Definitely my fashion icon for much of high school and college. Spent much of middle school perched in front of a television with a cassette recorder trying to capture as a many Monkees songs as I could.
I’d written “better to die on your feet than live on your knees” on it.
That was eighteen years ago.
This is closer to where I am now:
Now some may want to die young, man
Young and gloriously
Get it straight now mister
Hey buddy that ain’t me
‘Cause I got something on my mind
That sets me straight and walkin’ proud
And I want all the time
All that heaven will allow.
Bruce Springsteen, 1988. Like the lyrics more than the recording.
Here’s another version, this time with Kate Atkinson’s Jackson Brodie talking to a man with a gun:
“You know,” he said conversationally — they might have been two blokes in the pub — “when I was in the army there were some guys who said they’d rather die in combat — go down fighting — than live out their four score and ten. Trudge through it, ” he added with a little laugh. “And I never understood how they could think like that.”
“And now you do?”
“Yeah, I bet that’s how you think, too.”
“No,” Jackson said. “Once upon a time, maybe, but not now. Personally, I’m happy to trudge to the end . I’d like to meet my grandchildren. Put the gun down, Vince.”
Isn’t this what we ought to be after as teachers?
I hope you find something to love
Something to do when you feel like giving up
A song to sing or a tale to tell
Something to love, it’ll serve you well
Reminded me of another old favorite — Guy Clark, Stuff that Works:
Stuff that works, stuff that holds up
The kind of stuff you don’ hang on the wall
Stuff that’ real, stuff you feel
The kind of stuff you reach for when you fall