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Re: New Cd and new songs
In a message dated 3/29/2004 7:01:07 PM Eastern Standard Time,
Now someone please explain
RGLB to me. I can't seem to get into this song. It keeps reminding me of Pete
and his porno charge. Don't get me wrong, I stand behind him, but I don't
if I like the song. It's about Elvis? Explain to me the meaning he was trying
to get across.
As is the case with most of Pete's songs, this may be subject to
interpretation, but this song in particular hits the point pretty clearly I'd say.
It is about when he was a young lad and saw Elvis. Rock was young, rock was
vital and Elvis was "A Real Good Looking Boy" to the young Pete. He saw what
he wanted to be.
In an innocent and simple time when thoughts are pure, he looked at himself
in the mirror and liked what he saw. How precious this is!
Feeling good about who he was and being quite excited about his bright
future, he ran to tell his mom all about it; afterall, she is where he came from.
Then came her opinion.
Out of a careless remark came a "judgment" that changed the view he
previously held of himself. She called him ugly. She also said that he didn't really
look like "Elvis." Being his source, he took his mother's evaluation of
himself very seriously. This may have been mostly subconscious.
His mother lied to him and he was affected by it. She saw a superficial
outward fact, and seemingly had no love in her delivery of this "fact." What a
parent tells a child about themselves is critical.
There was a discrepancy between what he previously saw and what he now
heard. So he began a life of proving her wrong. He put his big nose in front of
the audience and made them like it. He was constantly proving his worth to
society. He entered a world where he was on stage. This world brought him into
worldwide fame and fortune where folks liked him for reasons that aren't even
natural. With this comes forces that many of us do not know. We do know that
he ended up becoming an alcoholic and a heroin addict. These, and many other
things he had to somehow "survive."
Somewhere along the way came the acceptance of his wife (or maybe present
girlfriend) that was a fragrance to him. Eventually according to the account of
the song, he realized that God had given Elvis a face. It was just a face;
something outward that many appreciate. But God had given him (Pete) something
above this. Something special. Something hidden to the natural eye, and
something very precious. God gave him "Grace." Grace is something that in the
definition I know, is the unstoppable force that is the antidote to the power of
sin. It is the sweet visitation of the source of our beauty. It is what God
gives to anyone that will take it. But to take it you have to first realize that
you need it. It is actually God Himself reaching man. I don't doubt that Pete
knew the meaning of this word, for the experience he speaks of in this song
matches the definition.
He also said that God gave to him "sweet sweet sweet Love." This is what is
the motive for giving the grace. Pete realized that God's love for him was
not based on his outward appearance, but on a subjective inward reality. This
resulted in the sweet fact that God's opinion overruled his own mother's
opinion of who he is. And now God made him feel like *he* is a real good looking
Because it is true.
Jon in Mi.