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Twentysomething Lament

Jamie Cullum Twentysomething
I wonder how Boundless readers feel about the song Twentysomething by Jamie Cullum.

After seeing Suzanne’s post that mentioned the song “Single,” I wonder how Boundless readers feel about the song Twentysomething by Jamie Cullum.

This jazzy lounge tune from a couple of years ago has a lot of the retrospection that has come to characterize a decade of life in which opportunities seem simultaneously intriguing and empty. Here are some of the more telling lyrics:

Maybe I’ll go traveling for a year,
finding myself or start a career.
I could work for the poor though I’m hungry for fame
we all seem so different but we’re just the same.

Maybe I’ll go to the gym, so I don’t get fat,
aren’t things more easy with a tight six pack?
Who knows the answers? Who do you trust?
I can’t even separate love from lust.

Maybe I’ll just fall in love that could solve it all,
philosophers say that that’s enough,
there surely must be more.

Love ain’t the answer nor is work,
the truth eludes me so much it hurts.
But I’m still having fun and I guess that’s the key,
I’m a twenty something and I’ll keep being me.

Do you resonate with these lyrics? When you read or hear them do you think “yeah, I can relate” or “no, but I have friends like that”?

Copyright 2006 Steve Watters. All rights reserved.

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Steve Watters

Steve Watters is the vice president of communications at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary where he is also a student. Steve and his wife, Candice, were the founders of Boundless, and Steve served as the director of young adults at Focus on the Family for several years before leaving for seminary.


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