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October 5, 2005 • Darrell Shandrow Hilliker

Shownotes

Check out Karen’s interpretation of all the deep meanings found in the song One Love by Hootie and the Blowfish and tell us what you think. Her interpretation is woven between the lyrics found in the following paragraphs.

Sunshine, on the horizon
Over two young lovers, while it’s going’ down

The first Stanza has an overt meaning, while the rest of the lyrics are more ambiguous.

Somewhere, the same sun rises,
On another two lovers, as the world goes around

People have much in common. All of us want & need love, to feel we
belong. This is universal, no matter whom you are, where you’re from, what
your background or beliefs are.

Same scene, played over and over
Same sweet passion, same warm blood
Softly speaking, the universal language
So many lovers ……….. One love

History repeats itself. Each of us, searching for the same thing; that one love. The one whom we can trust & be ourselves.

CHORUS:
One love might make a difference
Might take the walls, and tear them down
One light might keep on shining
If we take one love and we spread it around

This stanza is clear, evident at first glance as well.
Yet may not be as apparent to some. Its multiple meanings are significant
on several levels.
If, we love each other, be kind to our neighbors, not just in our Country
but on Foreign soil, then, perhaps, the world would be more peaceful, & the
world as one.
Maybe, we would not have so many social problems, here in America or
elsewhere. If, we all took the time, energy & resources, to help others,
feed the hungry, help the homeless, employed the disabled or not be
prejudice of others of other races, religions or ethnicity. If, we stop,
look & listen, assist in any way, rather then, be caught up in our own life,
our situation, in our own corner of the world, we would express love,
kindness & happiness to others.
Then, another person, or group of people, would feel love, happiness
instead of malice or sorrow. He/she too, would see the light, have a glimmer of hope, and feel the sunshine so they can stand on their feet. Yet, some, many, live in poverty, are homeless, hungry & ill. They feel despair & rain, rather then the warmth of the sun providing comfort, strength & support.

Old religions, new generations
Caught in a struggle of righteous ways
Can’t see the forest for all the frustrations
Too many lyin’, too many dyin’ .. But only one love
CHORUS:
One love might make a difference
Might take the walls, and tear them down
One light might keep on shining
If we take one love and we spread it around

Once again, History repeats itself. Its human nature to assume what one
person believes is correct & if another’s opinions, attitudes & beliefs
differ, then, he/she is wrong. Some do not support or acknowledge anyone
with an opposing view.
In fact, many are angry, bitter & filled with rage. This is evident in
world Affairs. The terrorists are trying to destroy America. thinking of the United States as Greedy, Selfish & hope to create fear & total distruction & havoc on our land, demolishing everyone & everything, turning our country into a pile of dust & ash. They at least, want to kill our spirit & willingness to live & survive.
This has gone on too long, too many generations, not changing, not learning from past mistakes, not accepting others for who they are, for their uniqueness.
This will continue for many years, for decades, for several generations.
Until, we, all of us, can & do become more accepting & supportive of our fellow man.
We may not agree nor understand their beliefs or culture. However, we need to at least listen & be more respectful of others, be more kind. Until then, there will be War & hatred. This will always exist & always be an issue.
Yet, sometimes, through War there is eventually peace, compromise &
understanding. It would be nice, to remove the walls, the barriers & have peace.

Too many stories share the same thread
Too many roads untraveled…
Same scene plays over and over and over now
Same young passion, same red blood
Universal language goes unspoken
Too much hatred, too much hatred now
.. But only one love
CHORUS:
One love might make a difference
Might take the walls, and tear them down
One light might keep on shining
If we take one love and we spread it around
Sunshine on the horizon
Over two young lovers, while it’s going’ down

Here, in this last stanza too, it’s the same, same pattern. We all have our
own story. The people & places are different, yet similar. Change is not
easy, not for anyone. We often do not learn from our mistakes. It’s
difficult to alter your perspective. It often, takes much reflection, ponder
thoughts & to find commonalities in another, for when you do, one can not
hate, but, respect & perhaps love another despite their opinions.
No matter whom you are, if you are more accepting & loving to another,
then, they too, will see the light shining more brightly, giving him/her
hope & then, be more willing to share the hope & love around. Things
such as love & music are the universal language.
Furthermore, we do not always see the “forest for the Trees &
“procrastination is the thief of time” We do not have much time, don’t’
waste it. Life is precious! Take a moment & help another, for you, may
change their life in an instant, in a day or later down the road. It’s
often, easier to take the path often traveled, familiar & comfortable. Go
ahead, take the road, less traveled, & that, may make all the
difference, may tear the walls down & shine the light, altering History,
the world forever.

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