Thursday, May 23, 2013

Share Your Strength. What Songs Inspire You?

By Bob Carolla, NAMI Director of Media Relations

I always hesitate to write about music. It tends to date me. My kids roll their eyes whenever I mention the 1970s, let alone folk rock. In the car, there’s a constant battle over which radio stations or CDs to play.

Every now and then, however, there’s a song that resonates and bridges the generational divide. These days, the song is "Carry On" by the band fun. It strikes a chord somehow with teenage angst and inspires my own kids to rally forward.

If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound
Of your feet upon the ground
Carry on

“Carry On” strikes a chord in me as well, rooted in past battles with depression. Its message is an exhortation, a call to arms and an affirmation of faith. It also has caused me to remember the song that touched me when I was 16 years old—long before I learned that my moodiness was only a hint of worst things to come. Arlo Guthrie sang Somebody Turned on the Light, which is partly about coming of age in the tumultuous decade between 1961 and 1971.

When the world is wrong better right yourself
It'll make the dark clouds fly
Nobody tall can put out the lights
Just don't let the spirit die
If you never see the sun till '91
Don't you ever give up the fight
Sure be glad when you see the dawn
Somebody, somebody turns on the light
Somebody turns on the light.

Other songs reflect the same theme. In 2001, Gospel singer Yolanda Adams’ "Never Give Up"  was a call for personal perseverance, but also provided encouragement and hope to a stunned, grief-stricken nation after the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

An important distinction is that such songs are inspirational in nature, encouraging listeners to draw on inner strength. They don’t wallow in sadness or pain. I’ve always liked Gilbert O’Sullivan’s  “Alone Again (Naturally),” but face it, the fact that in the lyrics, he is on his way to throw himself off a tower doesn’t do much for inspiring a person to hold on.

From a biological perspective, music can calm stress and elevate mood by increasing levels of serotonin or dopamine in the brain. Music can literally lift and energize a person’s spirits, helping to overcome anxiety or depression.

Tunes and lyrics also stir memories. Music from a pleasurable time and place can therapeutically put people living with depression “back in touch” with important parts of themselves, helping to pull them out of isolation inside their own minds.

Thirty years ago, I was struggling with depression, unemployed and disconnected from most of my friends who lived in other cities. Turning points in my recovery came when a close college friends stopped for a night en route from Vermont to Michigan. As we talked into the night, he put one of my records on stereo—Abbey Road by the Beatles—which we had listened to many times together several years before. One song was particularly apt:

Here comes the sun
Here comes the sun, and I say
It's all right
Little darling
It's been a long, cold lonely winter
Little darling
It feels like years since it's been here

In that moment I realized that it had been over a year since I had listened to music for music’s sake. It had been part of my withdrawal from the world and suppression of my energy and strength.

Turning the music back on helped turn me back on.

It doesn’t matter what decade you’re from. Carry on. Don’t ever give up the fight.

Share your strength.

Tell us the songs that inspire you.

 

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

"Brave" by Sara Bareilles

This song is really inspiring for facing Anxiety, especially social anxiety.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QUQsqBqxoR4

Anonymous said...

Three Little Birds, Bob Marley

Eileen S. said...

Songs that inspire me when I'm down: "You Raise Me Up" (Josh Groban), "Don't Stop Believin' (Journey), "Let It Be" (The Beatles)

thmnskr said...

http://youtu.be/LuGJEB35y68
This song keeps me going. Jason Moon, Hold on

Anonymous said...

I've Got A Name - Jim Croce

With what I've endured, this song just seems to kind of simplify things, and puts life back into proper perspective.

Anonymous said...

Hang On, Guster
Swim, Jack's Mannequin

Fortune said...

I love "Reach" by Orleans from their Waking and Dreaming album: "you got to reach a little bit higher when the light within becomes a fire..." That really inspired me when i decided to go into the mental health field. Good for them!

Heather BR said...

"For My Brother" Blue October

Linda Hall said...

I was listening to and looking at the lyrics to Billy Joel's River of dreams. Then I wrote my own version about the Rivers of life. The words to his song is below. It makes mine make more sense if you don't know the words read his lyrics first.

