Sure there are lots of songs about infatuation & romance, getting rich, but every so often a song comes around that really moves me for some reason.
Made a wrong turn, Once or twice
Dug my way out, Blood and fire
Bad decisions, That’s alright
Welcome to my silly life, Mistreated, misplaced, missunderstood
Miss, no way it’s all good, It didn’t slow me down
Mistaken, Always second guessing
Underestimated, Look, I’m still around…
Pretty, pretty please, Don’t you ever, ever feel
Like you’re less than, less than perfect
Pretty, pretty please, If you ever, ever feel
Like you’re nothing, You are perfect to me
It just struck that me, that Pink being suck a successful rock start could/would pen a song like this. It was said that she penned this soon after she was pregnant (with her husband Cory Hart) with their first child, and was written in perspective of a parent to their child.
The video is also quick moving. I've link the 'clean' version here: Pink - Perfect (Clean Version)
For me, there are obviously a lot of songs with fairly trivial themes, but every so often there are some that are very moving. I could almost imagine this song sung from God/Jesus perspective, telling us that that to God, if we're "perfect", at least we're dying for "on a Cross". That although the world "mistreats, misplaces, misunderstands, mistakes" us, God loves us. (Hopefully that extends to our Christian brother & sisters also love us...)
I think a big pillar of Christian Evangelism is God's unconditional love and acceptance of us. There are so many in the world, marginalized, 'unpretty', 'unsuccessful', 'un-whatever'. I think that is something that Christianity can still offer that the world can't. Those 'feelings' of being along and unwanted seem almost timeless. So 'yes' Christianity may not be "in" right now, but I think the needs of the general society in fact not changed at all. If anything it's probably been even more exaggerated with Mass-Media advertising of super-models, eating disorders, cyber bullying and polarization between the rich & poor.
I'm praying that my local church can reach these people. Songs are a representation or reflection of society. If there are (young) people that emoting to these lyrics, then there must be a lot of hurt people out there would could use the 'unconditional' love of Christ (and hopefully the Christian community).
I think a few other very moving songs also seem echo the same sentiment:
Sum41 - Pieces (I tried to be perfect, But nothing was worth it, I don't believe it makes me real...)
Linkin Park - Numb (I'm tired of being what you want me to be, Feeling so faithless, lost under the surface...)
Anyone else out there moved lately by a modern secular song? Maybe something they heard on the radio? Why did it move you?