There are certain songs that just resonate with you. Whether that song recreates a moment in time or is just one that you really like, these songs are the songs that helped create the person you are and were a constant companion in the journey called life.

Today we continue exploring those songs in my life and what they mean to me.   This is Those Certain Songs. Today, it’s just Overkill.

The Song:

Title: Overkill (Acoustic Version)

Artist: Colin Hay

Album: Man @ Work

The Lyrics:

I can’t get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications
Especially at night
I worry over situations
I know will be alright
Perhaps it’s just imagination
Day after day it reappears
Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear
Ghosts appear and fade away
Alone between the sheets
Only brings exasperation
It’s time to walk the streets
Smell the desperation
At least there’s pretty lights
And though there’s little variation
It nullifies the night
From overkill
Day after day it reappears
Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear
Ghosts appear and fade away
Come back another day
I can’t get to sleep
I think about the implications
Of diving in too deep
And possibly the complications
Especially at night
I worry over situations that
I know will be alright
It’s just overkill
Day after day it reappears
Night after night my heartbeat shows the fear
Ghosts appear and fade away

What it means to me:

Anyone who grew up in the 80’s and 90’s are familiar with Men at Work and their hit songs, Down Under and Overkill.   These guys were everywhere back then and then just kind of faded away.  Fast forward to 2002 and lead singer Colin Hay would make a short come back via the most unlikely of places, a tv series called Scrubs.

I had loved Men at Work for as long as I could remember.  While I was much more familiar with their hit songs, I still found their tunes to be delightful and pretty deep when you got down to it.  Overkill had always been a favorite of mine but I never fully realized just how impactful it was until I heard Colin Hay sing this stripped down acoustic version.  There is a subtle magic in both his guitar picking and his soulfull voice that just fills me with a sense of calm and appreciation for what he is trying to say.

What is that exactly?  Well, to me, a person who suffers from Anxiety and Depression, it is about those quiet nights where all of your fears and anxieties just keep you from falling asleep.  While you know, deep in your heart, that your fears are probably unfounded, there are nights that the demons in your head just will not stop.  Sometimes they tell you how useless you think you are, or they tell you you messed something up that day that will destroy everything you built for yourself and your family.  Other times they remind you of something that happened years ago and cause you to relive that single moment of fear, embarrassment or  even sorrow.  Sometimes it’s a simple matter of ‘did I lock the door?’ or ‘did I send that email?’.  No matter what it is, your mind likes to screw with you sometimes and the only way you can put an end to it is to remind yourself that it is indeed, just Overkill.

That is exactly what this song reminds me.  That, no matter how many things I am stressing about, no matter how many worries I may have, much of those things that keep me up at night are just in my head.  One of my favorite quotes is ‘Worrying is a misuse of your Imagination’.  I am not sure who said it, but it is so very true.  Worrying is just making up things that might happen, not necessarily things that will happen.  Now, I am not saying don’t get yourself mentally prepared for the worst case scenario, but worrying about it, well, why worry about things that are really only in your head…right?  Fat luck telling myself that but hey, it’s a good thought.

Colin Hay is an incredible singer songwriter and, man I highly recommend his work, especially his solo albums.  You can find this album here with an incredible acoustic version of Down Under as well.  They guy is legit, give him a go, you might find a certain song in his discography for yourself.

Late To The Game 4/18/2020


Thanks for reading, I hope you enjoyed  Those Certain Songs.  If you would like to read more about music you can find my Music Reviews Here.

Additionally, I have a weekly series called Key Movies Of My Life that comes out every Thursday and also check out some retro tv goodness with the ongoing series Retro TV Reviews. 

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