our opinions: CURMUDGEON MUSINGS The Last BY MARK BROWN Word Lyrics To Live By I n the words of the great prophet Paul McCartney: “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” In a lot of the speeches I’ve made across the country, I found that I was using song lyric quotes to get certain points across. They feel more effective in so many cases. There are a huge amount of fantastic quotes by scholarly people, but it’s funny how some of the best are by country songwriters and rock stars. Let’s look at a few. “It’s not something you get over. It’s some- thing you get through.” Lyrics on a new Willie Nelson album enti- tled, Last Man Standing. Rather profound lyrics, I think, especially when the story behind them is explained. It seems he was talking with a friend who just lost someone they cared for deeply. He basically said, “How can I ever get over this?” Willie said, “It’s not something you get over. It’s something you get through.” Then he wrote the song, Something You Get Through. It’s really a profound response to a very sad situation, in my opinion. One of my favorite lines in a song is from John Lennon’s Beautiful Boy. “Before you cross the street take my hand. Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” Now, what is more profound than that? Works in any situation; you can apply it in every 112 walk of life. It’s funny, the more you think about it, the more true it becomes. Only problem is, Lennon used it, but prob- ably did not come up with it originally. It was first used in a Readers Digest article in 1958 by Allen Saunders. But I couldn’t care less. The reason we know it is that it’s from a John Lennon song. Here are a few more of my favorites: “Castles made of sand melt into the sea even- tually.” — Jimi Hendrix “I’ll trade all my tomorrows for one single yesterday.” — Kris Kristofferson “Every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end.” — Semisonic That last line is particularly good. We used it years ago on stage with a company we had just bought. We were working to persuade their people to come with us, without turmoil. And that is the line our CEO used in his keynote speech. Imagine, a rock song lyric to help in business. Of course, there are always some lyrics you would not want to use, like, “I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.” — I Am the Walrus, by The Beatles. Only use this if you’re feeling a little like Cybil. And don’t use “Picture yourself on a train in a station with plasticine porters with looking glass ties.” — Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, by The Beatles; unless, of course, you own a cannabis hut in Colorado.