Sunday, December 9, 2012

Sinéad O'Connor's Ruthless Compassion

Here's a fantastic article written about the amazingly complex, flawed, brilliant, and beautiful hero to underdogs: Sinéad O'Connor.  For more background, here's a good bio about her.

My taste in music changes with my moods, but any time I hear anything by Ms. O'Connor I feel compelled to weep tears of thanks that there are such souls as hers on this earth.  Call her crazy, or just too ahead of her time.  She is full of "ruthless compassion," to quote one of my favorite songs of hers, 'Til I Whisper U Something from her album Faith and Courage:



Sure hate to see u looking so sad
Delicate man it needn't be that bad
U sit with me and I will listen
You'll feel much better when u open
U said all u want was a good time
Like a big hill u have to climb
And u got to be willing
U stand tall and u be strong
U have ruthless compassion
For yourself and for everyone
Yeah it's hard but it can be done
I know you've every right to feel grief
You've not had anything that u need
But u put your head on my shoulder
'Til I whisper u something
'Til I whisper u something
It don't take much to have a good time
A lot of lovemaking and a little wine
And u got to be willing
U stand tall and u stand strong
U have ruthless compassion
For yourself and for everyone
Yeah it's hard but it can be done
U put your head on my shoulder
'Til I whisper u something
'Til I whisper u something
It's a long walk towards a good time
It's a big hill u have to climb
And u got to be willing
It don't take much to have a good time
A lot of lovemaking and a little wine
And u got to be willing
If you've never seen a good time
If you've never seen a good time
If you've never seen a good time
How would u recognise one
How would u recognise one
How would u even find one
How would u, if you've never seen a good time
If you've never seen a good time
If you've never seen a good time
How would u recognise one

lyrics transcribed (and perhaps misheard) by Becky Carleton