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New Song: The Genius of Howard Jones

Updated on January 24, 2012

“Love is what we are born with.  Fear is what we have learned here.  The spiritual journey is the unlearning of fear and the acceptance of love back into our hearts.”  --Marianne Williamson

“It is love alone that leads to right action.  What brings order in the world is to love and let love do what it will.”  --Jiddu Krishnamurti

Howard Jones’ “New Song” is a gift to society. It is a song of inspiration and hope. It challenges the way we see the world. Howard's song encourages us to keep an open mind. It also describes the importance of not following the crowd. The singer/songwriter also warns us about the cynical individuals as well as those that love doom and gloom. Let’s take a look at the first verse:

“I’ve been waiting for so long

To come here now and sing this song

Don’t be fooled by what you see

Don’t be fooled by what you hear”

The first two lines share Howard’s desire to help humanity. It is clear that Howard wants to share a very important message with us. In the third and forth lines, we are told that we should be careful in “what we see” and “hear.”

Just because something is shown on TV, or printed in a magazine or newspaper, does not mean it is necessarily true. We should check out all the facts. We should do our own research. We should also see if it resonates with our heart. Let’s move onto the second part of the first verse:

“This is a song to all my friends

They take the challenge to their hearts

Challenging preconceived ideas

Saying goodbye to long standing fears”

In the first line, Howard shares that this song is a gift to his friends. These individuals are not afraid of listening to their hearts. They understand that their heart holds wisdom. The third line, “Challenging preconceived idea” means that these individuals do not “jump to conclusions.” They listen to the whole story before making up their mind.

Those that have a "preconceived idea" pre-judge something without hearing the whole side.

The last line, “Saying goodbye to long standing fears” should not be taken lightly. It is one that we can all relate to. “Fear” has the capacity of hindering our development. It can stop us from following our dreams. It can stop us from living our full potential.

I find it amazing that many of our spiritual and religious teachings say that we should not give into fear, and yet we do. Why? Do we not know who we are?

We are powerful Creators: Our every thought is affecting and creating our world.

Howard Jones - New Song

Howard Jones - New Song (Live)

Now, let’s see what the chorus has to say:

“Don’t crack up

Bend your brain

See both sides

Throw off your mental chains”

The first line of the chorus “Don’t crack up” is self explanatory. It is clarified when you put it in context with the remaining lines. The second line is telling us to stretch our minds to new possibilities.

We often get so caught up in our own frame of reference that we fail to see that there are other possibilities to consider.

The third line speaks of the importance of considering other points of view. If we only think that what we have to say is important, then we block out the chance of hearing something that could enlighten us. The last line “Throw off your mental chains” could refer to a lot of things. It could refer to negative beliefs that we have about our self or others that stop us from living our full potential.

“I can’t do that. I’m not smart enough. I can’t do that. I’m a loser.”

It is very important to understand that these thoughts, if strongly believed, can become a self-fulfilling prophecy. The “mental chains” could also refer to a mind that is closed. This type of thinking doesn’t want to consider other points of view. On the other hand, an open mind is willing to consider other possibilities. This individual knows that there might be something important outside their frame of reference that could be of great importance. Let’s now move onto the second verse of the song:

“I don’t wanna be hip and cool

I don’t wanna play by the rules

Not under the thumb of the cynical few

Or laden down by the doom crew”

In the first line, I see a person that is confident in his or her identity. There is no need to be a slave to fashion, or having to buy all the latest toys and gadgets in order to keep up with the Jones. These individuals prefer to be themselves. I believe the second line has to do with not conforming to the rules of the status quo. It ties in with the first line.

The person that doesn’t follow the rules makes up his or her own mind.

These individuals are innovators. The second line is also referring to the third and forth lines. This person does not want to follow the philosophy of the cynics as well as the individuals that enjoy the “doom” scene. It is obvious that the cynic sees the glass as half empty. These individuals do not like positive people. Some get great satisfaction putting others down. The “doom crew,” as Howard calls it, sees a negative outcome. These individuals do not see the “silver lining.” They lack faith in a greater reality.

The "New Song” by Howard Jones is an invitation to the Self. Our Soul has been hungry for wisdom. In fact, this song speaks to the soul. It gives us permission to be our true Self, not the product of society. It asks us to listen to our hearts:

The heart knows things that the mind is not aware of.


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