When I find a song that I like, I play it over and over again until I hate it. I’m sure I’m not the only one, but consuming one thing excessively until I get sick of it is something I truly do, in fact not just in music but with many other things. The past days, I’ve been listening to I Got You by Train, and for no apparent reason, the first verse struck me most unlike any other time:
Hey/ Did you hear about the one that got away/ They say he looked left/
She turned right/ Meant to be together but not that night/
It’s when fates Running late/ We tend to make mistakes./
I think that’s a fantastic lyric! Lately, I find myself listening to songs made from brilliant song writing and often I find myself wishing I’m the one who wrote those lines. With this one, it made me appreciate the mystery and allure of the one that got away. I mean, it’s human nature, you want the one which cannot be yours. There is a restless longing, a dark secret in the far recesses of the mind, never forgotten but constantly repressed to honor whatever love is in the present.
I’m assuming, there is always that thought at the back of one’s mind about what if, regarding the one that got away, because it will never be answered! That’s brilliant, I think, in terms of depth of emotion because there is a lasting curiosity, pang on the chest optional.
Then again, I pause to wonder: if people are supposed to have made the right decision in terms of matters of the heart, why the hell will a character such as the one that got away exist? I have no clue as to the answer to this question, do you?
Maybe it’s because some people are meant to love each other but not necessarily be together. Maybe it’s because some people are too afraid to take that extra step and have a free fall. Maybe it’s because some people lack conviction to chase after what they want. Or maybe, some people are just content with being stupid. But I wouldn’t know, would I?
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