Remembering Our Innocence — The Return

by Melody Jean

Return To Innocence Contemporary SeekerI went to sleep last night, and woke-up this morning with a song in my head – Return to Innocence by Enigma. You know what happens when a song takes residency in my head. Yes, I need to get it out. So here I write.

Return to Innocence – The Backgrounder

Return to Innocence took over the airwaves in the early-to-mid 90s. When I was in high school. Even then I found the song powerful, lyrical and sensual.

As teens do, I’d blast it from my car’s radio, cruise the roads of my hometown with the windows rolled-down, breeze blowing in my hair and belt out the melodic tune at the top of my voice.

Yes, I sang. Extremely unwell, but I sang this song (and many others) in the safety of my car <wink, wink>.

The song, in its hay day, mastered the top-40 securing the number one spot for weeks on end. With that, it found a place in my forever loved top 40.

It rented space in that sing-song place in my soul where only some songs go.

Dad Pulling My Chain (As Always)

If you know the song, you know that the chorus is comprised of a harmonious chanting of sorts.

I remember driving with my dad one day when he said to me the band Enigma is made up of Buddhist monks, hence the chanting. I responded, “Huh. You don’t say. Really? Unbelievable. I knew there was a deeper meaning to this song.”

He just smiled and laughed his hearty laugh. I asked what was so funny. He responded, “I was kidding Mel. They’re not monks.”

My Take on Return to Innocence – The Meaning Behind The Meaning

–> The Power of Love

If you listen to the words you’ll understand the higher calling. It’s about love and its powerful effect on our well-being and healing the world at large.

Love is our guide in the return trip back home. Back to truth, our true purpose, our higher selves.

–> Forgoing Destiny

Life is made up good times and wonderful moments, yet it’s not void of trials and tribulations.

On this rocky, beautiful road called life, at times, we lose pieces of ourselves along the way. We forget who we are.

We forgo destiny and get caught-up in the cares and expectations of other people. What they say we should do, or who we should be.

–> We Forget …

We forget to look into our hearts. Once we stray from our true intent it becomes increasingly difficult to remember how to return to ourselves. To find once again who we were intended to be.

Those pieces we lose become scattered and therefore more cumbersome to pick-up and put back together. We become hardened and, with that, frightened to appear weak.

We forgo our destiny, and skip the way of society. We dread crying and forget to laugh. We forget that both make us strong.

Sometimes we fall so far, that we become someone else entirely. Someone extremely different than the universe intended us to be.

–> Losing Melody Jean

Even in my teens I found solace in the lyrics of this song. Because even in my teens I felt at times that I was losing myself. I was losing me.

–> Remembering Who I Am

This song always offered me an opportunity to remember the lost elements, the Melody Jean adrift. And if for just a moment, I remembered who I was, and returned to innocence.

–> It’s Your Turn to Remember

Below are the lyrics and here is the link to the video on YouTube.

A Post Script

P.S. I write this with the memory of my high school friends in my heart — you’ll hold a special place there always.

Return To Innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence

Love – Devotion
Feeling – Emotion
Love – Devotion
Feeling – Emotion
Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny
Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence

Don’t care what people say
Follow just your own way, follow just your own way
Don’t give up, don’t give up
To return, to return to innocence.
If you want then laugh
If you must then cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny.

COPYRIGHT © Enigma

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike

God bless you. So amazing there is someone out there that did the same silly thing in HS and truly appreciates this piece for what it is. It transcends time and creates a sweet and painful nostalgia for me. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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Melody Jean

I loved this song, Mike. Still do. Something about it that it will always make is one of those songs. Thanks for sharing.

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