Inspirational Song of the Week

Inspirational Song of the Week

Live Like You Were Dying – Tim McGraw

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This country hit proclaimed that we should love those around us as if we don’t know what will happen tomorrow, wrapping it in a great melody and an upbeat song.

He said: “I was in my early forties,
With a lot of life before me,
And a moment came that stopped me on a dime.
I spent most of the next days,
Looking at the x-rays,
And talking ’bout the options an’ talkin’ ‘bout sweet time.
I asked him when it sank in,
That this might really be the real end?
How’s it hit you when you get that kind of news?
Man whatcha do?

An’ he said: “I went sky diving, I went rocky mountain climbing,
I went two point seven seconds on a bull named Fu Man Chu.
And I loved deeper and I spoke sweeter,
And I gave forgiveness I’d been denying.
And he said: “Some day, I hope you get the chance,
To live like you were dyin’. 

He said “I was finally the husband,
That most the time I wasn’t.
And I became a friend a friend would like to have.
And all of a sudden goin’ fishin’,
Wasn’t such an imposition,
And I went three times that year I lost my Dad.
Well, I finally read the Good Book,
And I took a good long hard look,
At what I’d do if I could do it all again,
 
Like tomorrow was a gift,
And you got eternity,
To think about what you’d do with it.
And what did you do with it?
And what can I do with it?
And what would I do with it?

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We Are the World – USA for Africa

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With MTV celebrating its 30th birthday this week, I thought it appropriate to feature a song and video that wouldn’t have existed without them.  ”We are the World” is perhaps the biggest and boldest musical collaboration of our time.  The sheer number of stars in this video is overwhelming, and the song is as inspiring as many of the people who helped to sing it.

There comes a time 
When we head a certain call 
When the world must come together as one 
There are people dying 
And it’s time to lend a hand to life 
The greatest gift of all 

We can’t go on 
Pretending day by day 
That someone, somewhere will soon make a change 
We are all a part of 
God’s great big family 
And the truth, you know love is all we need 

We are the world 
We are the children 
We are the ones who make a brighter day 
So let’s start giving 
There’s a choice we’re making 
We’re saving our own lives 
It’s true we’ll make a better day 
Just you and me 

Send them your heart 
So they’ll know that someone cares 
And their lives will be stronger and free 
As God has shown us by turning stone to bread 
So we all must lend a helping hand 

When you’re down and out 
There seems no hope at all 
But if you just believe 
There’s no way we can fall 
Well, well, well, well, let us realize 
That a change will only come 
When we stand together as one

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Firework – Katy Perry

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Katy Perry may attract her fair share of controversy, but it is impossible to deny the positivity of this anthem.  It is all about accepting yourself no matter what anyone else says, and it has a great inspirational video to match.

Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there’s still a chance for you
Cause there’s a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you’re a firework
Come on show ‘em what you’re worth
Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you’re a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make ‘em go “Oh, oh, oh!”
You’re gunna leave ‘em fallin’ down-own-own

You don’t have to feel like a waste of space
You’re original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you’re reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road
Like a lightning bolt, your heart will blow
And when it’s time, you’ll know

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Boom, boom, boom
Even brighter than the moon, moon, moon
It’s always been inside of you, you, you
And now it’s time to let it through

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I Can See Clearly Now – Johnny Nash

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This 1972 #1 hit was the lone stand-out from Johnny Nash.  It was popularly remade for the inspirational Disney film Cool Runnings.  The song, while fun and upbeat, is all about clarity and the freedom that comes with it.  Enjoy!!

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 nothing but blue skies
Look straight ahead, nothing but blue skies

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