Nope. This post isn’t about my cat named Albatross. It’s about another Bastille song. “Another one???” Yes, another one. Haven’t I told you that their album is unreal??? It’s unreal.

So. The song Weight of Living, Pt. I is another song about letting go. Read these lyrics.

There’s an albatross around your neck,
All the things you’ve said,
and the things you’ve done,
Can you carry it with no regrets,
Can you stand the person you’ve become,
Ooh there’s a light [x2]

[CHORUS]
Your Albatross, let it go, let it go,
Your Albatross shoot it down, shoot it down
When you just can’t shake
The heavy weight of living

Stepping forward out into the day
Shrugging off the dust and memory
Though it’s soaring still above your head
It is out of sight and none shall see
Oooh there’s a light [x2]

[CHORUS]
Your Albatross, let it go, let it go,
Your Albatross shoot it down, shoot it down
When you just can’t shake
The heavy weight of living
When you just can’t seem to shake
The heavy weight of Living

It’s the sun in your eyes, in your eyes [x4]

[CHORUS]
Your Albatross, let it go, let it go,
Your Albatross shoot it down, shoot it down
When you just can’t shake
The heavy weight of living
When you just can’t seem to shake
The heavy weight of Living

The Weight of Living [x4]

So what does this even mean? Well, albatross is a bird. But also it’s a metaphor – the Wikipedia definition is “The word albatross is sometimes used metaphorically to mean a psychological burden that feels like a curse.”

So obvi my albatross was letting go of my mom’s death defining me. And don’t these lyrics speak to that? Each line can have a connection to how my life was during that time. “It’s the sun in your eyes” – I wasn’t able to see the rest of my life when I still held onto my albatross.

But now even though that I have shot it down, I still have more albatrosses. Just because one of them was let go, it’s doesn’t mean that I am “cured”. We always have ways to better ourselves and grow and learn. But I think we each have that big one. The hardest one to let go, and we can’t move on until it’s soaring above our heads, but out of sight so none can see.

I needed to let go of my mom’s death so I can move on and start to better myself in other areas of my life. And I am excited and proud of myself to get to this point.

So what is your albatross? And what do you need to do so it is soaring above you?

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