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Hearing the right song at the right time can mean the world to me. Usually, the bits of lyrics I've held close in times of need are of the romantic variety — the Postal Service's "The District Sleeps Alone Tonight" hardly needs clarification (Sarah... long distance relationships are not for you), and I remember a much more recent incident when Beyonce assured me I was "Irreplaceable," and I could have another him "in a minute..." Turns out I had nothing to fear, but her words shored up my reserves. One of the best things about songs is how little it matters, at the time, what the songwriter meant by the words — what matters is how you hear them, and how you use them. A friend of mine from college heard "there's a bathroom on the right" when John Fogerty sang "there's a
palebad moon on the rise," and you can see just how instructive that is! Have you ever gotten sound advice from a song lyric? Did you have the lyric right... and did it matter? And have you ever found out that what the artist intended was different from how you heard it? Did you care?