What Irony Looks and Sounds Like

I’m listening to music videos on YouTube as I’m grading this morning, and Matchbox Twenty came into my radar.  And that’s when I realized something: 

The music and vocals in Matchbox Twenty’s “How Far We’ve Come” sound catchy and peppy, as well as the visuals in the video.  Very positive images, demonstrating milestones of human achievement, hope, and ideals.

But then you actually listen to the lyrics, and you realize just how ironic that catchy tune, those uplifting images, truly are.  High ideals are one thing, but oftentimes those ideals fall into harsh reality, and the question is, how is a person to hope?  And yet, we still hope.  Whether that is virtue or folly, I suppose depends on the level of cynicism in the person that’s considering this question.

But — MAN!  Those are harsh lyrics.

Hello
Hello
Hello

Waking up at the start of the end of the world,
But it’s feeling just like every other morning before,
Now I wonder what my life is going to mean if it’s gone,
The cars are moving like a half a mile an hour
And I started staring at the passengers who’re waving goodbye
Can you tell me what was ever really special about me all this time?

I believe the world is burning to the ground
Oh well I guess we’re gonna find out
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Well I believe it all is coming to an end
Oh well, I guess, we’re gonna pretend,
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come

I think it turned ten o’clock but I don’t really know
And I can’t remember caring for an hour or so
Started crying and I couldn’t stop myself
I started running but there’s no where to run to
I sat down on the street took a look at myself
Said where you going man you know the world is headed for hell
Say your goodbyes if you’ve got someone you can say goodbye to

I believe the world is burning to the ground
Oh well I guess we’re gonna find out
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come

Well I, believe, it all, is coming to an end
Oh well, I guess, we’re gonna pretend,
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come

It’s gone, gone, baby, it’s all gone
There is no one on the corner and there’s no one at home
It was cool cool, it was just all cool
Now it’s over for me and it’s over for you
Well it’s gone, gone, baby, it’s all gone
There is no one on the corner and there’s no one at home
Well it was cool cool, it was just all cool
Now it’s over for me and it’s over for you

I believe the world is burning to the ground
Oh well I guess we’re gonna find out
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Well I, believe, it all, is coming to an end
Oh well, I guess, we’re gonna pretend,
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come
Let’s see how far we’ve come

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About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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5 Responses to What Irony Looks and Sounds Like

  1. lizardqueen says:

    Z: TEB’s “Jumper” often crosses my radio-station-in-my-head’s radar.

  2. lizardqueen says:

    Z: Yup, I forgot about that one, mostly because half the time I couldn’t understand what the lead vocal was saying. 🙂 That’s good, I think — passes radio censors that way.

  3. Zathras says:

    Have you heard “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind? Also has a very catchy, upbeat tune with depressing lyrics (about heroin addiction).

  4. celogo says:

    Follow up: I think hope is a virtue.

    In this video, I perceive a clear challenge to do BETTER, an action which can only be motivated by hope. Icons of valor, victory, & success, filling the global airwaves were but small moments of presumed, and ultimately, short-lived glory.

    Juxtapose this song against “Little Wonders.” Hope springs forth from faith and produces love, which is intimate and communicative at its essence.

    “How Far We’ve Come” and “Little Wonders” are like 2 sides of the same coin.

  5. celogo says:

    Outstanding. I hadn’t heard this song before. Thanks for posting.

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