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Wednesday, July 29, 2009

 
Fisking The Jukebox 4

Today's selection is Melissa Manchester's Don't Cry Out Loud, that how-not-to guide for grief counselors.

Here's the start of the refrain:

Don't cry out loud
Just keep it inside, learn how to hide your feelings

Burying one's sorrow completely is just as bad as the opposite extreme of prolonging the pain into chronic bitterness.

The third line seems out of place:

Fly high and proud

Nowhere in the two verses does Manchester give any recipe for flying high - finding joy in the wake of broken dreams.

The last line of the refrain is one of the most heartless things you can say to anyone experiencing tragedy:

And if you should fall, remember you almost had it all

Saying that to a grieving individual doesn't encourage one to stifle feelings. It provokes a nervous breakdown - or a punch in the face. Or both.

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