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Soul Lyrics

09 Jan

Have you ever had songs grab you, become part of your consciousness on a soul level?

I don’t mean the love songs or “my baby done done me wrong” songs. Instead, think of the songs with lyrics you might not know, but that grab you nonetheless. Or, ones you do know that make you pause and reflect every time. For me nearly anything by Alicia Keys, Carol King, India.Arie, or Corrine Bailey Rae works. I won’t be able to pick only one of any of these artists, so I won’t try, so I’ll highlight some others.  Note that the links on the song titles lead to music videos. If you click, adjust your volume as needed. 

There’s even lyrics in an Eminem song that makes me pause. I like a miniscule amount of rap music, but the hook/chorus in this song connected on a soul level:

Lose Yourself by Eminem

Look, if you had one shot, or one opportunity
To seize everything you ever wanted-One moment
Would you capture it or just let it slip?

(You better lose yourself in the music, the moment 
You own it, you better never let it go go 
You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow 
This opportunity comes once in a lifetime yo) 

You can do anything you set your mind to, man

 

It has a driving beat that compels. Most of the rest of the song I can live without, but this segment reaches out every time I hear it. Rapper Tupac Shakur had a few songs with soul-stirring, thought provoking lyrics too.  Check out:  Keep Your Head up. Imagine a gangsta rapper creating such a poignant reminder to girls and young women, with an admonition for his “hommies.”

Tupac Shakur – Keep Your Head UP 

 

And I always want to take a twirl, and wish the same for those I love, when I hear this one:

I HOPE YOU DANCE by Lee Ann  Womack

I hope you never lose your sense of wonder,
You get your fill to eat, but always keep that hunger,
May you never take one single breath for granted,
God forbid 
love ever leave you empty handed,
I hope you still feel small when you stand beside the ocean,
Whenever one 
door closes I hope one more opens,
Promise me that you’ll give faith a fighting chance,
And when you get the choice to sit it out 
or dance

I hope you dance…

(Tell me who wants to look back on their years and wonder where those years have gone.)

When is the last time any of us danced? This song reminds us to BE.

Another song I’ve loved since childhood without knowing why; one that I picked as my signature song is all about manifesting—and I quote, “It is real if it’s only in your mind”:

ADVENTURES IN PARADISE by Minnie Riperton

I believe any dream that I want to

That aint the only way of keeping hope alive

And if by chance I give birth to my visions

Life is so fantastic, it will come as no surprise

‘Cause every day is adventures in paradise

Woven well through the fabrics of time

I believe I am free let it free me

That aint the only way of getting past the jive

And every day something magical passes

Sunshine on my body, rainbows bloomin’ in the sky

‘Cause every day is adventures in paradise

It‘s real if it’s only in your mind

So, do you have lyrics that tug at your soul, inspire you, make you remember your dreams?


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Posted by on January 9, 2012 in Age of Aquarius, Spiritual, Uncategorized

 

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