Wooo hooo you gotta just jump in and swim it. Cross that wide river and grab the lost parts from the jungle on the opposite shore. Don't stay in the valley you will never make it to the river or to the other side. It isn't the promised land. It is "a land". You cross that land to another river. Don't hesitate just jump in and head for the next shore. Keep swimming and finding what you lost and moving on to the next river dive in and repeat. You find the good in the valleys jungles and deserts. You leave stuff in the river as it washes you and you come up for air. You keep kicking and swimming, searching and finding. Then you move on and jump in the next river. Each crossing gets easier until you get it down. Then you come to a wider river with a stronger current. You wade in this time learning some caution about just jumping in from getting your but kicked by previous rivers. You kick and swim, sometimes you feel like you will drown. So you kick harder. You make the opposite shore and keep on moving. You walk across the land and you get tired. You come to another river and you stop a moment, you take a breath and you dive in praying you have the strength to make it. Then you discover that you are stronger too. Not just the current is stronger but you are stronger. The river throws a few rapids in and you kick through them and bob up on the other shore. Sometimes you get out there in the middle and you don't know if you can make it. You don't know if you have the strength to kick. You think about just giving in. That is when you look around and see you are not alone. You give a few more kicks and you reach an angel that helps you to the next shore. You climb out and keep on going.



Copyright Linda Crowfoot 2008


In the middle of the night

I go walking in my sleep

From the mountains of faith

To the river so deep

I must be lookin' for something

Something sacred I lost

But the river is wide

And it's too hard to cross

even though I know the river is wide

I walk down every evening and stand on the shore

I try to cross to the opposite side

So I can finally find what I've been looking for

In the middle of the night

I go walking in my sleep

Through the valley of fear

To a river so deep

I've been searching for something

Taken out of my soul

Something I'd never lose

Something somebody stole

I don't know why I go walking at night

But now I'm tired and I don't want to walk anymore

I hope it doesn't take the rest of my life

Until I find what it is I've been looking for

(Two beat Pause)

In the middle of the night

I go walking in my sleep

Through the jungle of doubt

To the river so deep

I know I'm searching for something

Something so undefined

That it can only be seen

By the eyes of the blind

In the middle of the night (break)



I'm not sure about a life after this

God knows I've never been a spiritual man

Baptized by the fire, I wade into the river

That is runnin' to the promised land (Long Five beat Pause)



In the middle of the night

I go walking in my sleep

Through the desert of truth

To the river so deep

We all end in the ocean

We all start in the streams

We're all carried along

By the river of dreams

In the middle of the night

Anonymous said...

So true -- I too stopped listening to music as depression worsened. It brought up more emotion that I could handle. My brother wrote "I Hope You Dance", another life-affirming song; and my granddaughter's show choir used the theme of moving from uncertainty to joy, with "Carry On", "Life is a Highway", "Hey Jude/Let It Be" and "You Can't Stop the Beat". Music is good for the soul.

Noni said...

recently heard Jana Stanfield's "What would I do Today, if I was brave?". Tune Foolery and Jana Stanfield inspire me today!

Anonymous said...

My # 1 song is You Raised Me Up by Josh Groban

Title Unknown but lyric is I just want to celebrate another day of living

John Denver music, Sunshine on my shoulders always brighten's my mood.

MamaT Knitter said...

So true, Bob. I am sometimes totally transformed by a song that randomly pops onto the radio. With the kids I seem to have mutual "theme songs" we share - with the 22 year old it's the Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way." Can't hear it without thinking of preteen girls singing it at the top of their lungs in the back of my van, and it makes me remember when she was still a child. Anything by Jackson Browne takes me back to my own years of depression and the way his lyrics would give me some sort of hope or sense of purpose. Thanks for sharing this!

Anonymous said...

Very nice article. One song that comes to mind for me - is Valerie Carter's cover of 'Ooh Child'.
(It was also part of the soundtrack for the 1979 film, "Over the Edge".) I'm always amazed at how certain songs or music can have such a powerfully uplifting effect on a person's mood (especially when going through a rough period.) Thanks for writing about this topic.

Angela Marie said...

There are a few songs that inspire me:

1. Blackbird by The Beatles..."take these broken wings and learn to fly." This is exactly what I did last year. I dedicated my life to Recovery, a stay at McLean, a move 14 hours away to Boston and getting a full time job.

