Posted by : foongpc | Wednesday, October 1, 2008 | Published in


I stumbled upon this song called "Affirmation" sung by Darren Hayes of the now defunct Australian pop duo "Savage Garden"

This song is taken from their second album of the same title released in 1999.

Some people find this song inspirational. Many find that the song strikes a chord in them. However, there are others who don't quite agree with the ideals promoted in the song.

What about you? Do you agree with these affirmations and find them inspiring?

I believe the sun should never set upon an argument
I believe we place our happiness in other people's hands
I believe that junk food tastes so good because it's bad for you
I believe your parents did the best job they knew how to do
I believe that beauty magazines promote low self esteem
I believe I'm loved when I'm completely by myself alone

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe you can't control or choose your sexuality
I believe that trust is more important than monogamy
I believe that your most attractive features are your heart and soul
I believe that family is worth more than money or gold
I believe the struggle for financial freedom is unfair
I believe the only ones who disagree are millionaires

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

I believe forgiveness is the key to your unhappiness
I believe that wedded bliss negates the need to be undressed
I believe that God does not endorse TV evangelists
I believe in love surviving death into eternity

I believe in Karma what you give is what you get returned
I believe you can't appreciate real love until you've been burned
I believe the grass is no more greener on the other side
I believe you don't know what you've got until you say goodbye

(20) Comments

  1. synical said...

    OMG - it's been AGES since I last heard this song (it's not played on the radio as often as THAT other song)... Dang, I miss Savage Garden.

    Speaking of Darren Hayes, I've not heard his solo stuff since his first one. Should look into it again.

    Anyways, to answer your question - the affirmations are idealistic at best. For this cynic to find it inspiring is a little hard.

    October 1, 2008 at 11:32 AM
  2. HappySurfer said...

    To me, affirmations are very individual, very personal, very relative to the person. We all have different experiences, different preferences, difference ideals, etc., so what one person affirms may not necessarily be the same as the next person's.

    The beauty of lyrics (and Savage Garden has great romantic, real, and sensual lyrics) is actually reflecting the lyricist's life experiences and mood of the moment. "Insatiable" and "To the moon and back" are two of my favorites.

    I'm with some of the affirmations here, such as the bit on Karma and real love, just to name two. Some, I don't quite agree, but then again, we are all entitled to our opinions and affirmations and not everyone has to agree to them. And lyricists have this artistic outlet to vent their emotions, maybe to inspire, if you will, just like writers.

    Are gay people more lyrical? hmm.. Darren Hayes is gay, but you already knew that, right?

    October 1, 2008 at 3:44 PM
  3. Anonymous

    I listen to those songs from Savage Garden during my secondary school time, I guess.. Long long time ago lol~

    October 1, 2008 at 6:36 PM
  4. Mariuca said...

    Hi Foong! I think I still like their Truly, Madly Deeply song the best he he...enjoying ur Raya break? :)

    October 1, 2008 at 7:05 PM
  5. Bengbeng said...

    i used to like their songs . but this time when i hear it again after such a long tie, the magic seems to have gone a little. the lyrics are great as prose of coz..mayb in BM we can call the song 'ketinggalan'? anyway tat is jus an opinion :)

    October 1, 2008 at 9:39 PM
  6. lina said...

    what happen to your lunch at Shang post?

    Loved Savage Garden, but been ages since I heard their song.

    I both agree and disagree with the song. Contradiction? That's life is all about! :D
    But it's good to be idealistic, sometimes. Not all the time, otherwise - so "poyo". Hehehe...

    October 2, 2008 at 12:30 AM
  7. foongpc said...

    synical, haha! ever the cynic! : )

    happysurfer, yes I agree everyone has his or her own experiences. So everyone is entitled to his or her own opinion.
    As for gay people being more lyrical, I really don't know. I guess you can't generalise like that. But yes,I know Darren Hayes is gay.

    keeyit, yes it's like close to 10 years ago! : )

    October 2, 2008 at 1:36 AM
  8. foongpc said...

    mariuca, I like that song too! Oh, I'm loving every minute of my Raya break, thank you very much! : )

    bengbeng, well the song is almost 10 years old. Of course will sound "ketinggalan" but surprisingly Mariah carey's old songs from 10 years ago still sound good today. Either I'm a huge fan of her or she really writes good timeless music!

    lina, hehe. The Shang post is supposed to be for next week. It wasn't finished yet. I "terpress" the "publish post" button so had to take it out. Didn't know you saw it. Read it next week - will be out by Monday, hopefully : )

    October 2, 2008 at 1:45 AM
  9. sean tan said...

    favourite song! love it especially when it plays in gym and u runnin like pig..

    October 2, 2008 at 9:46 AM
  10. eiling lim said...

    hey I used to like them too. Recently I've heard some of their old hits being played in MixFM. cheers

    October 2, 2008 at 12:01 PM
  11. eastcoastlife said...

    Oh gosh. *blush blush*

    I don't listen to music :P
    But I like the lyrics...

    October 2, 2008 at 2:45 PM
  12. Mariuca said...

    He he, really Foong? Some more that song got old love story behind it for me lolz! ;)

    October 2, 2008 at 6:03 PM
  13. LifeRamblings said...

    Affirmation is one of my favourite hits of all time mainly because it is beautiful and inspiring. I used to listen to this song regularly as it cheers me up when i feel low.

    October 2, 2008 at 10:41 PM
  14. foongpc said...

    sean, which gym you go to? Mine only play the latest current hits, mostly hip hop and R&B stuffs.

    eiling, yeah, their songs are nice. Wonder why they stop singing?

    eastcoastlife, you don't listen to music? I know why, you are busy watching TV and blogging. LOL

    October 2, 2008 at 11:48 PM
  15. foongpc said...

    mariuca, pls tell me about your old love story behind the song : )

    life ramblings, wow! Didn't know this song gives you inspiration and cheers you up. Good for you! : )

    October 2, 2008 at 11:50 PM
  16. Tekkaus said...

    I still prefer their songs from the 1st album. Affirmation just don't have the same kick as the 1st one. Nonetheless is a worthy song! ;)

    October 3, 2008 at 12:28 AM
  17. acura said...

    Savage Garden! You really brought back some memories for me Foong. I used to listen to them alot. The affirmations are subjective but at least it reflects their thoughts. It appeals to the idealist in me ^~^

    October 3, 2008 at 7:43 PM
  18. foongpc said...

    tekkaus, yes I agree their first album is better. I do not really like this song, but just thought that the lyrics are pretty good! : )

    acura, so you are a Savage Garden fan too? : )

    October 3, 2008 at 9:33 PM
  19. Faisal Admar said...

    i love insatiable by darren hayes! btw, i heard that they were lover and broke up! same went with the band then.

    October 16, 2008 at 1:35 AM
  20. foongpc said...

    faisal admar, I heard about that too. But not sure the band broke up because of their personal relationships or some other reason.

    October 16, 2008 at 11:21 PM