Philosophy of Life in Lyrics

Wise choices create the outcomes we desire.

“Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.” — John Fogerty, Credence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

I love music. It offers us so much. Not just a rhythm and a beat that we can dance to, although that in itself is extremely worthwhile, but great music also offers us lessons in its lyrics.

This particular line by John Fogerty and from Credence Clearwater Revival’s hit Looking Out My Back Door is one of those lessons.

What a great philosophy for life “Bother me tomorrow, today, I’ll buy no sorrows.”

After all, nothing is good or bad, happy or sad until we give it meaning. If we choose not to take on someone else’s negativity or sorrows today, then we can maintain our peace and joy for the day. One day at a time.

If you often deal with large amounts of negativity from other people around you, then try “Bother me” next hour or after lunch or after work. It’s important to avoid buying someone else’s sorrows in order to keep your own peace of mind and heart – even if it’s only one hour at a time.

Of course, this line seems like an updated version of Miss Scarlett’s “I’ll think about it tomorrow,” but I still love it. It seems a bit more pointed than Miss Scarlett’s line. CCR’s lyrics seem to tell other people to keep their sorrows to themselves and not dump them on another’s doorstep. Perhaps that explains the next line — “Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.”

Certainly there are many other great songs with lessons in the lyrics. What’s your favorite?

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  1. Jeanne Melanson
    4 years ago

    Huh! I’d never actually given that line much thought, but I’m glad you’ve opened my eyes to its meaning! It is so true, that we don’t have to take on others’ sorrows, and that nothing is good or bad, happy or sad, until we make it so. Thanks for this article! Very timely. Peace to you!

  2. Music is my language! I’d hate to even get started with one line learning lessons! However, the recently released to radio Matthew West Do Something line that says, “Right now it’s time for us to do something.” is probably one that is speaking to me now.

    Too often we wait for the “right” time in life to do something. NOW is the time.

  3. drwixy
    4 years ago

    Thanks, Jeanne and Carrie Ann, for being the first two to comment at my new website. You are so right, Carrie Ann, NOW is the time. If not now, when?

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