2. Fearless Love by Melissa Etheridge..."I want a fearless love, I won't settle for anything less." I want this for myself and I deserve it. This is what I need to remember through the hard times.

3. A New Day Has Come by Celine Dion..."Let the rain come down and wash away my tears. Let it fill my soul and drown my fears. Let it shatter the walls for a new sun. A new day has come." Everyday is a new chance. A chance to learn, grow, and move on in life and recovery. A new day to be thankful.

There are so many more but I feel these are the exact songs for my life.

Anonymous said...

I have struggled with many different mental illnesses, from depression to undiagnosed bi polar (which caused me to have delusions).

There are two songs that I can think of off the top of my head that have helped me deal with my struggles.

1. The World At Large by Modest Mouse

2. Lost in My Mind by The Head and The Heart

I hope someone reading this can find comfort in those songs. For me, realizing that others had the same symptoms and experiences I had helped me get through some of my darkest hours.

Heather Harper said...

Closer to fine - Indigo Girls; Heaven When We're Home - Wailin' Jennys, and Waking Dream - Dark Side of the Boob.

Ian Hartgrove said...

I have a good many that lift me but a few of the are: You Raise Me Up, Blessings, Cry Out To Jesus, Do I Make You Proud, and when I am extremely depressed I play the song How Do You Get That Lonely which makes me reminds me that I need to talk to people and let them know how I am feeling so I don't get worse. There are many others but those are the only ones I could think of.

Michelle Wampole said...

I have a couple of Barry Manilow songs that are my go to for positivity... I Made It Through The Rain (an anthem for survival in spite of odds and circumstances) and Come Monday (a song about taking control and making positive changes in your life... starting over).
But I also like to listen to Blue October, and love the songs Jump Rope and For My Brother.

Unknown said...

I've written an anti-stigma song that I hope provides people with mental illness some inspiration to live in the face of significant stigmatization. You can see a video of me performing the song live at the 2010 NAMI-VT Walks event here:

http://youtu.be/PX3wnP4tpxM

Here are the lyrics. If it helps even one person, I'll know I succeeded.

** I Refuse It **
It's not wrong if I can't improve
My thinking or my mood
If I'm crashing

It's not wrong to be ill
And have to take twenty pills
If I want treatment

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it

It's not wrong I was once in crisis
And I listened to my peers' advice
It made me safer

It's not wrong that I missed work
'Cause it kept me from being hurt
By this illness

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it

I refuse the myths and fables
I refuse insulting labels
I refuse the blame for violence
I refuse to be kept silent
I refuse to be exploited
I refuse to be avoided
I refuse to be called lazy
I refuse to be ashamed

It's not wrong to be sick
Even if I don't realize it
I'm no less a person

I don't need you to play savior
Or pass judgment on my behavior
If you can see my dignity

It's not like
I ever got to choose
So I'd like
Just some basic courtesy from you
This stigma - I refuse it
Copyright © 2003 Nate Orshan

cpvon said...

Let it Be - by the Beatles.
Beautiful - by Christina Aguilera.
Get Behind the Mule - by Tom Waits.

Deb said...

My favorite when it comes to my kids, one of whom suffers from bipolar and schizoaffective disorders is "I'll Stand By You" by The Pretenders. It may have been written with a lover or spouse in mind, but I've always thought of it as a mom's anthem.

Anonymous said...

'Wake Up' by Rage Against the Machine

After over a decade taking what I was told (anti-psychotics), hiding my brain disorders from others and myself, I woke up. The song reminds me of all that I lost with my willfull ignorance... And kicks me in the butt to learn as much as I can and never fall into the trap of apathy (regarding all aspects of my life).0

Anonymous said...

I always thought the lyrics from Johnny Nash's song "I can see clearly now" could be sung after my brother Mike recovered from his severe schizophrenia. 47 years later, this has not happened. Our only hope is that Mike will be our own special saint in heaven. When that day happens, we can all sing:

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

I think I can make it now, the pain is gone
All of the bad feelings have disappeared
Here is the rainbow I’ve been prayin?for
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Look all around, there’s nothin?but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothin?but blue skies

I can see clearly now, the rain is gone,
I can see all obstacles in my way
Gone are the dark clouds that had me blind
It’s gonna be a bright (bright), bright (bright)
Sun-Shiny day.

