Thursday, March 24, 2005

Shine your light

I watched Ladder 49 yesterday. It is about a Baltimore fire fighter played by Joaquin Phoenix. It is a very touching movie except for some goofy scenes that tried to portray the camaraderie of the fire fighters in the fire station. John Travolta plays the chief of the station and I have never heard of the rest of the star cast. The one thing that stands out in the movie is its sound track. There is this one song in particular 'Shine your light' by Robbie Robertson which was amazing. The lyrics were awesome.You need to know what happens in the movie to understand the meaning behind the song.
*SPOILER ALERT* As I consider all my readers to be too busy to watch movies Iam assuming that you are not going to watch the movie and so it is perfectly ok for me to tell you the movie's ending, in my effort to make you understand the significance of each and every line of this song. The fire fighter whose life is being chronicled in the movie dies in a rescue mission. He is being carried in a coffin to the cemetry and this song starts playing in the background. Here is how it goes

Artist: Robbie Robertson
Song: Shine Your Light


The cry of the city like a siren's song
Wailing over the rooftops the whole night long
Saw a shooting star like a diamond in the sky
Must be someone's soul passing by
These are the streets
Where we used to run where your Papa's from
These are the days
Where you become what you become
These are the streets
Where the story's told
The truth unfolds
Darkness settles in
Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so I can see
Shine your light when you're gone
Give me the strength
To carry on, carry on
Don't wanna be a hero
Just an everyday man
Trying to do the job the very best he can
But now it's like living on borrowed time
Out on the rim, over the line
Always tempting, fate, like a game of chance
Never wanna stick around to the very last dance
Sometimes I stumble and take a hard fall
Loose your grip off the wall
Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so I can see
Shine your light when you're gone
Give me the strength to carry on
Carry on
I thought I saw him walking by the side of the road
Maybe trying to find his way home
He's here but not here
He's gone but not gone
Just hope he knows if I get lost
Shine your light down on me
Lift me up so I can see
Shine your light when you're gone
Give me the strength to carry on
Carry on


Anonymous amber said...

ladder 49 is an awesome movie...watched it after my best friend/first love was killed in a car accident a couple months the end of that movie when the song came on i broke was such a touching song n the lyrics really struck deep.

1:52 PM  
Blogger pagala'k' said...

Sorry about the accident. Its a really touching song.

3:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i have watched ladder 49 a few times and i love it....i decided to watch it because my dad used to be a firefighter and he died in action....and after watching it i couldnt stop crying it touched me so much...the song "shine your light" really suits the seen...and its 1 of those songs you just cant get out of your head!!! sam age 14

10:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got done watching this movie again for the second time. But, it has been a while since I watched it the first time. Almost since it came out on video. Every time the ending part comes on with the coffin and the fire reminds me of a friend of our families who died in the action. In a very similar way. This song sinks deep and this is a very good movie.

10:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi im katie my cousin just died a couple of months ago and he was a fire-fighter he died of a tumor in his neck .The end of the movie was very deep the funeral scene was just like my cousins and every time i watch that part i cant help but break down.

2:28 PM  
Anonymous kyle said...

man i love ladder 49 im a fireman and u dont know what its like to be in that i may be a volenteer in a small comunty but u dont know what it is like to be in a fire the taught when ur in there is just un real wacth backdraft and ull under stand if u whact or wacthed backdraft write me an e mail a bout it at

10:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

katie if u come on this site agin e mail me at
i might know your cuz

10:11 PM  

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