Affirmation is a song soaked with virtue signalling and moral exhibitionism, but to give credit where its due it was released long before these phrases became part of the popular vernacular. This Australian song by the pop duo Savage Garden hasn’t aged particularly well, but I was very fond of it when it came out. The single was most successful in the United Kingdom where it reached #8, becoming the duo’s fourth Top 10 hit. I remember it being played incessantly on the radio. When Savage Garden sung it at the closing ceremony of the 2000 Olympics ceremony in Sydney – I’m not gonna lie, I had goosebumps even if it was lip synced.
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
From Wikipedia: Affirmation is the second and final studio album by Australian pop duo Savage Garden. The album was released on 9 November 1999 by Columbia Records. It won the 2000 ARIA Music Award for Highest Selling Album….”Affirmation” was released as the fourth single from their second studio album of the same name….
The lyrics are a series of statements each starting with “I believe”, for instance: “I believe in Karma, what you give is what you get returned” and “I believe you can’t appreciate real love until you’ve been burned”. Darren Hayes has a teaching degree in early education and may have been strongly influenced in structuring the song lyrics in such a manner; by John Dewey’s seminal text on education “My Pedagogic Creed”; which also starts a new statement with “I believe”.
Another song from lead singer Darren Hayes which will feature in the music project is his fantastic cover of fellow Australian Delta Goodrum’s Lost Without You. I can’t watch that performance of him at the Arias without getting all glassy-eyed especially when they close-in on Delta’s reaction at the end.