Anonymous said...

Motion City Soundtrack's Even if it kills me.

"I’m not saying that I’m giving up
I’m just trying not to think as much as I used to
Cause "never" is a lonely little messed up word
Maybe I’ll get it right some day
For the first time in a long time I can say
That I want to try
I feel helpless for the most part
But I’m learning to open my eyes
And the sad truth of the matter is
I’ll never get over it
But I’m gonna try
To get better and overcome each moment
In my own way"

Thanks to them for singing this song for me.....

Anonymous said...

You Should Care
My son is so inspiring with his gift of song writing. This is just one of his songs. He has a mental disorder and he achieves so much in his life. I am so proud of him, his strength and his gifts.
http://soundclick.com/khalilzahir

Alicia Helms said...

Alicia said:

Here's to Life by Shirley Horn

Alicia Helms said...

Here's to Life by Shirley Horn

Anonymous said...

The Beach Boys "In My Room."

Anonymous said...

For me it has to be "I can see clearly now" by Johnny Nash, and I second Anonymous on "Let it be". But I must acknowledge the power of "Jesu, joy of man's desiring", "Sheep may safely graze", and "Wachet auf", all by JS Bach--can't live without them.

Anonymous said...

Music can truly be a healing balm. One of my favorites is The Rolling Stones' You Can't Always Get What You Want, But Sometimes You Get What You Need. When I think about things or relationships I've lost due to my mental illness, the song reminds me to dwell in acceptance and to be thankful for the wonderful people and things I now have in my life.

Sheila Hall-Prioleau said...

I'm Still Holding- Luther Barns
It has not always been an easy road but God has been faithful to keep me no matter what.

Anonymous said...

"I want to Live" by Jason Gray

"Extremes" by Billy Joel

Anonymous said...

Jessie J - Who You Are

Demi Lovato - Skyscraper

Saosin - You're Not Alone

Seether - Rise Above This

Between The Trees - The Way She Feels

Anonymous said...

Given To Fly by Pearl Jam

Michelle Wampole said...

My two go to songs for positivity are I Made It Through the Rain (an.anthem for surviving no matter what) and Come Monday (changing your circumstances and starting over)... both are by Barry Manilow
I also like Jump Rope and For My Brother by Blue October.
But, I truly love music... regardless of artist or genre and it has been my solace and, at.times, my escape when life has gotten a bit to difficult to handle.

Anonymous said...

3am Breathe by Anna Nalik

janatd33 said...

"Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel, who has suffered major depression:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=No1UKN-SKlg

Lyrics:

In this proud land we grew up strong
We were wanted all along
I was taught to fight, taught to win
I never thought I could fail

No fight left or so it seems
I am a man whose dreams have all deserted
I've changed my face, I've changed my name
But no one wants you when you lose

Don't give up
'cos you have friends
Don't give up
You're not beaten yet
Don't give up
I know you can make it good

Though I saw it all around
Never thought I could be affected
Thought that we'd be the last to go
It is so strange the way things turn

Drove the night toward my home
The place that I was born, on the lakeside
As daylight broke, I saw the earth
The trees had burned down to the ground

Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up
We don't need much of anything
Don't give up
'cause somewhere there's a place
Where we belong

Rest your head
You worry too much
It's going to be alright
When times get rough
You can fall back on us
Don't give up
Please don't give up

'got to walk out of here
I can't take anymore
Going to stand on that bridge
Keep my eyes down below
Whatever may come
And whatever may go
That river's flowing
That river's flowing

Moved on to another town
Tried hard to settle down
For every job, so many men
So many men no-one needs

Don't give up
'cause you have friends
Don't give up
You're not the only one
Don't give up
No reason to be ashamed
Don't give up
You still have us
Don't give up now
We're proud of who you are
Don't give up
You know it's never been easy
Don't give up
'cause I believe there's the a place
There's a place where we belong

Jess said...

"Firewood: by Regina Spektor

Hopeful, yet realistic, and motivating.



