This song, where do I start? *laughs quietly*... This is a fairly new song for me. It is one of those Stevie Wonder songs that I never paid attention to. I have an ex who really loves Stevie and in conversation about love and heartbreak he suggested that I listen to the song. The Ex, like me, has a knack for being a little dramatic with his song choices so I knew it was going to be good, but not this good. Oh Stevie. He truly is the master of songs about love unrequited and getting dumped or should I say getting "dropped".
My first listen I rolled my eyes, my second listen I sympathized, and every listen after that just makes me smile. Is my heart cold? I mean, this man got dropped from about a half a mile from heaven and it makes me giggle. She took him up in her rocket and then dropped him. That's cold, right? *laughs*...Nah. You see, I had to look at the full picture. She sounds like a lovely woman, amazing really. She has her own rocket ship and sounds well traveled equipped with the knowledge on how to get to heaven. She is your typical Superwoman equipped with looks for all of Picaso's eras and moves with all of the grace of Bach's Sonatas. Intelligent, sweet, poetic, this lady is an angel. AH-MAY-ZING! So here is the thing, he got dropped, but if you listen closely, he didn't go empty handed. She gave him a star to keep him warm as he came back into the cold, cold world. This proves that she is also generous. This begs the question: What really happened? Where did the spark go?
Stevie says he doesn't know why it happened, but I'll tell you. This amazing woman liked a nice guy... the kind of nice guy who doesn't have his own rocket ship. He is great at complimenting and saying how wonderful she is, but doesn't seem to offer much except company. Here he is in her rocket and isn't offering rocket fuel?!?! What?! He isn't taking the wheel or rubbing her feet. Where is his Rocket? No one questions this except me?! It sounds like she is doing all of the work and he is just paying her compliments. Flattery doesn't fly rocket ships Stevie. The real problem is that she realized this a little late in the game. She realized she was on her way to heaven with a guy who hasn't developed himself. He wasn't ready for heaven yet. She has it going on, but she needs help, a real partner who has done the work and took the risks in learning how to fly. Heaven isn't her destination, it is a part of her journey. This guy clearly couldn't fly on his own and tried to hitch a ride. She looked at her fuel tank and saw that fuel was running out and she did the calculations and realized she needed to release some weight if she was going to make it to heaven. Sweetly, she found him a star to help keep him warm on his journey before she chucked the deuces to him. The result of this wise decision is this song.
Stevie sings he would not do what she did to a dog. She wouldn't either. She probably wished that she took a furry companion instead. After this song I hoped he took some time and gained some gratitude for what she did for him. Sure he didn't get to heaven, but she showed him the way and there are so many on the ground who haven't even come close.
Lesson: If you want to get to heaven and beyond, develop yourself. Don't put it all on someone else. Learn to fly your own rocket and meet that lovely someone in heaven. Your other option is find someone on ground and learn to fly together. No matter how you slice it, you will get there on love, but it begins in you. Oh and humor helps...it is like a turbo boost. :)