This particular song was written by George Harrison and is on the Beatles album ‘Let It Be.’ The title is “I Me Mine.”
The lyrics are very simple, yet signify our culture so well. They say…
“All through the day, I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
All through the night, I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
Now they’re frightened of leaving it
Everyone’s weaving it
Coming on strong all the time
All through the day, I me mine.”
The chorus is just those three words…
The next verse spoke to me because of where I have been. It says…
“All I can hear, I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
Even those tears, I me mine, I me mine, I me mine.
No-one’s frightened of playing it
Everyone’s saying it
Flowing more freely than wine.
All through the day, I me mine…”
When Harrison sings, “Even those tears, I me mine, I me mine, I me mine…” they speak to me because in the past I was seldom thinking of others than myself. So when I cried, which wasn’t often, I selfishly cried for me and not what someone else may be feeling.
What I get from the rest of the verse is no-one was frightened of playing the victim or playing the part of being hurt. Everyone is claiming to be hurt…and blaming others for the way they feel and those words flow more freely than wine.
That is so much our culture…that everything revolves around I, me, mine. Not taking responsibility for our own actions, but putting the blame elsewhere.
Praise God that I have experienced the changes He is making in me that allow me to focus not so much on me and my pain or circumstance, but the pains of others.
To me there are several great things about tears…they are cleansing…refreshing…relieving. And David says to God in Psalm 56:8
You keep track of all my sorrows.
You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
You have recorded each one in your book.
I pray that we as a society can get off the I Me Mine and get closer to You Them They. May 2011 be a year focused on others for all of us.