What's a song or poem like this one, but with English lyrics?
June 11, 2019 4:55 PM   Subscribe

I randomly came across a song called Nooit Meer Een Morgen by Marco Borsato years back, and really enjoyed the tune and voice quality. Then I looked up the Dutch lyrics with Google Translate, and the feels just about shut me down! I want to share these sentiments with English-speaking friends though, so I'm looking for songs or poems with a similar message.

Here are the lyrics via Google Translate:

If there were never another tomorrow
And the sun fell asleep with the moon
Do you have any idea what it would do to you?
If you only existed for one day?

Would your heart fill with fire again?
Freed from eternal shame
Did you no longer look at the clock on the wall?
You broke free from the grip of time

Worries would no longer determine your life
And did you have no fear of fear?
As your hero or heroine of your own stories
If only for one day

The future would no longer control your thinking
And you lived for the moment
With a listening ear for the child in yourself
Would you finally be who you are again?

We banish the dreams to tomorrow and later
But doesn't it secretly hurt you?
That you would only do what you always wanted
If there were never another tomorrow

We banish the dreams to tomorrow and later
But doesn't it secretly hurt you?
That you would only do what you always wanted
If there were never another tomorrow

/end lyrics. Suggestions appreciated!
posted by circular to Media & Arts (8 answers total)
It's not a perfect parallel, so hopefully others will have more exact suggestions, but Do You Realize?? by the Flaming Lips feels to me like it's covering somewhat thematically similar territory.
posted by eponym at 5:47 PM on June 11 [3 favorites]

Also not a perfect parallel, but people think this about some of the Neutral Milk Hotel songs/albums. To start with, the song, "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea".
posted by unknowncommand at 8:24 PM on June 11 [1 favorite]

A bit more of a reach, but perhaps Townes Van Zandt's "To Live is to Fly"?
Days, up and down they come
Like rain on a congadrum
Forget most, remember some
But don't turn none away
Everything is not enough
And nothin' is too much to bear
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep is the getting there.

To live is to fly
Low and high
So shake the dust off of your wings
And the sleep out of your eyes
posted by Nerd of the North at 12:03 AM on June 12 [2 favorites]

How about If You Fall by Azure Ray? It's rather short but a cute little song.


If you fall will you get up
You're stuck in a dream will you wake up
And if you fell in love will you hold on to it
And if it's cold will you stay warm
You drift too far will you swim towards the shore
And if you fell in love will you hold on to it
posted by massofintuition at 1:33 AM on June 12 [1 favorite]

Paul Baribeau- Ten Things; not expressed in the same way but thematically similar, maybe?

soon the sun will rise and another day will come
soon enough the sun will set, another day will be gone
and right now all you have is time time time yeah,
but someday that time will run out.
that's the only thing you can be absolutely certain about.
posted by Balthamos at 2:09 AM on June 12 [1 favorite]

Try the lyrics to I Hope You Dance or Time in a Bottle.
posted by CathyG at 11:21 AM on June 12

These metaphors are found spread through Rumi's and Rilke's poetry. I recommend perusing the Goodreads quotes page and Googling a specific quote that resonates. Here's a few that call out to me:

“Forget safety.
Live where you fear to live.
Destroy your reputation.
Be notorious.”
― Rumi

“Dance, when you're broken open. Dance, if you've torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you're perfectly free.”
― Rumi

“People want you to be happy.
Don't keep serving them your pain!

If you could untie your wings
and free your soul of jealousy,

you and everyone around you
would fly up like doves.”
― Rumi

Rilke's Let This Darkness Be a Bell Tower
Quiet friend who has come so far,

feel how your breathing makes more space around you.
Let this darkness be a bell tower
and you the bell. As you ring,

what batters you becomes your strength.
Move back and forth into the change.
What is it like, such intensity of pain?
If the drink is bitter, turn yourself to wine.

In this uncontainable night,
be the mystery at the crossroads of your senses,
the meaning discovered there.

And if the world has ceased to hear you,
say to the silent earth: I flow.
To the rushing water, speak: I am.

Sonnets to Orpheus II, 29
posted by SoundInhabitant at 1:29 PM on June 12

"Tonight we fly", The Divine Comedy, ends on a similar note:

And when we die
Oh, will we be
That disappointed
Or sad
If heaven doesn't exist
What will we have missed
This life is the best we've ever had
posted by How much is that froggie in the window at 10:55 PM on June 12

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