I heard this song recently.
Yes, it’s old, but it was new to me.
And it gave me hope.
The song is “Odds Are” by Barenaked Ladies.
The odds are that we
Will probably be
Odds are we’re gonna be alright
Odds are we’re gonna be alright tonight
I couldn’t help but wonder how this song had not become the anthem for the past two years of COVID.
Or, maybe it had, and I was just out of the loop?
Down the rabbit hole…
I Googled the lyrics and found the song. One thing led to another, as it so often does on the internet, and I found additional links as well:
Barenaked Ladies “Odds Are” Lyric Video (Same original song, but I like the graphics more than the official music video silliness.)
The COVID Mindset – Odds Are – BNL Cover by Willy G (Nice cover, and the first instance I found of someone presenting the song as a COVID anthem.)
Barenaked Ladies – Odds Are (SelfieCamJam) (They did a whole series of #SelfieCamJam #IsolateNotIsolated fund-raising recordings during COVID. I recognized several of the songs but couldn’t have told you before who sang them. Who knew I like the Barenaked Ladies?)
Then I hit the mother lode of feel-good songs:
How many of these songs do you know?
If I recognized most of them, you will too. The list includes “Odds Are”.
God helps those who help themselves
“Odds Are” could probably be interpreted by some to mean they don’t have to lift a finger (or get vaxxed, or wear a mask) to help things to be alright. But I don’t see it that way at all. It’s like the parable of the drowning man:
Man: “Why didn’t you deliver me from that flood?”
God: “What did you want from me? I sent you two boats and a helicopter.”
(Differing concepts of God notwithstanding.)
Don’t worry (but be prepared)
Another part of the song goes like this:
So get up, get up
No, it’s never gonna let up
So you might as well sing along.
If it’s not COVID, it’s gonna be something else. So you might as well learn some coping strategies, like being prepared for emergencies and difficult times.
The Barenaked Ladies — I didn’t even know the group was comprised of four now-middle-aged Canadian dudes, although it’s not like I’ve been imagining all these years that they were actual bare-naked ladies, either, lol — did not anticipate COVID when they wrote “Odds Are” any more than I did when I wrote the following blog posts.
The Worry Matrix: How to Decide What’s Worth Worrying About (It’s all about the odds.)
The more you can prepare for likely and inevitable circumstances — that is, short of spending your life obsessed with preparations — and focus on the things over which you have some control, the more you can free your mind from the form of mental clutter called worry. I have Girl Scouts (motto: Be Prepared) to thank for this mindset.
As I like to say:
Worrying is like praying for something you don’t want.
What is your favorite song (or saying) that makes you feel like you’re gonna be alright?
Please share it with us in the comments!
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