Anyone seen Mel Brook’s “History Of The World” movie and that scene of Moses descending down the mountain yelling, ” Lord, take these fifteen commandments” and then one block of stone drops and then he starts to yell “Lord, take these Ten, Ten Commandments.”
Classic cinema. So as on ode to that movie, I have been listening to some tunes on the iPod. Each of these songs has a lyrical line that should be a new commandment.
1. THOU SHALT LIVE AND NEVER LIVE JUST TO KILL TIME.
The band is “I Am Giant” and it is from the album, “The Horrifying Truth” released in 2011, however the song goes back a few years more as it came out on an EP.
“These city limits keep on getting bigger
Just when you thought you had made it out”
Anyone had that feeling before. Just when you thought that you had made it, the city limits are suddenly greater than what you thought they would be. Like that small town boy and girl in “Dont Stop Believin” or like those tramps in “Born To Run”.
“Are we living or merely killing time”
A brilliant lyric line, one of the best. It’s that good, it is self explanatory.
2. THOU SHALT MAKE THEIR ENEMIES INTO FADED MEMORIES.
From the 2014 “Men Of Honor” album by Adrenaline Mob. I love the mob. Russell Allen and Mike Orlando really do justice to this project. This song connects on all levels because we have all known someone like the person they sing about.
“And now your my enemy, soon to be a memory”
No one likes to be around people who drag them down. Enemies hang around if you let them. The best response to an enemy is to make them a memory.
“We were the best of friends, thought it would never end
I curse the day when they said you were selling me out”
There is a pretty good chance that the people you hang with right now are not the ones that you grew up with or spent a lot of time with.
3. THOU SHALT NOT FIGHT SOLO. THERE IS A STRENGTH IN NUMBERS.
Draw The Line
From the album, “O God Save Us All”. Disciple is like an enigma to me. They range from pop rock to heavy rock. This song connects on so many levels.
“Another crash, another fall
Another choice i don’t want to remember
I been here too many times”
Who hasn’t been in a situation like this. Some more so than others. Me personally, I have been in a lot of situations like this. Choices I made that even know when I look back, i don’t want to remember.
“This is where I draw the line
This is where the old me dies
Light a match let it burn kiss it goodbye”
In a hospital room in 2010. That is where I drawed the line.
“Another battle I lost fighting solo”
It should be a commandment. Nothing is achieved in a vacuum. Ask for help and count on your loved ones.
4. THOU SHALT NOT WAKE ALONE. LOVE YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY. BE MERCIFUL.
Angel Of Mercy
The mighty Zakk Wylde and Black Label Society. What can I say about this song that I havent said already. It is a masterpiece and that lead break gives me goosebumps.
“I woke alone today
For all the birds have flown”
“No Angel Of Mercy
Is gonna hear my call”
It’s that vocal melody and the tone of the voice that makes it work. When you take into account the recent blood clot saga it just ups the emotional stakes a little bit more.
5. THOU SHALT NEVER CHANGE WHO THEY ARE. DON’T LET OTHERS DICTATE WHO YOU SHOULD BE AND WHAT YOU SHOULD DO.
Imagine Dragons and their mega selling “Night Visions” album. I can’t say I am a fan of the whole album but this song just stuck with me. Maybe because the vocal melody in the Chorus is identical to an instrumental song I wrote back in 1998 called “Moonlight Tango” which I used as one of my wedding waltz songs.
I am just the same as i was
Now don’t you understand that
I am never-changing who I am
6. THOU SHALT NOT BE ABLE TO GO BACK TO THE WAY IT USED TO BE. TIME MOVES ON. CHANGE IS CONSTANT. EVOLUTION IS ALL ABOUT CHANGE. EMBRACE CHANGE AND MOVE FORWARD.
Used To Be
From the band “Arrows To Athens” and their 2007 album “Kings And Thieves”. It is a David Hodges project. Yes, the same David Hodges that co-wrote the majority of the “Fallen” album by Evanescence with Ben Moody and Amy Lee.
“Take a breath
Take a long look around
Before you step
Because the tide is coming
Swallowing the ground
And there is no way to tell
If we will drown tonight”
It’s almost biblical with references to a tide that is coming and the uncertainty that the tide brings.
“We cannot go back to the way it used to be”
The commandment right there.
7. THOU SHALT NOT FAIL EVEN THOUGH FAILURE EXISTS.
From the new 2014 Hellyeah album “Blood For Blood” produced by the great man Kevin Churko. It could have come from a Mudvayne album. It was one of the first pieces of music that vocalist Chad Gray gravitated too for lyrics. And he goes to town on it.
“Treated like an animal since the day I was born”
A person born with a silver spoon will never relate however millions upon millions of others will.
“Like a moth to a flame
My wings burn away”
“Failure is not an option
But the option exists”
What a fucking line! What more can be said.
8. CHERISH WHAT YOU HAVE BECAUSE ONCE IT IS GONE, IT IS GONE FOREVER.
Until It’s Gone
From the new Linkin Park album “The Hunting Party”.
“You don’t know what you got (x3)
Until its gone”
Then BANG. The song groove kicks in again. Linkin Park are masters of the heavy pop rock song and Chester Bennington has the voice for it. Without him, Linkin Park would be just another band trying to make it. Chester is the X FACTOR.
9. DO NOT DWELL ON THOSE THAT NO LONGER CARE
From Ashes Divide only album released in 2008, “Keep Telling Myself It’s Alright.”
“If I saw you right now
I’m embarrassed to say
I’d take you back
And we could just pretend you never went away”
It’s pathetic how we continue to dwell on someone who no longer cares for us in the vain hope that maybe they’ll come around and realize what they’ve left behind.
10. THERE IS NOTHING TO LOSE WHEN YOU ARE DOWN TO A POCKET FULL OF CHANGE
End Of My Rope
From Asphalt Ballet and their excellent debut album released in 1991.
Well it’s a ruthless world with a painted face
Ain’t nothing’ gonna change but the time and place
That’s the “History Of The World” in a nutshell.