Thursday, January 15, 2009

What Light

These lyrics from Wilco's "What Light," in their straightforward way, seem to express, from the artist's point of view, what I was trying to get at in an earlier post about authorial intentions:

And if the whole world's singing your songs
And all of your paintings have been hung
Just remember what was yours
Is everyone's from now on

Once you put something out into the world, it becomes everyone's, in the sense that everyone can make meaning of it, independent of your intentions.

The song continues:

And that's not wrong or right
But you can struggle with it all you like
You'll only get uptight

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