The piano is not firewood yet
They try to remember but still they forget
That the heart beats in threes
Just like a waltz
And nothing can stop you from dancing

Rise from your cold hospital bed
I'll tell you, you're not dying
Everyone knows you're going to live
So you might as well start trying


The piano is not firewood yet
But the cold does get cold
So it soon might be that
I'll take it apart, call up my friends
And we'll warm up our hands by the fire

Don't look so shocked
Don't judge so harsh
You don't know
You are only spying
Everyone knows it's going to hurt
But at least we'll get hurt trying

The piano is not firewood yet
But a heart can't be helped
And it gathers regret
Someday you'll wake up and feel a great pain
And you'll miss every toy you ever owned

You'll want to go back
You'll wish you were small
Nothing can solve your crying
You'll take the clock off of your wall
And you'll wish that it was lying

Love what you have and you'll have more love
You're not dying
Everyone knows you're going to love
Though there's still no cure for crying

Wendy said...

Nothing to Prove by Caroline Spine

Leah Kay said...

"Take a Minute" by K'naan:

I take inspiration from the most heinous of situations
Creating medication out of my own tribulation
Dear Africa, you helped me write this
by showing me to give is priceless

boldsparrow said...

U2: BEAUTIFUL DAY

Carrie Jo Ferguson said...

Thank you so much for starting this message of using music for lifting us up. I was in an aubsive relationship and when I finally was albe to get out of it I used Shania Twains.. Black Eyes Blue.. me and my girls had it full blast singing at the top of our lungs. The other I used to help me get clean off meth.. Moving On by Rascal Flats.. both of these songs will remain in my life.
Thank you again
Carrie Jo

Anonymous said...

Jessie J- Who you are is so inspiring for me.

"Who You Are"

I stare at my reflection in the mirror:
"Why am I doing this to myself?"
Losing my mind on a tiny error,
I nearly left the real me on the shelf.
No, no, no, no, no...

Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay.
Sometimes it's hard to follow your heart.
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are!
(who you are [x11])

Brushing my hair, do I look perfect?
I forgot what to do to fit the mold, yeah!
The more I try the less it's working, yeah
'Cause everything inside me screams
No, no, no, no, no...

Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay.
Sometimes it's hard to follow your heart.
But tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
There's nothing wrong with who you are!

Yes, no's, egos, fake shows, like whoa!
Just go and leave me alone!
Real talk, real life, good love, goodnight,
With a smile that's my own!
That's my own, no...

No, no, no, no, no...

Don't lose who you are in the blur of the stars!
Seeing is deceiving, dreaming is believing,
It's okay not to be okay...
Sometimes it's hard to follow your heart.
Tears don't mean you're losing, everybody's bruising,
Just be true to who you are!
Yeah yeah yea

and Anna Nalick- 2am Breathe

"Breathe (2 AM)"

2 AM and she calls me 'cause I'm still awake,
"Can you help me unravel my latest mistake?,
I don't love him. Winter just wasn't my season"
Yeah we walk through the doors, so accusing their eyes
Like they have any right at all to criticize,
Hypocrites. You're all here for the very same reason

'Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button, girl.
So cradle your head in your hands
And breathe... just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

May he turned 21 on the base at Fort Bliss
"Just a day" he said down to the flask in his fist,
"Ain't been sober, since maybe October of last year."
Here in town you can tell he's been down for a while,
But, my God, it's so beautiful when the boy smiles,
Wanna hold him. Maybe I'll just sing about it.

Cause you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table.
No one can find the rewind button, boys,
So cradle your head in your hands,
And breathe... just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe

There's a light at each end of this tunnel,
You shout 'cause you're just as far in as you'll ever be out
And these mistakes you've made, you'll just make them again
If you'd only try turning around.

2 AM and I'm still awake, writing a song
If I get it all down on paper, it's no longer inside of me,
Threatening the life it belongs to
And I feel like I'm naked in front of the crowd
Cause these words are my diary, screaming out loud
And I know that you'll use them, however you want to

But you can't jump the track, we're like cars on a cable,
And life's like an hourglass, glued to the table
No one can find the rewind button now
Sing it if you understand.
and breathe, just breathe
woah breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe,
Oh breathe, just breathe.

