Playlist

It’s a love-hate thing with music these days. It’s hard not to hear something in every song that reminds you of your situation. You’ll be driving somewhere, thinking you’re OK, you’re going to beat this, and then a lyric comes along and drives you into the ground.

Other times, those songs take you deep into your grief and that somehow brings you solace. I have a playlist for Luke. It’s filled with songs of loss and redemption. Some of them excerpted below.

What songs help you get through hard times? Post your favorites in the comments.

Silent Lucidity (Queensryche)

Hush now, don’t you cry
Wipe away the teardrop from your eye
You’re lying safe in bed
It was all a bad dream
Spinning in your head
Your mind tricked you to feel the pain
Of someone close to you leaving the game of life
So here it is, another chance
Wide awake you face the day
Your dream is over… or has it just begun?

Landslide (Fleetwood Mac)

I took my love and took it down
I climbed a mountain and I turned around
And I saw my reflection in the snow-covered hills
Till the landslide brought me down

Oh, mirror in the sky, what is love?
Can the child within my heart rise above?
Can I sail through the changing ocean tides?
Can I handle the seasons of my life?

Anthem (Leonard Cohen)

The birds they sang
at the break of day
Start again
I heard them say
Don’t dwell on what
has passed away
or what is yet to be.
Ah the wars they will
be fought again
The holy dove
She will be caught again
bought and sold
and bought again
the dove is never free.

Ring the bells that still can ring
Forget your perfect offering
There is a crack in everything
That’s how the light gets in.

I Am a Rock (Simon & Garfunkel)

Don’t talk of love,
But I’ve heard the words before;
It’s sleeping in my memory.
I won’t disturb the slumber of feelings that have died.
If I never loved I never would have cried.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

I have my books
And my poetry to protect me;
I am shielded in my armor,
Hiding in my room, safe within my womb.
I touch no one and no one touches me.
I am a rock,
I am an island.

And a rock feels no pain;
And an island never cries.

Rhino Skin (Tom Petty)

You need eagles wings
To get over the things
That make no sense
In this world

You need rhino skin
If you’re gonna pretend
You’re not hurt by this world

If you listen long enough
You can hear my skin grow tough
Love is painful to the touch
You must be made of stronger stuff

Bittersweet Symphony (The Verve)

No change, I can change
I can change, I can change
But I’m here in my mold
I am here in my mold
But I’m a million different people
from one day to the next
I can’t change my mold
No, no, no, no, no

Well I never pray
But tonight I’m on my knees yeah
I need to hear some sounds that recognize the pain in me, yeah
I let the melody shine, let it cleanse my mind, I feel free now
But the airways are clean and there’s nobody singing to me now

And So It Goes (Billy Joel)

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It’s just as well for all I’ve seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you’re the only one who knows

Human Touch (Bruce Springsteen)

I ain’t lookin’ for prayers or pity
I ain’t comin’ ’round searchin’ for a crutch
I just want someone to talk to
And a little of that human touch
Just a little of that human touch

Ain’t no mercy on the streets of this town
Ain’t no bread from heavenly skies
Ain’t nobody drawin’ wine from this blood
It’s just you and me tonight

Wake Up Time (Tom Petty)

You follow your feelings, you follow your dreams
You follow the leader into the trees
And what’s in there waiting, neither one of us knows
You gotta keep one eye open the further you go
You never dreamed you’d go down on one knee, but now
Who could have seen, you’d be so hard to please somehow
You feel like a poor boy, a long way from home
You’re just a poor boy, a long way from home

And it’s wake up time
Time to open your eyes
And rise and shine

Learning to Fly (Tom Petty)

Well some say life will beat you down
Break your heart, steal your crown
So I’ve started out for God knows where
I guess I’ll know when I get there

I’m learning to fly, but I ain’t got wings
Coming down is the hardest thing

Let It Be

And when the brokenhearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be
For though they may be parted
There is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be

Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World (Iz)

Someday I’ll wish upon a star
Wake up where the clouds are far behind me
Where trouble melts like lemon drops
High above the chimney top
That’s where you’ll find me

Time to Move On (Tom Petty)

Broken skyline, which way to love land
Which way to something better
Which way to forgiveness
Which way do I go

Time to move on, time to get going
What lies ahead, I have no way of knowing
But under my feet, baby, grass is growing
It’s time to move on, it’s time to get going

Wildflowers (Tom Petty)

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
Sail away, kill off the hours
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, find you a lover
Go away somewhere all bright and new
I have seen no other
Who compares with you

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong in a boat out at sea
You belong with your love on your arm
You belong somewhere you feel free

Run away, go find a lover
Run away, let your heart be your guide
You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by

You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worry
You belong somewhere you feel free
You belong somewhere you feel free

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3 thoughts on “Playlist

  1. Dad here. very painful writing but it helps me understand what you and Zack are going through. We are going through it also but not nearly in the middle of it all like you guys. I was thinking about songs and how they relate to Luke. One that runs through my mind is by the Band. Take a load of Annie, take a load for free, and put that load right on me. could sub Angela for Annie. And the name Luke is even in one of the verses. Also I downloaded a newer jazz album by Terance Blanchard. one of the nicer and long cuts was simply called Luke! made me stop And really listen to it and think about him. Hugs and kisses.

    Luke’s Grandfather!

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  2. The song is called Lukeman not Luke. And the artist is Brian Lynch not Terance Blanchard. My memory fails on that one. However the rest of the above is true and it did stop and make me listen real hard to this excellent jazz tune dedicated to my grandson.

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