How Music Can Be Therapy
When you hear a certain song, do you think to yourself, “Yes, that’s me. That’s just how I feel”? If you have a mental illness, you most likely feel different, a sense of being an outsider. Songs, like poetry, express powerful emotions in a way that reveal our soul, our common humanity. As such, they can be a source of healing. They can remind us we’re not alone.
Do You Feel Weird or Isolated from the World?
I grew up as an only child in an abusive environment. In addition to that sense of isolation, I’ve always been a bit eccentric, a “think outside the box” person. Unfortunately, this compounds my social anxiety because I’m quite likely to express an idea that threatens someone else’s world view and makes them hostile.
I stay in my house most of the time because I’m slightly agoraphobic. Leaving home makes me nervous, so the Internet has become my primary source of communication with the outside world. Being house-bound would seem to only increase my sense of isolation, but ironically, after feeling “weird” for so long, I’ve begun to find people similar to me online. If you’re one of them, welcome!
“Galileo” by The Indigo Girls Is Your Song
Galileo’s head was on the block. The crime was looking up for truth, and as the bombshells of my daily fears explode, I try to trace them to my youth.
And then you had to bring up reincarnation over a couple of beers the other night. And now I’m serving time for mistakes made by another in another lifetime.
How long till my soul gets it right? Can any human being ever reach that kind of light? I call on the resting soul of Galileo, King of Night Vision, King of Insight.
And then I think about my fear of motion, which I never could explain. Some other fool across the ocean years ago must have crashed his little airplane.
How long till my soul gets it right? Can any human being every reach that kind of light? I call on the resting soul of Galileo, King of Night Vision, King of Insight.
I’m not making a joke. You know me. I take everything so seriously. If we wait for the time when all souls get it right, then at least I know they’ll be no nuclear annihilation. In my lifetime, I’m still not right.
I offer thanks to those before me That’s all I’ve got to say. ‘Cause maybe you squandered big bucks in your lifetime. Now I have to pay.
But then again it feels like some sort of inspiration to let the next life off the hook, but she’ll say, “Look what I’ve had to overcome from my last life. I think I’ll write a book.”
How long till my soul gets it right? Can any human being ever reach the highest light? Except for Galileo. God rest his soul. (Except for the resting soul of Galileo, King of Night Vision, King of Insight.)
How long? Till my soul gets it right. Till we reach the highest light. How long? Till my soul gets it right. Till we reach the highest light. How long?
Galileo lyrics © Emi Virgin Songs, Inc; Godhap Music (Taken from Lyricsty)
Song Analysis: Why Is This Your Song?
- In this song by The Indigo Girls, Galileo is a symbol for us “weird” types, truth seekers who are willing to look past social conventions for deeper answers. Galileo was executed for proposing a new world view, and although we may not face literal death, the truth often offends people. We may frequently find ourselves facing hostility.
- The symbol of Galileo is combined with the idea of reincarnation. We can look at that literally from a religious perspective, but in my mind, reincarnation is also symbolic. We face many little “deaths” as we search for answers. When we look for the truth, our beliefs constantly have to be reexamined and altered, making us a different person than we were. A new lifetime begins.
- Then we look back with regret. If I’d only known, I could have made better choices and not suffer so much now. That sense of regret is evident in the lyrics, but the words also offer us a sense of hope. How long? How long implies that eventually we will get it right.
Keep this Song in Your Heart
If you’re a “weird” person, then this song is my gift to you. Watch the video, and you’ll see that The Indigo Girls are one of us. Keep this song in your heart and know that you’re not the only one hurting. You’re not the only one seeking answers. You’re not the only “weirdo.”
Notes from the Author
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