Devils and Dust

Posted by on Sep 29, 2011 in Creativity, Ingredients, Random Thoughts | 0 comments

Other people’s mixed CDs, for those of us who don’t collect tunes exclusively online, are always interesting and revealing pieces of data. They provide a potential host of new music to add to our own collections as well as offer insight into people’s musical taste and even into the essence of their personalities. As the songs pleasantly moved along on a particular mixed CD, #4 was unfamiliar, but it intrigued me and I was compelled to hit repeat. Personally, the song provided insight about the struggles experienced and barriers created when attempting to build peace on any level. The lyrics also left me with questions about the nature of humanity: How does fear affect how we weigh our options and ultimately dictate our decisions? How do we justify our choices and what we may be forced to do? What would we be capable of in the name of survival?

According to Rolling Stone magazine, this beautiful piece written by Bruce Springsteen, was born out the mixed emotions unearthed by the United States’ invasion of Iraq and the inception of this long standing war. “It is basically a song about a soldier’s point of view in Iraq,” Springsteen says. “But it kind of opens up to a lot of other interpretations.”

I have my interpretation; it reconfigures itself according to the day and my mood. I hope you will take the time read, listen, create your own, and then let it adjust and change as time passes.

Devils and Dust
Copyright © Bruce Springsteen (ASCAP)

I got my finger on the trigger
But I don’t know who to trust
When I look into your eyes
There’s just devils and dust
We’re a long, long way from home, Bobbie
Home’s a long, long way from us
I feel a dirty wind blowing
Devils and dust

I got God on my side
I’m just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear’s a powerful thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It’ll take your God filled soul
And fill it with devils and dust

Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of blood and stone
The blood began to dry
The smell began to rise
Well I dreamed of you last night
In a field of mud and bone
Your blood began to dry
The smell began to rise

We’ve got God on our side
We’re just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear’s a powerful thing
It’ll turn your heart black you can trust
It’ll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust

Now every woman and every man
They want to take a righteous stand
Find the love that God wills
And the faith that He commands
I’ve got my finger on the trigger
And tonight faith just ain’t enough
When I look inside my heart
There’s just devils and dust

Well I’ve got God on my side
And I’m just trying to survive
What if what you do to survive
Kills the things you love
Fear’s a dangerous thing
It can turn your heart black you can trust
It’ll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust
It’ll take your God filled soul
Fill it with devils and dust

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