Both describe letting your feelings out and being yourself, while knowing that it will get better and it will be okay, even if its not right now.

Nic said...

"Little Brother" by 311. It reminds me of all the people who are like my older brothers in my struggle against mental illness.

Wild Olive said...

"Pressing On" by Relient K

"I won't sit back and take this anymore, 'cause I'm done with that I've got one foot out the door, and to go back to where I was would just be wrong...I'm Pressing On"

Anonymous said...

stupid boy keith urban

Anonymous said...

"I'm not crazy, I'm just a little unwell..." MatchBox 20

Anonymous said...

My song is "Fade to Black" by Metallica. Although this song is dark, it depicts what someone like us feels and the writers appear to know how agonizing it must feel to be at rock bottom. And so just having someone singing something that you feel makes you feel more understood such that you're not the only one and someone else understands you.

"Life it seems, will fade away
Drifting further every day
Getting lost within myself
Nothing matters no one else
I have lost the will to live
Simply nothing more to give
There is nothing more for me
Need the end to set me free

Things are not what they used to be
Missing one inside of me
Deathly lost, this can't be real
Cannot stand this hell I feel
Emptiness is filing me
To the point of agony
Growing darkness taking dawn
I was me, but now He's gone

No one but me can save myself, but it's too late
Now I can't think, think why I should even try
Yesterday seems as though it never existed
Death Greets me warm, now I will just say good-bye"

After I listen to this one I shift to Kickstart My Heart from Motley Crue to energize me and get me out of my funk

Anonymous said...

Peter Gabriel's "Solibury Hill" gets me teared up in a good way all the time:


"Solsbury Hill"

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
(I) just had to trust imagination
My heart going boom boom boom
"Son," he said "Grab your things,
I've come to take you home."

To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Tho' my life was in a rut
"Till I thought of what I'd say
Which connection I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey" he said "Grab your things
I've come to take you home."
(Back home.)

When illusion spin her net
I'm never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me
Today I don't need a replacement
I'll tell them what the smile on my face meant
My heart going boom boom boom
"Hey" I said "You can keep my things,
they've come to take me home."

Melody Buchanan said...

This song is great!! Ty:)

Melody Buchanan said...

The first song that came to mind is "Let it Be". I think its kinda cool so many others agree. Another song that always makes me smile and sing really loud is Queens "Bohemian Rhapsody" I know the lyrics are a little dark but who can listen to it and not want to head bang?:)

Rose Merrick said...

"Don't Give Up" by Peter Gabriel, "I Can See Clearly Now" by Johnny Nash, and "Sunshine on My Shoulders" by John Denver have always been some of my faves. More recently, I have found consolation in Coldplay lyrics, "Fix You":

"When you try your best, but you don't succeed; When you get what you want, but not what you need; When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep; Stuck in reverse

"And the tears come streaming down your face; When you lose something you can't replace; When you love someone, but it goes to waste; Could it be worse?

"Lights will guide you home; And ignite your bones; And I will try to fix you

"And High up above or down below; When you're too in love to let it go; But if you never try you'll never know; Just what you're worth

"Lights will guide you home; And ignite your bones; And I will try to fix you..."

Rose Merrick said...

"Fix You" and "Talk" by Coldplay speak volumes to me. Music has always helped me to express the feelings I could not put into my own words.

R. Quayle said...

Move Along- American Rejects because it pretty much sums up what I and my brothers and sisters in and out of hospitals around the world do every day:

So a day when you've lost yourself completely
Could be a night when your life ends
Such a heart that will lead you to deceiving
All the pain held in your
Hands are shaking cold
Your hands are mine to hold
Speak to me

When all you got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know ya do
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through
Move along

joanne_dn said...

"After All" by Dar Williams, a song about her overcoming depression that ends with a beautiful image of a sunrise.

Also "Home" by Meg Hutchinson, who lives with bipolar disorder. She also has a song called "Gatekeeper," about a patrolman on the Golden Gate Bridge who has talked people down by simply asking "How are you feeling? What are your plans for tomorrow."

The miracle of all this music is that it lets you know you're not alone in your struggles.

Stacenator said...

Times Like These by the Foo Fighters

Anonymous said...

You've got a friend by Carol
King