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Song Lyric Sunday – k.d. Lang

This week we have another prompt that is very different, that being using a song that features a Canadian artist or group.


I am still reeling over the death of Justice Ginsburg. I feel profoundly for her family. It must be difficult to grieve the loss when so many people have reverted to their most base desires for power and control. This is the sad statement about living a life in the public eye – your personal life is second.

My thoughts went to k.d. lang, a Canadian artist with a hauntingly beautiful voice. She wrote the song “Constant Craving” with Ben Mink. In an interview with NPR, she said of “Constant Craving”:

It’s an acquiescence. It’s a summation of human desire. It’s like yes, OK, we all are heartbroken. We’re all nervous. We’re all vulnerable. We’re all hopeful, but at the end of the day, constant craving has always been.

This is how I am feeling right now. Listening to this song has given me a sense of peace for yet another circumstance in 2020 that I have no control over.

According to Songfacts k.d. lang said “Constant Craving” is about Shambhala. From Atlanta.Shambhla.org:

Shambhala is about the inherent wisdom, compassion, and courage of all beings, and even of human society- our fundamental nature. We can acknowledge our inherent human dignity, worthiness, completeness and non-faultiness, and have confidence in that. These can be the foundational principles for society. They are the potential for enlightened society. In this tradition enlightened society is not a Utopian state, but it is a society that has enough confidence and trust to acknowledge humanity’s most innate principle: basic goodness.

Sounds like the types of things Justice Ginsburg was passionate about.

k.d.lang came out in 1992. As a result, some radio stations stopped playing her music. (I read there was a protest against her at the 1992 Grammy Awards, but I have had difficulty verifying.) Justice Ginsburg was a champion for LGBTQ rights in this country. She was the first Supreme Court Justice to conduct a same sex marriage. I find parallels here.

Constant Craving
lyrics from Songfacts.com

Even through the darkest phase
Be it thick or thin
Always someone marches brave
Here beneath my skin

Constant craving
Has always been

Maybe a great magnet pulls
All souls towards truth
Or maybe it is life itself
That feeds wisdom
To its youth

Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been

Constant craving
Has always been
Constant craving
Has always been

Craving
Ah ha
Constant craving
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been
Has always been


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