December 2, 2008

Peace, Love, and Understanding


I watched "The Colbert Christmas Special." It was just OK, but a good parody of all those old Christmas specials that were fake wintertime get-togethers and filmed during some hot summer in L.A. with plenty of shmaltz and B-list celebrities. Think Perry Como meets the Osmonds mixed with Kenny Rogers. There was even a hint of the Bing Crosby / David Bowie Christmas duet. Those were the days.

At the end of the show, they sang the song "What's So Funny 'Bout Peace, Love, and Understanding?" It's a great song from the 70's by Nick Lowe, made famous by Elvis Costello (he was a guest on the Colbert show). Wikipedia says about the song:
In 2004 The Rolling Stone magazine ranked Elvis Costello's 1979 version of the song as the 284th best song of all time.

It's a better rock song than a stand-alone lyric. It seems like a great song for Advent:

WHAT'S SO FUNNY 'BOUT PEACE, LOVE, AND UNDERSTANDING?

As I walk through

This wicked world

Searchin for light in the darkness of insanity.

I ask myself
Is all hope lost?

Is there only pain and hatred, and misery?


And each time I feel like this inside,

There's one thing I wanna know:

Whats so funny bout peace love & understanding?


And as I walked on

Through troubled times
My spirit gets so downhearted sometimes

So where are the strong

And who are the trusted?
And where is the harmony?

Sweet harmony.


cause each time I feel it slippin away,
just makes me wanna cry.

Whats so funny bout peace love & understanding?


So where are the strong?

And who are the trusted?

And where is the harmony?

Sweet harmony.


cause each time I feel it slippin away,
just makes me wanna cry.

Whats so funny bout peace love & understanding?

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