Here’s to the ones that we got,
Cheers to the wish you were here but you’re not.
‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories
Of everything we’ve been through.
Toast to the ones here today,
Toast to the ones that we lost on the way.
‘Cause the drinks bring back all the memories,
And the memories bring back, memories bring back you.
‘Memories’ was written by Adam Levine of Maroon 5 in 2019 following the death of a personal friend. He says: ‘This song is for anyone who has ever experienced loss. In other words, this song is for all of us.’
It’s about memories of all who have been dear to us – those still with us, those we have lost… through circumstances or bereavement… particularly appropriate in these covid-days of separation and isolation.
There’s a time that I remember
When I did not know no pain,
When I believed in forever
And everything would stay the same.
Now my heart feel like December,
When somebody say your name.
‘Cause I can’t reach out to call you,
But I know I will one day…
Good memories – good times with good people who had a positive influence, bringing cheerfulness, gratitude and optimism.
Sad memories – people saying or doing things that have brought pain, mistakes, regrets, questions of ‘what if?’; life reaching breaking point…
Musing on: ‘Remember those earlier days when you received the light, when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.’ (Hebrews10:32)… We remember those who stood beside us and those who opposed us.
In this mixture of ‘everything we’ve been through’ we remember people who have influenced our lives – struggles, revelations, lessons learned, strength received, wisdom gained, wounds healed… Character is formed, we are who we are.
These memories bring ‘strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow’.
‘…And the memories bring back memories bring back you.’