Friday, April 19, 2013

Play THIS One on the Pipes, Pan!

Among a train of thought, the meaning of the name Peter came back to me. It is, of course, rock or stone. Then a line from a song bounced in immediately after. Despite the fact that it seems as if it would, this line does not readily pop into my head whenever Peter/rock comes up. The line is:

I am a rock, I am an island.

How could my next thought NOT be Peter Pan?

(Just a picture of an island -
not suggesting this is the Neverland!)

If you’re not aware, “I Am a Rock” is a song by the great duo Simon & Garfunkel. Naturally, I had to look up the lyrics. Too bad that some of them don’t fit very well with Pan, but much of it does. Perhaps the only one that is completely unlike Pan is a disdain of laughter. (What a horrid notion anyway!) The others can at least be chalked up to metaphor such as having books - [in many cases] these are just stories, and he loves those.  And the "Don't talk of love" set brings to mind the Fairy Dance scene in Hogan's version.

I Am a Rock
Simon & Garfunkel

A winter's day
In a deep and dark December;
I am alone,
Gazing from my window to the streets below
On a freshly fallen silent shroud of snow.
I am a rock, I am an island.

I've built walls,
A fortress deep and mighty,
That none may penetrate.
I have no need of friendship; friendship causes pain.
It's laughter and it's loving I disdain.
I am a rock, I am an island.

Don't talk of love,
But I've heard the words before;
It's sleeping in my memory.
I won't disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock, I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock, I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

1 comment:

Anon said...

I love that song! ^_^