This isn’t a deep cut in the sense that it is an old song that we can evaluate in a new Pagan light, but rather a true “Deep Cut” as in an unreleased song from an album. If you listen to the kind of radio station that I do (you know, that plays the kind of music a 30-40something listens to who wants to think they are still relevant), you have probably heard of Australian singer/songwriter Gotye. His single “Somebody I Used To Know” is taking over airwaves in our hemisphere even though in Oz it is kind of old news. The song is catchy and fun to sing along to at the top of your lungs in the car when no one else is around. But this post isn’t about that song. It also isn’t about his first single, which has an awesome video but I’m only mentioning in passing because it reminds me a lot of old Midge Ure and I don’t think there is enough Midge Ure in the world.
But this post is actually about a different song on the Gotye album. The song is called “In Your Light” and it just makes me happy to listen to it. The hand-clapping percussion and lyrics that make you wonder if it is about a lover or the Sun are simply joyful.
Especially in this season between the Solstice and the Equinox, it is nice to be reminded that the sun is returning:
When you’re smiling on me, that is all I need,
To put behind me all my worry and life’s complexities.
Maybe only a moment, but the world just falls away
And I forget myself and everything else that depressed me yesterday
When I sing along to this song in car, it feels very Pagan. I don’t know the religious leanings of Wally De Backer (aka Gotye), but it is just a happy song about the sun or God or someone you love very much and it is just so much fun to listen to.
When I’m in your light, all of this is clear
If only I could always be just as I am right here (in your light)
In your light, just when I’m in your light (in your light)
And I won’t get far if you take that light away