This lyric is a gentle reminder to me that it's ok to be human.
"Sometimes, even music cannot substitute for tears"
- Paul Simon, The Cool, Cool River
, Rhythm of the Saints.
The power of music is strong. It's a fact. It's not always clear how or why these sounds affect us so much, but they do. People associate times and places in their lives with songs. They rejoice in amazement when a song expresses their feelings so well, where they've struggled to be so articulate. People feel the unspoken rhythms as their heartbeat.
And yet, they forget an important part in this relationship: themselves. They feel this reaction to music because those emotions are already inside them. Sometimes they need a little help to come to the surface, but that doesn't mean they are any less significant. Sometimes, people feel the need for music to accompany their emotions, as a way of feeling less alone or as a way of making the emotions feel less overwhelming.
But it's ok to feel these things for yourself and by yourself. It's ok to laugh because you find something funny, or to cry because you're hurting. It's ok to find a situation painful, or to admit that you love someone. These feelings are strong enough without the need for external stimuli, and they will come out if you let them. The power of human emotions is strong. And sometimes, even
music cannot substitute for tears.