• Have You Forgotten by Red House Painters

    Posted on June 5, 2012 by Elaine in Music.

    This is a song that was first introduced to me 6 years ago by a good friend with great taste in music… great in a sense that it was all music that was meaningful and deep and none of it was Top 40.

    Red House Painters is a band from San Francisco, California. Having lived there, I can see why I am drawn to this band. This alternative rock group creates music that is categorized in the “sadcore, folk rock, indie rock, and dream pop” genres of music.

    “Have You Forgotten” is a song that is pertinent to the world we live in today. It is a good reminder of the innocence of childhood that many of us have forgotten, now that we are older and jaded by life’s experiences.

    An important component to being healthy and happy is learning and knowing how to love yourself. That does not mean being selfish or narcissistic, but rather the opposite. Having a healthy dose of self-esteem and self-confidence will enable you to give freely without expectations.  Feeling confident in your own skin, knowing your strengths and weaknesses, and accepting those around you without judgment are also signs that you love yourself.  And when you love yourself, you can love someone else.

    Know what simple things in life make you happy.

    The smell of fresh cut grass, the sound of an ocean wave, the feel of sand on my bare feet, biting into a cold, juicy watermelon on a hot summer day, playing with my puppy, the sound of children playing – these are all things that are simple and part of nature that make me happy.

    How about you?  Take some time today to think about the simple things in life growing up as a kid that made YOU happy.    Then try to find the time this week or weekend to make one of those simple things reappear in your life again.

    Below are the lyrics for this song.  I hope you find the time to download it and listen to the actual song.  It is one of my all-time favorites.

    Have You Forgotten by Red House Painters

    can’t let you be
    cause your beauty won’t allow me
    wrapped in white sheets
    like an angel from a bedtime story
    shut out what they say
    cause your friends are fucked up anyway
    and when they come around
    somehow they feel up and you feel down

    when we were kids
    we hated things our parents did
    we listened low
    to casey kasem’s radio show
    that’s when friends were nice
    to think of them just makes you feel nice
    the smell of grass in spring
    and october leaves cover everything

    have you forgotten how to love yourself?

    i can’t believe all the good things that you do for me
    sat back in a chair
    like a princess from a faraway place
    nobody’s nice
    when you’re older your heart turns to ice
    and shut out what they say
    they’re too dumb to mean it anyway

    when we were kids
    we hated things our sisters did
    backyard summer pools
    and christmases were beautiful
    and the sentiment
    of coloured mirrored ornaments
    and the open drapes
    look out on frozen farmhouse landscapes

    have you forgotten how to love yourself?


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