedy
Sounds like life to me
Sounds like life"


Helen said...

Sounds like...the attitude of most rural Australians, where we are ministering - even, unfortunately, the Christians. It's tough to live among it, and minister among it. Is it any wonder one in 3 farmers suicides?

Praise God, as you say, that he is a compassionate father.

Anonymous said...

I've never heard the song, but I read the words and it sounds awful. It reminds me of Kelly Clarkson's song "My life would suck without you". TERR-I-BLE!!! Mo