Going on


This post is dedicated to A. Pittkowski, who was disappointed in a two day hiatus of updates. Thank you for caring, and if you are the only one that continues to read, I’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. However, that being said… Shut the f&*# up, Pitt – you’re out of your element. The world doesn’t start and stop at your convenience.

So…. ‘Kowski told me to listen to the new Gnarls Barkley album, The Odd Couple, which I was doing while reading some new job materials. Great suggestion. (Who’s Gonna Save my Soul?, Going On, and Surprise are my fav’s right now. Mr. Lo and Mr. Mouse really have a way to sooth the soul)

As I looked up to think of a blog topic, I see the above viewpoint from my Starbucks patio chair. The orange and blue boxes in the background say “Truths” and “Lies”, which is part of a public art project in Indianapolis. It’s done by an artist named Jamie Pawlus.

Now, I’ve lived in this area for 2+ years, and walk by this piece on a daily basis. I’ve always liked it, but could never quite put my finger on why. It has a subtlety that is so fitting. It takes a fairly complicated topic (lies, truth, deceit, betrayal, doubt, regret, etc.) and simplifies it to “drop boxes”. Although, when you step back for a second, that simple idea makes so much sense. The birth of a lie happens in a split second (drop in the box)…. The line between a truth and a lie can be very thin (Truth/Lies boxes side-by-side)…. Once the lie has been committed, it’s hard to get back (can’t reach your hand down the drop slot)…. and you wish you could just open up both boxes and see their unbiased, raw contents. But you can’t. The painful part is not knowing in which box something falls. And the fact that you may never know.

Now Jamie just needs to put a “Half-Truths” box in the middle to make it more real…..

Until then, I’ll continue to sit here in the crisp March weather, observing the lady walk her abnormally large dog, outdoor mall-rats Dan & Mark strike up conversation, the spanish-speaking crew to my left sipping coffee and listen to Going On, and keep… well, going on.

Going On
I’ve seen it with my own eyes
How we’re gettin’ otherwise
Without the luxury of leavin’
The touch and feeling of free is
Untangible technically
Something you’ve got to believe in
Connect the cause and effect
One foot in front of the next
This is the start of a journey.
And my mind is already gone
And though there are other unknowns
Somehow this doesn’t concern me.

And you can stand right there if you want
But I’m going on
And I’m prepared to go it alone
I’m going on
To a place in the sun that’s nice and warm
I’m going on
And I’m sure they’ll have a place for you too oohoohoo

Anyone that needs what they want, and doesn’t want what they need
I want nothing to do with
And to do what I want
And to do what I please
Is first of my to-do list
But every once in a while I think about her smile
One of the few things I do miss
But baby I‘ve to go
Baby I’ve got to know
Baby I’ve got to prove it

And I’ll see you when you get there
But I’m going on
And I’m prepared to go it alone
I’m going on
May my love lift you up to the place you belong
I’m going on
And I promise I’ll be waiting for you oohoohoo

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2 Responses to “Going on”


  1. 1 RR 03/27/2008 at 9:28 am

    …and the irony is ‘don’t the Truth set ya free?’

    How could you just ‘drop it in a box’?

    hmmmmm…..

    art n sh*t is cool.

  2. 2 APeazy 03/27/2008 at 10:40 am

    Truth is beautiful, without doubt; but so are lies.
    -Ralph Waldo Emerson


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