An existential tune that asks several questions. The inspiration for this one came from my border terrier, Bill, who sometimes exhibits some of the funniest faces. One day, while I was at my desk, I look up and Bill was over on the sofa, watching me with one of his “Bill” looks and I thought, “Do you ever wonder about things? Do you, like, ever gaze up at the stars and try to guess at their origin?” And that became the basis for the first line of the song. Funny where inspiration comes from. By the way, here’s a classic Bill face…
Do you stare up at the stars and wonder
Are you frightened by the lightning and thunder
Is the writing on the wall?
Are you headed for a fall of your own making
Do you stand outside the door and linger
As the time slips quickly through your fingers
From your first step to the last
Never knowing what was cast, or what was breaking
Do you dwell upon your vain endeavors
Will you scatter to the winds forever
Should your dreams come to reprieve
Are you ready to believe that something matters?
This is a pretty significant departure vocally for me. It is such a powerful song by Ms Smith and I’ve really tried here to put my own spin on it while hopefully preserving a little of the raw emotion she so compellingly brings to the original, which can be enjoyed on YouTube here