Lyrics That Hit Us Hard

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  1. Mari North

    Mari North Very Well-Known Member
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    I started a thread yesterday in the reminiscences section for us to post our baby/kid pics. And I added a song to listen to while we're looking at each others' pictures. The song is Roy Clark's Yesterday When I Was Young. Well no, scratch that, Roy Clark performed it... songwriters were Herbert Kretzmer and Charles Aznavour.

    Anyhow, a few of the lines have wiggled their way into my spirit and are totally bothering me. I don't really think I should analyze why :rolleyes: but it reminded me once again, even though I'm in the music business myself, how very powerful our words can be.

    The words that got to me in this one: "I ran so fast that time and youth at last ran out, I never stopped to think what life was all about...." I'm not sure I ever heard a stronger way to describe that thing we all know as REGRET. :(

    What are some other lines in songs that packed a heck of a whopper punch for you like that one did for me?
     
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    One current song that hit home for me is Fight Song by Rachel Platten.
     
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    Oh, @Krissttina Isobe , that's very nice! I hadn't heard it before and I really like it! So... first time I've heard it but definitely not last.
     
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    I guess break-up songs always hit me hard, this one by Janis Ian affects me a lot.


    When Angels Cry
    (Janis Ian)
    Wait Your tired arms must rest
    Let this moment pass
    Wait until the morning
    Close your eyes and you will see
    Who you used to be
    Left without a warning
    Who knew one so big could grow so small
    Lighter than the writing on the wall
    When angels cry, can I stand by
    When stones weep, can my heart sleep
    Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
    Wish I'd never heard
    The power of a four letter word
    'Cause only love will matter in the end
    For a woman or a man
    What's the difference now
    Here we live with bottles
    And needles and truth
    Here is your living proof
    That death cannot be proud
    Some say it's a judgement on us all
    I can't believe that God could be that small
    When angels cry, can I stand by
    When stones weep, can my heart sleep
    Wish I'd never heard, wish I'd never heard
    Wish I'd never heard
    The power of a four letter word
    If ever was a rose that longed to bloom
    If ever was a heart that longed to fly
    If ever was an angel, it was you
    So close your eyes and say goodbye
    Goodbye
    When angels cry, I can't stand by
    When stones weep, I can't sleep
    Guess I've finally learned
    Guess I've finally learned
    Yes, I've finally learned
    That love is just a four letter word
    Hope is just a four letter word
     
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    Beautiful song, @Terry Page ... and thank you for adding the lyrics. Words... whether put into a song or not, can be so very powerful, can't they?

    How's the day going for you and Lisa? I hope it's been a great Friday!
     
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    My day is going well thank you, Lisa has been working all day and has just rang to say she is on the way home, I have cooked a veggie curry for dinner, a good start to the weekend.
     
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    This is the song that alway pulled me through whatever disaster I found myself in. This song always made me believe in the greatness of our Creator. When I listen to it, I feel hope and healing.

     
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    Beautiful song, @Ina I. Wonder I've always liked it, too, and it does indeed bring hope.

    "Just remember in the winter far beneath the bitter snow
    Lies the seed that with the sun's love, in the spring becomes the rose"

    For your table today, Ina...

    roses.jpg
     
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    Yes I always liked that song, never heard that version before :)
     
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    Another break up song that helped me was "Be On Your Way" by Dan Fogelberg I love this song



    Be on you way don't try to say
    That you love me still
    If we couldn't find the right dream by now
    Then we never will

    We paid our dues at the door
    And never once saw the stage
    We wrote our share of love's lore
    And never quite filled the page
    So be on your way

    Be on your way maybe someday
    We will meet again
    Try not to cry, tears make me think
    How it might have been

    We loved as strong as we could
    But love only got in our way
    We took our time to be free
    There's nothing much more to say
    But be on your way
     
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    Oh dear so many break ups so many songs, this one always brought me to tears, it still does

    You really shouldn't have started this thread @Mari North ;)


    Lyric:
    You called me from the room in your hotel
    All full of romance for someone that you met
    And telling me how sorry you were
    Leaving so soon

    And that you miss me sometimes
    When you're alone in your room
    Do I feel lonely too?

