A bit of random thought, but it just occurred to me that both – wildly different – songs, of which the most crucial lines are stated below, strike exactly the same emotional chord with me. I find this – one’s realization of having lost the opportunities of youth permanently – one of the saddest personal modern human tragedies that exist. Perhaps because I feel that at some point in my life this could have happened to me as well, even though now it might seem quaint.
Ticking away the moments that make up a dull day
Fritter and waste the hours in an offhand way.
Kicking around on a piece of ground in your home town
Waiting for someone or something to show you the way.
Tired of lying in the sunshine staying home to watch the rain.
You are young and life is long and there is time to kill today.
And then one day you find ten years have got behind you.
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun.
When she was 22 the future looked bright
But she’s nearly 30 now and she’s out every night
I see that look in her face, she’s got that look in her eye
She’s thinking how did I get here and wondering why
It’s sad but it’s true how society says her life is already over
There’s nothing to do and there’s nothing to say