Wow. I feel like I’ve bitten off a big topic today. But as The Fool would say, ‘Feel the fear and do it anyway.’ I usually try to steer clear of controversy but the Judgement card always brings out the heaviest subjects to deal with. And if this blog is to fulfill its mission to discuss all aspects of Tarot then occasionally I’m gonna have to stick my neck out. Gulp.
The idea for this post began when a rap song came on my car radio this afternoon. I maintain a strict diet of crap FM so usually the music just washes over me unregistered but this one grabbed my attention. It’s so beautiful. I’ve heard it a few times now and on each occasion been blown away a bit more by the sound and the sentiment.
The song is called ‘Same Love’ and is sung by Macklemore and Mary Lambert. I’m going to print the lyrics in full here because I think you need to read them to understand my strong reaction. The words are powerful. A man sings the verses and a woman the chorus.
Him: When I was in the third grade I thought that I was gay. ‘Cause I could draw, my uncle was, and I kept my room straight. I told my mom tears rushing down my face. She’s like “Ben you’ve loved girls since before pre-k tripping,” Yeah, I guess she had a point, didn’t she? Bunch of stereotypes all in my head. I remember doing the math like, “Yeah, I’m good at little league” A preconceived idea of what it all meant. For those that liked the same sex. Had the characteristics. The right wing conservatives think it’s a decision. And you can be cured with some treatment and religion. Man made rewiring of a predisposition. Playing god, aw nah here we go. America the brave still fears what we don’t know. And god loves all his children, is somehow forgotten. But we paraphrase a book written thirty-five-hundred years ago. I don’t know.
Her: (Chorus) And I can’t change. Even if I tried. Even if I wanted to. I can’t change. Even if I try. Even if I wanted to. My love my love my love. She keeps me warm.