(Not really, but this song’s been my personal anthem/cattleprod, so y’all get to see it.)
I am not
a pattern to be followed.
The pill that I’m on
is a tough one to swallow.
I’m not a criminal
not a role model.
Not a born leader
I’m a tough act to follow.
I am not
the fortune and the fame.
Nor the same person telling you
to forfeit the game.
I came in the ring
like a dog on a chain.
And I found out the underbelly’s
sicker than it seems.
And it seems ugly.
But it can get worse.
‘Cause even a blueprint
is a gift and a curse.
‘Cause once you got a theory
of how the thing works
Everybody wants the next thing
to be just like the first.
And I’m not a robot.
I’m not a monkey.
I will not dance
even if the beat’s funky.
Opposite of lazy
far from a punk
Ya’ll ought to stop talking
start trying to catch up, motherfucker.
-Linkin Park, When they Come for Me
No commentary today; I’ve got a lot of work to do.
Still, a question: A Thousand Suns has been my touchstone album this November. How about you?
3 Replies to “Linkin Park sings about Writing, Publishing”
Aww, y’know what? I will comment, just a little bit.
Each verse, by the numbers:
1 & 2. I tell people all the time not to listen to my writing advice, because it’s how *I* write, pry won’t work for anyone else, and may not even work for me.
3. I will not get rich as a writer — I may not even make a living at it. Neither will I stop.
4 & 5. I’ve followed all the rules of the publishing world. Write, edit, revise, submit to agents, revise, get agent, revise, submit to publishers, revise, revise, revise. The more I find out about publishing, the less impressed I am. This isn’t sour grapes — looking at it from a professional perspective, it is a *deeply* fucked up industry.
6. And jesus but they love cookie-cutter formulas and “this is how we’ve always done it”s.
7. The more I see of this, the less interest I have in trying to change things from within; why fix a fucked up ship when I have a perfectly serviceable dinghy already?
8. Those last two lines; is it about NaNoWriMo wordcount, or publishing technology? Which one do I rant about here, more often? Hmm.
SO… yeah, it’s a little spleen venting, and a little trite to post someone else’s song lyrics like they’re the key to the universe, but hey: it’s a Saturday, it’s my blog, and getting worked up by a song I’ve only just heard for the first time makes me feel young and stupid.
Sometimes, young and stupid is just what I need.
Yay LP! I do love how this song is both clearly about their music but is so easily about so many other things!
Not my fave song on the album, but it’s top 3!
I haven’t heard the song, but I do like the lyrics!My touchstone album for this NaNo is a tie between A Fine Frenzy’s Bomb in a Birdcage (not as good as her first album, IMO, but has the feeling that I’m looking for) and Sarah Barellies’ Kaleidoscope Heart (same deal – not as good, but what I’m needing for this book).
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