We Don’t Need Words to Understand Each Other

Well hello there! Isn’t this a pleasant surprise? After our last encounter I naturally assumed you’d moved on to more fulfilling pursuits, but I can’t tell you how pleased I am that you decided to return. As always, my innate sense of decorum precludes me from speculating on your reasons for doing so, considering the frustratingly hollow nature of a post such as this one. To do so would be as futile as the very post itself, for as we both know, you are still reading it. Why concern ourselves with your motivations, knowing that neither of us will ever discover them?

I can say with some degree of pride that, unlike last time, the purpose (such as it is) of this particular piece of mind-numbing drivel is not merely to provide myself with superficial optical comfort, but rather to ascertain whether or not Facebook Notes will properly import my blog entries. As you know, I would never be so callous as to fill this space with mere placeholder text, though I’m sure we’d both agree that a few paragraphs of “lorem ipsum” would be equally enlightening, perhaps even more so.

However worthless the above text may be, and no matter how much agony you must have experienced while reading it, the fact is, we are communicating. In the end, what does it matter what is said? What difference does it make whether I type this word or that one, when it is clear that you will read whatever words appear before your eyes, as you are right now?

Obviously, we don’t need words to understand each other.

We Don’t Need Words to Understand Each Other

I Ran (Away from Aliens)

One day when I was a young lad, I was sitting on the floor directly in front of the television, watching this cool new cable channel called “MTV”. Suddenly, white text in the lower left portion of the screen informed me that a music video for a song called “I Ran”, by A Flock of Seagulls, was about to play. I watched the video and instantly fell in love. My fondness for this pop masterpiece has never wained, and I currently have an mp3 version of it in my iTunes library.

It wasn’t until today, however, when I heard the song on Jack FM here in Buffalo, that I realized the true meaning of the song. All these years I’d been so captivated by the evocative electronic melody that I failed to grasp the (now quite obvious) context of the lyrics. It’s about abduction by aliens! Duh! This is not one of my zany interpretations–I subsequently discovered that the theme of the entire album is alien abduction. The lyrics are below. I don’t think any explanation is required.

“I Ran”, by A Flock of Seagulls

I walked along the avenue.
I never thought I’d meet a girl like you;
Meet a girl like you.
With auburn hair and tawny eyes;
The kind of eyes that hypnotize me through;
Hypnotize me through.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn’t get away.

A cloud appears above your head;
A beam of light comes shining down on you,
Shining down on you.
The cloud is moving nearer still.
Aurora borealis comes in view;
Aurora comes in view.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn’t get away.

Reached out a hand to touch your face;
You’re slowly disappearing from my view;
Disappearing from my view.
Reached out a hand to try again;
I’m floating in a beam of light with you;
A beam of light with you.

And I ran, I ran so far away.
I just ran, I ran all night and day.
I couldn’t get away.

I Ran (Away from Aliens)