August 23, 2007
“A hundred years goes faster than you think. Don’t blink.” This is the sage advice given by a man on the television screen, being interviewed on his 102nd birthday. He’s asked to reveal the secret of life, apparently because he’s managed to live so long. We’re amazed by longevity, aren’t we? I think the wisdom in this song is that it takes the assumption that living for a long time is a blessing, and turns it on its head.
There’s a sad reality that this man is living. As he catalogs his life for the viewers at home, he mentions watching his “better half for fifty years” dying, and praying to God that he dies instead. Living the longest usually means losing the most. You’re left behind as the ones you love go on to the next world before you do, and all you’re left with are the memories that went by in the blink of an eye.
The songs I value the most, country or otherwise, are the ones that linger in my mind long after they’ve finished playing, making me think about the greater truths and examine my own life from a new perspective. This is one of them.
Listen: Don’t Blink