Soldier of Fortune

Friday, March 31, 2017



I know that people believe what they want to believe. And I want to believe that people are actually meant to be a wanderer. I believe that human being was sent to live in this Earth to learn; learn about life and their existence in it. And in order to fulfill that purpose, we have to wander. Whether we wander psychically or psychologically, whether it is our body or our mind, we have to wander. In my humble opinion, we need to learn thoroughly about a thing, and it is better to understand thoroughly about something rather than understand partly about everything. I know that as a human being we have some limits regarding to our capacity to think and keep things in mind. However, the very least (yet also the best) that we can do is being humble about it. Hence it is better if we know thoroughly about something rather than knowing only a little part of so many things. Perhaps that is why people say that thinkers and learners are lonely. Well, that is alright. Since I can reassure you, if you are thinker and learner, believe me, you are not alone. I guess we are all soldiers of fortune; and by that I mean is that we are all lonely traveler and mercenary of life.

Many times I’ve been a traveler, I looked for something new. In days of old when nights were cold, I wandered without you.” –Deep Purple, Soldier of Fortune

The song I would like to write about this time is titled “Soldier of Fortune”, performed by the legendary English hard rock band, Deep Purple. This song a blues rock ballad was written by David Coverdale and Ritchie Blackmore and originally released on November 1974 as a part of the band’s ninth studio album, “Stormbringer”. Though Deep Purple has never released the song as a single and it has never placed on the record charts, it has developed a cult following over the years, and cover versions have been released by many artists. The term used for the title, Soldier of Fortune, could be interpreted in many ways ranging from adventurer to mercenary. I personally interpret it as a wanderer in the context of the song’s lyrics.


"Stormbringer" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Some people choose to be alone because they are afraid of being hurt. Some people choose to go on their own because they are tired of having their expectation broken. Some people choose to do a single fight because they have lost their trust towards others. However, no matter how tough we are as we have been taught by loneliness, at some point we would eventually long for someone to hold on to. No matter how strong we are as we have been taught by the lesson, at some point we would eventually crave for something to warm our heart and soul. No matter how great we are as a single fighter, at some point we would eventually need someone to love. No matter how far we have gone along the journey, we would eventually need someone to stay and settle down with. We would eventually need someone to accompany us. “I have often told you stories about the way I lived the life of a drifter; waiting for the day when I’d take your hand and sing you songs then maybe you would say, come lay with me, love me, and I would surely stay.”
Some people were born to be a thinker, a philosopher, and a wanderer. The more people think, the more they feel lonely. The more people wander, the more they feel lonely. Since the more they discover, the more they realize that they have nothing. The more they open their horizon, the more they realize that they are just a speck of dust within the galaxy. Hence they feel lonelier. People can be a thinker, a philosopher, and a wanderer, but they cannot deny that there is this hole inside their heart that cannot be filled with anything they have found along the journey. They cannot avoid that there is something missing inside their lost soul. No matter how far we have been traveled, we would eventually long for home. And yes, we travel far enough only to know that we belong to home. “Many times I’ve been a traveler, I looked for something new. In days of old when nights were cold, I wandered without you. But those days I thought my eyes had seen you standing near. Though blindness is confusing, it shows that you’re not here.”
And they say that people get lonelier as they get older. As we get older, we would realize that things have already changed from the way things before. And ironically, at the same time we would probably find that we are the only one who has not changed at all. As we get older, we would realize that things are different now from the way things used to be. And ironically, at the same time we would feel that we are the only one who stays the same. Hence we would feel lonelier when we got older. “Now I feel I’m growing older, and the songs that I have sung echo in the distance, like the sound of a windmill going ‘round. I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune.” As we get older, we would realize that things have passed and are in the past now. And ironically, at the same time we would find ourselves living in the past as we keep on reminiscing on it. Hence we realize that we never changed. We are always this wanderer longing for home. “Yes, I can hear the sound of a windmill going ‘round. I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune.”


"Deepest Purple: The Very Best of Deep Purple" album cover | source: en.wikipedia.org

Human being is a lonely wanderer on Earth. They were born. They learn as they grow up. They keep learning when they are grown-ups. They always learn even when they are old. That is the way they have to be. And I believe that it is the way they must be. I believe that human being was sent to this Earth to learn and never stop learning. And though they are alone in this world, they are never actually all alone. Every each of us is alone. Hence all of us are not alone. Though we are a soldier of fortune, we are all an army of fortune. Of course it feels melancholy to find ourselves getting older as we reflect all of the things that we have been through in this life. And it feels heartfelt to find ourselves having been revolving in the process of getting old with all of the things that have ever happened to us. We will always be this human who has curiosity towards many things. We will always be this human who feels anxious and fears toward some things. We will always be this human who longs for something called home in our journey of life.

Now I feel I’m growing older, and the songs that I have sung echo in the distance, like the sound of a windmill going ‘round. I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune.” –Deep Purple, Soldier of Fortune




I have often told you stories about the way
I lived the life of a drifter, waiting for the day
When I’d take your hand and sing you songs then maybe you would say
Come lay with me, love me, and I would surely stay
But I feel I'm growing older, and the songs that I have sung
Echo in the distance, like the sound of a windmill going ‘round
I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune

Many times I’ve been a traveler, I looked for something new
In days of old when nights were cold, I wandered without you
But those days I thought my eyes had seen you standing near
Though blindness is confusing, it shows that you’re not here
Now I feel I’m growing older, and the songs that I have sung
Echo in the distance, like the sound of a windmill going ‘round
I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune
Yes, I can hear the sound of a windmill going ‘round
I guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune
Guess I’ll always be a soldier of fortune

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