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Philosophia Lyrics

When we’re young we set our hearts upon some beautiful idea
Maybe something from a holy book or French philosophia
Upon the thoughts of better men than us we swear by and decree a
Perfect way to end the war of ways the only way to be a…

Work of art, oh to be a work of art

But in time a thought comes tugging on the sleeve edge of our minds
Perhaps no perfect way exists at all, just many different kinds
Oh but if it’s just a thing of taste then everything unwinds
For without an absolute how can the absolute define…

A work of art, oh to be a work of art
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Apr 19, 2007
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I got this song for free off iTunes, and it sounds really good to me.

To me, it sounds like it means that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that things are going to appear differently to different people.

Oh, and for anyone who finds this message, I ask you something: I am trying to think of a song to play during a memorial slide show for my uncle, and it needs to be one of those songs that would make sense to play. Do you think this would be a good rememberance song, or no?

Previous songs in previous years were:

-That Aviril Lavigne song with that repetitive piano solo

-In Your Eyes, by Peter Gabriel

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To me it means that everyone is striving for their own idea of ideal, or "to be a work of art."

The writer has realized that everyone's ideas of Love, Life and Happiness differ from person to person and has come to accept that his ideals aren't the same as other peoples, but that doesn't mean the other person's ideals are bad/wrong.

He realizes that everyone is trying to become that "piece of art" in their mind, or to find that "beautiful idea"

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Oh, and to the post asking about remembrance songs, if its not too late, a response just off the top of my head:

Rufus wainwright's "In a Graveyard." Its a beautiful piano-based piece. "Worldly sounds of endless warring were for just a moment silent stars. Worldly boundaries of dying were for just a moment never ours."

Leonard Cohen's "Hey, thats no way to say goodbye" (This may not be what you're looking for...). "You know my love goes with you as your love stays with me, it's just the way it changes, like the shoreline and the sea ... your eyes are soft with sorrow. Hey, that's no way to say goodbye."

OK Go's "Return." Its much more current and ... I dunno how soft of a sound you want but, while it sounds melancholy, it isn't very soft, "The void took the shape of all that you were, but years take their toll and things get bent into shape. Antiseptic and tired, I can't remember your face."

Everything else I can think of (Elton john's "Candle in the wind," and that "I will remember you," song. meh) is pretty cliche...

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