    You have no right to ask me how I feel
    You have no right to speak to me so kind
    I can't go on, just holding on to ties
    Now that we're living (living) separate lives

    Well I have learned to let you go
    And if you've lost your love for me
    Will you never let it show (never let it show)
    There was no way to compromise
    So now we're living (living) separate lives

    Ooh, it's so typical, love leads to isolation
    So you build that wall (build that wall)
    Yes, you build that wall
    And you make it stronger (build that wall)

    Well you have no right to ask me how I feel
    You have no right to speak to me so kind
    Someday I might (I might) find myself looking in your eyes
    But for now we'll go on living separate lives
    Yes for now we'll go on living separate lives
    Ah
    Separate lives
     
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    I suspect you're right there, @Terry Page ... it was originally for "regrets" like that thing I said about "running so fast that time and youth at last ran out" 'cause I was feeling old that day... but I didn't see it coming that it might turn into break up songs. And yes, I saw the wink and know you were teasing... but it's still something I try not to do to others since I'm usually such a stinkin' emotional mess myself. :)

    Sorry for those tears... it wasn't the intention to make any eyes wet here.

    sorry.jpg
     
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    When ol' Blue started to howl,
    And my mother-in-law scowled,
    I knew, somehow I done wrong.

    Naw, I just wrote that...........

    I'm not real prone toward heavy emotions when it comes to lyrics but each time I hear the words to the Star Spangled Banner I get pretty choked up.
    One other comes to mind are the lyrics to El-Shaddai. My absolute favorite lyrics in the world.
     
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    I love a good cry so no problems Mari, I guess there are lots of regrets in break ups, I always said I have no regrets in my life but I do have a few and one concerning my wife came up last night in a movie we watched "The Other Man"


    @Mari North
     
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    Think - Once You Understand. This was a song way back in the 60's and you know what....it is still a presence and a problem today. You just have to listen to the video. Listen to the words all the way to the end to really understand the implications and the full emotional effect that it will have on you. Oh and pass it around.



    Lyrics:
    Things get a little easier
    Once you understand
    Things get a little easier
    Once you understand...

    I'll be expecting you to
    Get a haircut by Friday
    (Forget it, Dad)
    (That won't change anything)
    Forget nothing, you'll do as I say
    As long as you're living in my house

    He knows I'm not feeling well
    And yet he doesn't take one
    Second out to help his mother
    His only concern is for himself

    (Come on, Ma)
    (What do you want from me)
    Don't argue with your mother
    Just shut up and listen

    But, Mom, all my
    Friends will be there
    (I said, no, you can't go)
    But why
    (I don't want you
    In that neighborhood)
    Why, what's wrong
    With that neighborhood
    (I don't like the kind of
    People living there)
    Why, what's wrong with them
    (Nevermind)
    (Some day, you'll thank me)

    Are you sure no one kept you
    Company tonight while
    You were babysitting
    (What's that supposed to mean)
    Just curious
    (Admit it, Mom, you don't trust me)

    Where are you going now
    (To my friend's house)
    Don't you have things
    To do in the house
    Don't you have any homework
    Why don't you sit down
    And read a book (oh, ma)

    Don't oh, Ma, me
    You're wasting your life
    Away with the foolish things
    (What are you talking about
    How about your bridge club
    And your ladies groups
    And your parties and
    Your daytime programs
    What about all that)
    That's different

    Ma, I'll be home at eleven
    (You better be home at ten or
    Don't bother to come home at all)

    When I was your age
    I was working twelve hours a day
    Six days a week helping to pay
    For the food and the rent
    (I don't understand, what's
    That got to do with me)
    If you can't figure that out
    For yourself, you're stupid

    Hey, Dad
    Did you see my new guitar
    I joined a group
    (Son, there's a little bit more
    To life than joining a group
    And playing the guitar)
    Yeah, Dad, what is there to life

    Mister Cook (yes)
    You have a son named Robert
    Robert Cook, age seventeen (yes)
    I'm sorry, Mister Cook
    You better come down
    To the station house
    You son is dead (dead, how)
    He died of an overdose (oh, God)
     
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