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Music That Makes A Difference

Updated on December 9, 2010
Melissa Etheridge
Melissa Etheridge
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera
3 Doors Down
3 Doors Down
Joss Stone
Joss Stone

Lyrics...My Life Has Been Impacted By These Songs

Greetings...

I have always been attracted to songs that speak of the struggles we all go through. As a teenager I would sit with pen and pad playing songs over and over until I had all the words figured out. In those days it was not common to have the lyrics printed on the album covers. Some songs were hard to figure out so I would consult friends. Together we would get it done! It was that serious to me.

It is no different today. I am drawn to music that comes from pain, promise, and life in reality. As we all know reality is sometimes a struggle. This hub is dedicated to the songs that at times have saved my life. I am not being dramatic. I am serious. At times my life has become so hard to cope with that I turn to music to keep me from going insane. Some of you are relating to this while others are wondering just how sane I am if I can make such a statement. Let me assure you that I have had all the tests and I am sane. I am an emotional and intense woman.  I believe that being sane is a state of mind.  I choose not to step off the edge and give in to the desire to escape and "go away" in my mind.  "My songs" simply give me focus and a place to put the pain.

Melissa Etheridge's songs often speak to me on such a deep level.  I wish I could tell her just how much she has helped me time and time again! My favorite album, with out a doubt is her 1st album, self titled "Melissa Etheridge".  In the song  "Precious Pain"  she speaks of lost love. In my reality this song speaks of drug addiction. The lyrics feel so real to me.  I feel empowered.  They take me back to when life was nothing more than me caught in the cycle of addiction! 

"Everybody's got a hunger no matter where they are. Everybody clings to their own fear, everybody hides some scar. Precious pain. Empty and cold but it keeps me alive, I gave it my soul so that I could survive, keeping me safe in these chains. Precious pain. Everybody's got a reason to abandon their plan. How can I think of tomorrow with my sorrow in hand?"

When reading these lyrics and relating the lyrics to addiction it makes sense! This song is number one in my reality about songs that make a difference. I cannot even begin to tell you the difference this song has made in my life...over and over! I often pull it up on my computer and feel the depth of my addiction so as to not forget these feelings..."Empty and cold...keeping me safe in these chains...reason to abandon their plan". After listening to this song I am in reality...deep...real...without one single doubt that drugs take me there!

Christina Aguilera is amazing on the album "Stripped".  The song "Walk Away" is another love song that I relate to drug addiction.  It really strikes me to the core.  I know these feelings all too well...

"Ohh, I'm about to break, I can't stop this ache. I'm addicted to your allure, and I'm fiending for a cure. Ohh, every step I take leads to one mistake, I keep going right back to the one thing that I need! Oh, I can't mend this torn state I'm in. Getting nothing in return, what did I do to deserve? The pain of this slow burn, and everywhere I turn, I keep going right back to the one thing that I need to walk away from."

Are you getting this? I sure hope so.  At this moment I am feeling the reality of what drugs do to my life. I am forever grateful to both of these women for these songs. Without them, I am certain that there are times when I could have gone back to drugs. THANK YOU ladies for your contribution to my life!

Now I want to go in another direction. My life is also made better through a song by 3 Doors Down. Once again it is a love song. The song "Here Without You" from the album "Away From The Sun" speaks to my daughter. I have traveled all over the country since 2001.  More time has been spent traveling then at home.  My child has a problem with my absense.  I dedicate this song to her in the hopes that she will listen and come to understand that my absense is not about her...it is about me and my need to live life as I chose to live it. She was 19 when I began to travel again. (I did alot of roaming before I became her mother)  I raised her...in one city.  It was difficult for me at times and one she was raised I felt the need to move about the country.  I did just that and I have no regrets.  These words say how I feel about her...

"A hundred days have made me older since the last time that I've saw your pretty face. A thousand lies have made me colder and I don't think I can look at this the same. But all the miles that separate they disappear now when I'm dreaming of your face".

The lyrics "a thousand lies have made me colder..." speak about my family.  They do not understand my choices and have not kept this fact to themselves.  Their opinions are not in fact my reality and this has changed my relationships with them...

