We All Bleed Red


As you may know if you follow this blog regularly, my favorite kinds of music are rock/metal & classical.  However, I do still listen to country music from time to time.  In fact, I can honestly say there isn’t a single genre of music that I don’t like at least occasionally, the reason being that good lyrics can transcend any & all genre lines.music quote

In any case, while running some errands this morning I was listening to In This Moment’s steller 2014 album Black Widow.  When the eleventh song Natural Born Sinner came on, I was struck by how the song is so relevant to our world today with all of the polarization that is so rampant in light of recent world events.  I wrote a post a while ago about that song & how I feel it is so meaningful for those of us who support gay rights.  But as is the case with any truly great song, the lyrics can be applied to many different situations.  black widow ITM

Anyhow, as I thought about how important it is for each of us to not get caught up in the polarization that makes us view the world with an “us vs them” mentality, I was reminded of one of my favorite country songs, Bleed Red by Ronnie Dunn.bleed red 1

As my thoughts revolved around current world it events, it occurred to me, as it often has before, that while religion was theoretically created to inspire love & peace, quite often it is used for just the opposite purpose.  One can plainly see this in our world today.  Just to be clear, I’m not one of these naive social justice warriors who thinks everyone should just hold hands & sing Kum Ba Yah & that there aren’t some truly evil people in this world.  Of course there are.  We can see this quite plainly with the recent terrorist attacks in Paris & California & various other places across the globe.  terrorism words

However, I see nothing worthwhile to be gained from continuing with the “us vs them” mentality that so often rises up after such tragic events.  As much as I feel that these acts of terrorism can never be justified, I am also smart enough to realize that many of the actions the US has taken in the Middle East over the past few decades have done nothing but feed the fires of hate that fuel such attacks . . .us vs them

It’s also occurred to me recently that the US was quite literally founded on the basis of terrorism . . . or at the very least genocide.  Hello, what else can we rightly call the widespread destruction of the Native American people?  I’m by no means saying that their cultures were all 100% peaceful & perfect before the Europeans entered the continent. But the manner in which these people were treated for hundreds of years cannot possibly be considered humane in any way, shape, or form.  I don’t see how we can overlook the similarity between the systematic destruction of the Native Americans, fueled largely by racism & religion, & current terrorist events which are likewise fueled largely by racism & religion.all bleed red

Anyhow, allow me to return to the song which inspired this post.  I think it would behoove each of us to read these lyrics & take them to heart.

Let's say we're sorry
Before it's too late
Give forgiveness a chance
Let the anger turn to water
Let it slip through our hands

We all bleed red
We all taste rain
We all fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

If we're fighting
We're both losing
We're just wasting our time
Because my scars
They are your scars
And your world is mine
You & I . . .

We all bleed red
We all taste rain
All fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

Sometimes we're strong
Sometimes we're weak
Sometimes we're hurt
And it cuts deep
We live this life 
Breath to breath
We're all the same
We all bleed red

Let's say we're sorry
Before it's too late

We all bleed red
All taste rain
All fall down
Lose our way
We all say words we regret
We all cry tears
We all bleed red

Sometimes we're strong
Sometimes we're weak
Sometimes we're hurt
And it cuts deep
We live this life 
Breath to breath
We're all the same
We all bleed red

 

This song was released 4 years ago but the power of the lyrics is timeless, which of course is the mark of a truly great song.  To many people, music is just disposable, something to listen to to make them feel good for a few minutes & then to throw away the minute the next mindless hit comes along.  Such a mentality towards music angers me to no end because to me music is my religion, my way of life.  It’s the very force that empowers me to face an often chaotic & seemingly uncaring world.fear

 

Anyhow, the next time you’re tempted to allow fear to overcome you & thus hate to enter your heart, I hope you’ll remember we all bleed red.

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