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May. 19th, 2010 @ 08:52 am I'd Rather Be Different Than Be The Same
At the risk of revealing my true age, I must say that I am a longtime fan of "Mama" Cass Elliott (she late of the 60s musical pop family, The Mamas and the Papas) . I am also a longtime fan of the old Saturday morning live-action fantasy show H.R. Pufnstuf from the wonderfully-warped-and-obviously-pharmaceutically-altered minds of the deliciously-but-mostly-benignly-demented duo of brothers, Sid & Marty Krofft. I loved all their live-action Saturday morning stuff: The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Sigmund & The Sea Monsters, and Land of The Lost (BTW, even all these years later, the Sleestak still freak me out, but I kept watching every Saturday...actually, I think it was because I had a crush on the character Will played my Wesley Eure, who--as it turned out--is also gay! Obviously, that cutie Will trumped the scary Sleestak for me! :-)...but I digress....

I was perusing YouTube, as I apt to do from time to time, looking up songs by Mama Cass, and I found a video clip of a song I had never heard before. A new Mama Cass song for me to experience was wonderful enough by itself, but to know that she did it dressed as a witch for a Krofft Brothers show just made it too, too delicious to pass up. And, as if those two facts weren't enough, the song our Ms. Elliott sang (whose character name was not as inventive as I might have hoped: Witch Hazel) was called "Different". I have included the YouTube clip below, as well as the lyrics to the song.

It seemed to me quite appropriate for a song whose lyrics include the stanza below to be posted in a group like this, for people like us, who know that, as difficult as it is to be "different" in this world, it's worth every single sling & arrow just to be--to borrow Witch Hazel's words--"true to yourself", and to come to realize that there are (again to quote Witch Hazel) others like me:

Wonder no longer, together we're stronger.
It's not so bad to be different,
be true to yourself -
that's what you must be!


Amen, my Sister!

Sing it to us:



Lyrics

When I was smaller, and people were taller,
I realized that I was different,
I had a power that set me apart.

I learned to take it, to use it, to make it,
it's not so bad to be different -
to do your own thing
and do it with heart.

Different is hard,
different is lonely,
different is trouble, for you only.
Different is heartache,
different is pain,
but I'd rather be different than be the same!

At first I'd wonder, what hex I was under.
What did I do to be so different?
Then I discovered some others like me.

Wonder no longer, together we're stronger.
It's not so bad to be different,
be true to yourself -
that's what you must be!

Different is hard,
different is lonely,
different is trouble, for you only.
Different is heartache,
different is pain,
but I'd rather be different than be the same!
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misterc:
From:charsama
Date:May 19th, 2010 01:14 pm (UTC)
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Wow, those are some powerful lyrics there. They made me think back over how far I've come during everything.

And how true they are. :)
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From:misterc
Date:May 19th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
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Powerful lyrics. Very true. I'm sure you can see why I HAD to post this video!

I realize that we each have our own battles to face in this life; and that it's never easy being out of the "mainstream", but when we come to understand that there is really nothing of life in an existence which demands the intentional silencing of our hearts, we also come to understand that we must each find our own "mainstream".

I am not, nor have I ever been (nor will I ever be) a Mormon, but I recall one of their TV commercials from many years ago that was simply spot on. The voice in the commercial reminded parents: As you teach your child to love the world, teach him to love himself...that's where love REALLY begins!

I guess even the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can get it right every now & again! :-)