"Bottom of the Sea Blues" as written by and Johnny Flynn....
My age is my condition
My love is my intent
I'll pay time with ageless love
I'll forget what came and went
For a well full of content

There's a space in the heavens
There's a hole in my heart
There's a lack of fine dining gone to work on my art
And a flavour of fullness
Is an empty retreat
And the restaurant buffet isn't all I can eat

My age is my condition
My love is my intent
I'll pay time with ageless love
I'll forget what came and went
For a well full of content

Colors at dawn swallow me
Colors at night set me free

Hard work to get up
Too quick to get down
While love, food, and money
Do all the trade in this town
The bar's looking hollow
And my bones are still white
I haven't the patience to stay out tonight

My age is my condition
My love is my intent
I'll pay time with ageless love
Or forget what came and went
For a well full of content

Stuck with thoughts of the buttercups
And the bees that do naught
But suck on the yellow as nature has taught
I'll suck on the colors that I find in the sea
The blues and the greens, they don't bother me

My age is my condition
My love is my intent
I'll pay time with ageless love
I'll forget what came and went
For a well full of content

My soul is in the trees
It's in the sap that fills the wood
It's in the rings that tell her age
It's in the smoke that marks the days
It's in the fire in my heart
It's in the embers in the soot
It's in the place I put the ash
It's in the soil
It's in the grass
It's in the mouths of all the herd
It's in the beetles and the birds
It's in the feathers that I found one morning lying on the ground
It's hallelujah, aye and oh
It's where I've been and where I go
It's in the people that I meet
It's kneeling silent at their feet
It's ever dutifully yours
It stems my pride
And opens doors

My age is my condition
My love is my intent
I'll pay time with ageless love
I'll forget what came and went
For a well full of content

Colors at dawn swallow me
Colors at night time set me free


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"Bottom of the Sea Blues" as written by Johnny Flynn

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    General CommentHmmm . . . I am having trouble pinpointing Mr. Flynn's religious perspective. Perhaps that is a good thing, as I don't want to categorize the body of his work into one simple category. However, I get some Christian themes from him, and would be delighted if he shared the same thoughts/feelings. Either way, I greatly admire his musicianship and songwriting.

    "My age is my condition
    My love is my intent
    I'll pay time with ageless love
    Or forget what came and went
    For a well full of content"

    This is the opening stanza and repeated chorus throughout the song. We are all affected, hindered, or enabled by our age. At different stages in life, we are given different privileges or restrictions by our society. This can affect much of what we do; even how we feel and think. With age comes youth, but also degredation.

    We all long to love and be loved. Ultimately, this is fulfilled in God. However, we also seek, quite naturally, as we were made to do, love from our fellow human beings. We will eventually perish from this Earth and leave time behind, entering into timeless eternity with God; fulfilled with perfect, ageless love.

    The lines "I'll forget what came and went, for a well full of content" remind me that in Heaven, we will not be focused on Earthly happenings, but may, in fact, have no recollection of them whatsoever. Perhaps we may, but we also may not. We'll be so in love with God and His creation (fellow immortal souls) that the happenings of our past life will be "traded in," so to speak, for a "well full of content" (think of the Samaritan woman at the well and Christ's "living water").

    "There's a space in the heavens
    There's a hole in my heart"

    These lines demonstrate the longing("hole in my heart") that we all have for Grace, acceptance, forgiveness and love. We seek them from our fellow human beings (and rightly so), but ultimately, these can only be perfectly fulfilled in God who has set aside "a space in the heavens" for us.

    "Colors at dawn swallow me
    Colors at night time set me free"

    These two lines, for me, lend themselves to the way we dive into life when in youth; our Dawn. We immerse ourselves in the world's beauty, its colors, "swallow" us, without much thought for anything else. However, as we near the end of our tether (our night time) God's beauty, His ultimate colors (reflections of which are seen in the Earth's colors), set us free to become what we were ultimately destined to be.

    "The bar's looking hollow"

    On a personal note, I've always fell that bars are hollow placed to be; devoid of passion or soul.

    "I'll suck on the colors that I find in the sea, the blues and the greens they don't bother me"

    I have an affinity for imagery of the sea . . . It's awesome power, yet soothing presence. It is like the physical deity of the Earth; nothing can rival its power. The "blues and greens" of the sea are of a unique hue . . . I very much adore them. However, blues and greens are typically associated with healing and life. Properties which are indeed given by the sea, but ultimately God.

    Whenever Johnny picks up the pace and describes "my soul" being virtually everywhere on the Earth, perhaps he is referencing the comraderie, connectedness and belonging that we all feel with one another and this Earth that we share. Perhaps he is referencing God's soul and presence in all of creation. The last lines of this bit:

    "It's ever dutifully yours,
    it stems my pride,
    and opens doors"

    push me in the direction of the latter, but perhaps I am mistaken.

    Mr. Flynn may think me a complete moron for writing this interpretation, and if I am way off base, I would appreciate it if he'd like to share a little insight. If not, we will simply live with the mystery and, Mr. Flynn, I will continue to enjoy your music - regardless of whatever silly theories my mind my spin up.

    Thank you, and keep up the good work! Congratulations on your recent marriage and child; what beautiful people and relationships to cherish.


    ConorOon July 10, 2014   Link

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