And the Jukebox Plays: Gaucho

Some people post fun little things on Fridays or on days that they can’t post a whole blog: YouTube videos or pictures or clever little sayings.

I don’t peruse YouTube much or always have a picture handy or am clever enough to create clever little sayings so instead I bring you what many times does my inspiring… music.

I play my Old Cuban Classics playlist when I’m working on my book. I have a playlist titled “Writing” of my favorite songs to write to.

Unfortunately there are not enough hours in my day to write my book and to post to my blog so I have needed to come up with a way to do both and incorporating music, which is really just writing set to rhythm, is a way for me to do that.

When I was teaching, I had an activity called Music Mondays. The kids were given a song on Friday and where asked questions about the song that fit into English class themes (figurative language, main idea, song’s theme, etc.). Then we’d talk about it on Monday. I’m not going to ask you questions about these songs or test you on the song’s meaning but most will give you something to think about or at least something to smile about.

Here’s my first choice: Gaucho
Of course it’s not surprising that I’m starting with a Dave Matthews Band song. I first heard this song this week from my friend Lisa’s blog, Rufmita.

Like always, unlike other artists, I just think he has so many incredible things to say. In this song he beautifully talks about how we are too smart to be sitting around not doing our part, however small, to make things better.

Enjoy! And Happy Friday!

Favorite line:

We crossed the oceans wide
Built cities to the sky
Looked up we were flying
But we will not survive ourselves


“Gaucho”
With fire to keep us warm
And tools we made from rocks and bones
A roof over your head
And walls to keep you safe in bed

There must be more than this
So god was born and we in his
Image of fear and love
Looked down upon from up above

We gotta do much more than believe if we really wanna change things
We gotta do much more than believe if we wanna see the world change

We crossed the oceans wide
Built cities to the sky (oh lord)
Looked up and we were flying
But will we not survive ourselves

We gotta do much more than believe if wanna see the world change
We gotta do much more than believe if we really wanna change things
We gotta do much more than believe, go on try it, go on try it
We gotta do much more than believe if we wanna see the world change

What will I say to baby?
Let me show you a movie
You know we landed a man on the moon?
Now you could never believe it
Yea we could do anything
We flew to the stars and back
Down to the ground hard

Please wake up
Please wake up
Please wake up

We gotta do much more than believe if we really wanna change things
We gotta do much more than believe, go on try it, go on try it
We gotta do much more than believe if we really wanna change things
We gotta do much more than believe, go on try it, go on try it
We gotta do much more than believe if we wanna see the world change

Oh, my little baby
I’ll show you this movie
You know we landed a man on the moon?

I know its hard to imagine
But we could do anything
Under the stars

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