I think our purpose in this life goes something like this: Just be. Just live. Do some good while you can. If there’s something on your heart then attend to that thing. I don’t know if that covers all the bases but the point is that I think it’s a lot simpler than we make it sometimes.
I worry a lot about all sorts of things and when I wrote “Promises” I was worried about why God hadn’t been better to me. Why didn’t I have all the things and stuff that I wanted and thought I deserved? Come on, God! Help a brother out!
It’s weird looking back on songs because by the time you start looking back you’ve moved on and when I look back at this one I think, “What a nerve I had telling God that I deserved more than I had!”. Where I’m at now is a place in which I’m thinking, “I can’t believe how lucky I am to have so many good things happening.” If you looked at my life it would probably look like a pretty normal and average American life. That’s the thing though…. If I’m honest I know that there isn’t one thing that I really, really need. There’s a ton of stuff I want. But I’m lucky that I don’t need anything.
If you want to get philosophical about it…and I do want to get philosophical about it… Our entire lives are a gift and all we have to do with that is….SOMETHING. Every breath, every minute, every day, every hour is a gift and I’ll be the first to say I’ve wasted a good portion of that gift with wishing things were different.
The reason I haven’t relegated this song to the, “Songs I Don’t Want to Play Anymore” pile is because I still like it. And whether I still feel what I felt when I wrote it doesn’t really matter because when I wrote it it was real for me and I think it’s a thing that a lot of people have probably felt too.
When you’ve got the blues, you sing the blues. Keep in mind that,like the blues, life is life is life…so go live it.
PROMISES – by Tim Pepper
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