“I Wish Heaven Had a Phone”

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As I have said on this blog before, I am a huge Audien fan. I recently went back through his songs, and I came across Heaven [Lenno Remix].

I do not hear the lyrics on the first couple of passes on a song. I listen mostly for the melody and then fill in the lyrical blanks down the line. However, for an incredibly happy and uplifting song, “Heaven” has the saddest lyrics. Here are the lyrics:

[Verse 1]
Miss the way it used to feel
Hurts so bad, I know it’s real
Don’t know what to do to make it stop
Waitin’ for the wound to heal
I don’t think it ever will
Call you, but I know you won’t pick up

[Pre-Chorus]
All I want is to hear your voice again
Ask you where you’ve been
Talk about nothin’
All I want is to hear your voice again
Are you listenin’?

[Chorus]
I wish Heaven had a phone
I’d call you every day; I’d call you every day
I wish Heaven had a phone
So I can hear you say “It’s gonna be okay”
I wish Heaven had a phone (I wish it did)
I wish Heaven had a phone

Now listen to the song. You will see the discrepancy between the melody and lyric of the song.

Never the less, how sad is that lyric, “wish Heaven had a phone?” A lot of songs talk about missing loved ones that pass. They mentioned that they wish that they could talk to those who are in Heaven. The medium of using a phone is what makes it so real for me. The fact that they are referencing a physical communication form just makes the rest of the lyric mean more.

That lyric makes more sense to me now more than ever. If you were to lose someone today, their phone would still work. You could always call them. They aren’t going to pick up, but their phone still works. Those who have passed still have all of their social media accounts. You could send them a DM, and they wouldn’t respond, but you could do it.

Having these “connections” with people makes it less real. It feels like they never really left. So when someone says, “I wish Heaven has a phone,” it just hits differently. It seems plausible.

These lyrics and this concept was the rabbit hole that I found myself sliding down earlier, which, in turn, lead to a moment of appreciation. I won’t sugar coat it, 2020 sucks. In my 24 years of life, I really can’t think of a worse time. 9/11 was horrible, but one event in 2001. The 07/08 recession was brutal, but we recovered. 2020 feels like a culmination of 24 years of bad luck and bad fortune packed into one year. There’s a “but” though. A big “but.” We are still alive.

2020 gave you every reason to wake up pissed off at the world. Nobody and I mean nobody, is going to bat an eye if you’re in a bad mood. It seems like everyone is perpetually in a bad mood. It makes sense. It does. But you still get to wake up in the morning. You are still alive to be in whatever mood you please.

In times like this, it is hard to look at the bright side. We forget to remember that we get to wake up every morning and live this life. Nobody said that life was going to be easy. We knew that it was going to get tough at some point. Well, 2020, is that point.

So, even though this has been the worst year in my lifetime, doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be grateful that we experienced it. I have learned so much more this year than I have in any other year. 2020 has forced me to focus on the critical things in life, cut out the excess, and enjoy life for all its blessings.

There is only one option; you have to live this life. You can’t fast forward. You can’t hide forever. You have to live this life. So take it at face value. Ya, it sucks. So what?

You have now survived a global pandemic, an economic downturn, social unrest, and whatever else 2020 threw at you. You will come out of this year stronger than ever before.

When you wake up tomorrow, take a moment to “smell the roses.” Your heart is still beating. You get an opportunity to make tomorrow whatever you want it to be. Try to look at the bright side of things. It could be a lot worse.

Be glad that you aren’t waiting for a phone call in Heaven.

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Jacob Wells

Jacob Wells

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