“See? It got you.”

Via Waylon Lewis
on Dec 4, 2011
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You know what’s wrong with you, Miss Whoever-you-are? You’re chicken. You’ve got no guts. You’re afraid to stick out your chin and say, “Okay, life’s a fact.” People do fall in love. People do belong to each other—because that’s the only chance anybody’s got for real happiness. You call yourself a free spirit, a “wild thing,” and you’re terrified somebody’s gonna stick you in a cage. Well baby, you’re already in that cage, you built it yourself. And it’s not bounded in the west by Tulip, Texas, or in the east by Somali-land—it’s wherever you go. Because no matter where you run, you just end up running into yourself.

I remembered this song, this morning. Hadn’t listened to it for a year, or so.

I didn’t love the movie…

but it always does remind me of this one girl I’ve known and loved, as a friend—I have no appetite, nor talent for chasing.


There’s a lot of truth to that last scene: Wherever you go, there you are.

But I’ve always loved the song.

Not so much this version:

But the classic, Mancini and Mercer:

I love it like Mr. Big loves it, but without the help of nostalgia or real memories…

I love to sing it to myself when I’m biking and it comes up in my silly head once a year, like clockwork. It came up this morning.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


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