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Name 10 songs that over the course of time, have meant something to me, and say why


 

shrinkingviolet has written 11 entries about this goal

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Music is rarely a part of my current life. Reminiscing with these entries reminds me to spend more time with my favorite tunes and finding some new songs that I enjoy.



10 of 10: Moon River

I’m a giant Breakfats at Tiffany’s fan. My husband and I share a great love for the movie, Audrey Hepburn and this song. Particularly, Audrey singing the song. As my son was an infant, I would sing it to him and it always made him stop crying.

Moon River, wider than a mile,
I’m crossing you in style some day.
Oh, dream maker, you heart breaker,
wherever you’re going, I’m going your way.
Two drifters off to see the world.
There’s such a lot of world to see.
We’re after the same rainbow’s end—
waiting ‘round the bend,
my huckleberry friend,
Moon River and me.



9 of 10: Baby, now that I've found you

I’m not a country music fan and I’m barely a bluegrass fan but if you ever have a chance to hear Allison Krause sing this song, it’s truly moving. I was told I would never be able to carry a baby and while pregnant, I had multiple complications a scary moments. I would listen this song, feel my tummy, and think of my baby. Once he was born, I sang it to him. It’s just a beautiful song.

Baby,
now that I’ve found you
I won’t let you go
I built my world around you
I need you so,
baby even though
You don’t need me
now

Baby, baby,
when first we met
I knew in this heart of mine

Spent my life looking
for that somebody
to make me feel like new
Now you tell me that you want to leave me
But darling, I just can’t let you

[guitar & fiddle solo]

Baby, baby,
when first we met
I knew in this heart of mine
That you were someone I couldn’t forget.
I said right,
and abide my time

Spent my life looking
for that somebody
to make me feel like new
Now you tell me that you want to leave me
But darling, I just can’t let you

Now that I found you
I built my world around you

I need you so, baby even though
You don’t need me now



8 of 10: They say goldfish have no memory

I guess their lives are like mine! “Little plastic castles” is the tune and I remember hearing this song for the first time in 1998 and wondering, “Who is this amazing singer?” Ani DiFranco. When I first met my husband, I used to always say “You are, by far, the cutest” which I pulled straight from this song. I was rocking out to this on my way to work this week. Perhaps I should turn off NPR a little more often.

In a coffee shop in a city
which is every coffee shop
in every city
on a day which is every day
I pick up a magazine
which is every magazine
and read a story then forgot it right away

they say goldfish have no memory
i guess their lives are much like mine
the little plastic castle
is a surprise every time
it’s hard to say if they are happy
but they don’t seem much to mind

from the shape of your shaved head
I recognized your silhoutte
as you walked out of the sun and sat down
and the sight of your sleepy smile eclipsed all the other people
as they paused to snear at the two girls from out of town

and I said “look at you this morning
you are by far the cutest
but be careful getting coffee
i think these people wanna shoot us
or maybe there’s some kind of local competition here
to see who can be the rudest”



7 of 10: I'm Sensitive

I don’t know who told Jewel to write a song on my behalf. Forunately or unfortunately, I’ve stayed that way.

I was thinking that I might fly today
Just to disprove all the things you say
It doesn’t take a talent to be mean
Your words can crush things that are unseen
So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive
And I’d like to stay that way.
You always tell me that is impossible
To be respected and be a girl
Why’s it gotta be so complicated?
Why you gotta tell me if I’m hated?
So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive
And I’d like to stay that way.
I was thinking that it might do some good
If we robbed the cynics and took all their food
That way what they believe will have taken place
And we can give it to people who have some faith
So please be careful with me, I’m sensitive
And I’d like to stay that way.
I have this theory that if we’re told we’re bad
Then that’s the only idea we’ll ever have
But maybe if we are surrounded in beauty
Someday we will become what we see
‘Cause anyone can start a conflict
it’s harder yet to disregard it
I’d rather see the world from another angle
We are everyday angels
Be careful with me ‘cause I’d like to stay that way



6 of 10: Shooting Star

Bob Dyalan is my all-time favorite musical artist and who I call the greatest American poet. I’ve been a fan since I was about 9 years old! I have so many favorites but chose this. All Dyaln songs elicit a strong comforting feeling to me.

Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you.
You were trying to break into another world
A world I never knew.
I always kind of wondered
If you ever made it through.
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of you.
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me.
If I was still the same
If I ever became what you wanted me to be
Did I miss the mark or
Over-step the line
That only you could see?
Seen a shooting star tonight
And I thought of me.
Listen to the engine, listen to the bell
As the last fire truck from hell
Goes rolling by, all good people are praying,
It’s the last temptation
The last account
The last time you might hear the sermon on the mount,
The last radio is playing.

Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip Away.
Tomorrow will be another day.
Guess it’s too late to say the things to you
That you needed to hear me say.
Seen a shooting star tonight
Slip away.



5 of 10: Half a World Away

As a person who attended college in the early nineties, there were many bands and songs that were wildly popular: Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Blues Traveler, Jane’s Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers… Out of all the wildly popular music, there is only one band whose songs I can listen to all the way through now without getting bored – REM. Perhaps it’s because I was in the front row of one of their world tours, perhaps I always liked them but never got so into them that I got sick of them (Pearl Jam).

There are many REM songs that touched me: Find the River, Shiny Happy People, Nightswimming. But Half a World away felt like my song. I connected with the “my mind is racing as it always will” (and it still does) and the “I couldn’t even hear” as I am hard of hearing. And, I felt half a world away from where I wanted to be…settled and happy and all grown-up.

This could be the saddest dusk
Ive ever seen
Turn to a miracle
High alive
My mind is racing
As it always will
My hand is tired, my heart aches
Im half a world away here
My head sworn
To go it alone
And hold it along, Haul it along, And hold it
Go it alone, Hold it along and hold, hold.

This lonely deep sit hollow
I’m half a world
Half the world away
My shoes are gone
My life spent
I had too much to drink
I didnt think
And I, I didnt think of you
I guess that’s all I needed
To go it alone
And hold it along
Haul it along
And hold it
Blackbirds backwards forwards and fall and hold hold.

Oh this lonely world is wasted
Pathetic eyes high alive
Blind to the tide that turns the sea
This storm it came up strong
It shook the trees
And blew away our fear
I couldnt even hear

This could be the saddest dusk
I’ve ever seen
Turn to a miracle
High alive
My mind is racing
As it always will
My hands tired, my heart aches
Im half a world away and go.



4 of 10: Everyone Makes Mistakes

Off of the Sesame Street album. I probably heard this for the first time before kindergarten and remembered it and sung it in my head my whole life! Then, once Sonny was born, I bought a cd with it on it! He likes it already.

I’ve a special secret children ought to know;
It’s about the little mistakes you make as you begin to grow.
If you make a mistake, you shouldn’t start to cry.
Mistakes are not so bad, and here is why:

Oh everyone makes mistakes.
Oh, yes they do
Your sister and your brother and your dad and mother too;
Big people, small people, matter of fact, all people!
Everyone makes mistakes, so why can’t you?

If you make a mistake while counting up to ten,
Well don’t get mad and don’t be sad;
Just start to count again.
And if you should only get to eight or nine,
I’m still your friend and I still like you fine,

‘Cause everyone makes mistakes.
Oh, yes they do
Your sister and your brother and your dad and mother too;
Big people, small people, matter of fact, all people!
Everyone makes mistakes, so why can’t you?

If you spill a glass of milk all over the floor,
Well, your mom and dad still like you just as much as they did before,
‘Cause when Mother and Dad were just as small as you,
I’ll bet that they knocked their milk over too.

‘Cause everyone makes mistakes.
Oh, yes they do
Your sister and your brother and your dad and mother too;
Big people, small people, matter of fact, all people!
Everyone makes mistakes, so why can’t you?

If everyone in the whole wide world makes mistakes,
Then why can’t you?



3 of 10: Boys of Summer

My first love, my high school boyfriend, and I lived in a beach town. He called this “Our song” for two years. He was so sentimental. It’s what I consider my coming of age song.

Two years after we broke up and were in college, we reconnected just for a few hours. This song happended to come on the radio. Right at the part where the song says, “I thought I knew what love was. what did I know?” He said “You were the first girl I ever loved.” My response? “You’re the only boy I’ve ever loved.” That was 15 years ago! I hope you’re doing well, Rob!

Nobody on the road,
nobody on the beach.
I feel it in the air,
the summer’s out of reach

Empty lake, empty streets,
the sun goes down alone.
I’m driving by your house
though i know that you not home…

And i can see you
you brown skin shining in the sun
you got your hair combed back
sunglasses on baby

and i can tell you
my love for you will still be strong
after the boy of summer have gone.

out on the road today
i saw a dead head sticker on a cadillac
a voice inside my head said don’t look back
you can never look back

i thought i knew what love was
what did i know
those days are gone for ever
i should just let them go and…

i can see you
your brown skin shining in the sun
you know you’re walking real slow
smiling at everyone

i can tell you
my love for you will still be strong
after the boys of summer have gone.

I never will forget those nights
i wonder if it was a dream
remember how you drove me crazy?
remember how i made you scream?

now i don’t understand what happed to our love
now baby gonna get you back
gonna show you what i’m made of…

i can see you
your brown skin shining in the sun
you got your top pulled down,
radio on baby

and i can tell you
my love for you will still be strong
after the boys of summer have gone.

(Don Henley)



2 of 10: Don't Give Up

When I was a pre-teen/teen, this song was what motivated me. As Peter Gabriel and Kate Bush sang, I imagined they were singing just to me. What I needed more than anything was for someone to be proud of who I was. I needed some place where I belonged. Thanks to this song, I hung in long enough to find my place in this world. Wow.

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
cause 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 a place
there’s a place where we belong



 

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