"I'm here without you baby but you're still with me in my dreams and tonight girl it's only you and me. Everything I know and anywhere I go, it gets hard but it won't take away my love. And when the last one falls, when it's all said and done, it gets hard but it won't take away my love, whoa".

Joss Stone is another amazing soulful young lady.  Her album "Mind, Body & Soul" has many jewels for listening pleasure.  The song "Right To Be Wrong" also speaks to my family. As mentioned above, they are not supportive in my life choices.  This hurts and I need to keep my skin thick to stay okay at times.  This song helps me through those moments.

"I've got a right to be wrong, my mistakes will make me strong. I'm steppin' out into the great unknown. I'm feelin' wings though I've never flown. Got a mind of my own, I'm flesh and blood to the bone, I'm not made of stone. Got a right to be wrong, So just leave me alone. Got the right to be wrong, I've been held down too long. I've got to break free so I can finally breathe. Got a right to be wrong, got to sing my own song. I might be singin' out of key, but it sure feels good to me. Got a right to be wrong, so just leave me alone. You're entitled to your opinion, but it's really my decision. I can't turn back I'm on a mission. If you care don't you dare blur my vision. Let me be all that I can be don't smother me with negativity. Whatever's out there waitin' for me I'm gonna face it willingly".

I feel music. A good singer/song writer touches souls...Do you understand what I am saying?

Today reality is just what it is...I live in it...I am okay in it...and yet at times a girl just needs music to get it right!

Peace and God Bless...Becky Jo aka Inspired Hippy


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    • tlpoague profile image

      Tammy 

      9 years ago from USA

      Isn't it amazing how music affects our lives?! Great hub!

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      justom 

      9 years ago from 41042

      Becky Jo I'm laughing too. I've remembered songs and lyrics from years ago and often can't remember what I did yesterday. Maybe if teachers would have taught us with song we'd all have the title Dr. :-) Peace!! Tom

    • InspiredHippy profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Jo Gibson 

      9 years ago from Downtown San Diego, California

      ~laughing~

      I sometimes wonder why some things stick and others don't. Like when in school and a test is coming up...ya dig?

      Peace...Becky Jo

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      justom 

      9 years ago from 41042

      If her being barefoot is useless information I guess my brain is in the same place 'cause yeah I knew that:-) Peace!! Tom

    • InspiredHippy profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Jo Gibson 

      9 years ago from Downtown San Diego, California

      From http://artists.letssingit.com/joss-stone-737m8/bio... British vocalist Joss Stone was only 16 years old when she appeared on the universal pop/rock radar in 2003, ready to challenge the pop domination of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera with a grownup sound that belied her young age. Positioning herself among the more established and credible artists (Norah Jones, Jill Scott, Nikka Costa), Stone soon garnered a devoted audience at home and abroad, first for her reinterpretations of classic soul gems (The Soul Sessions) and, one year later, for her songwriting chops and sultry delivery (Mind, Body & Soul).

      I love her too...she is awsome. Her range is amazing. Did you know she is barefoot when she sings on stage? Just a little tid bit of useless information stored in my brain!

      I will spend some time on your hub soon!

      Peace...

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      justom 

      9 years ago from 41042

      Love Joss Stone, wasn't she like 14 when she did her first CD? Such a soulful voice even then. Music is constantly running through what's left of my mind. Check out some of my hubs for my music travels over the pat 40+ years. Great hub! Peace!! Tom

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      10 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      Great hub, and kudos to you. :D

    • InspiredHippy profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Jo Gibson 

      10 years ago from Downtown San Diego, California

      Cue taken and in fact I am doing just that...The novel is a long time coming and will be in time...I want to know more about you?

      Peace and God Bless...Becky Jo aka Inspired Hippy

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      Cathy Nerujen 

      10 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

      There is a lot of great wisdom to be found in music, and no shortage of inspiring words and sentiments found there. What an interesting life you have been having in your travels. You get to see a lot of life. If I did that much travel, I'd sit down somewhere with a laptop and start writing that novel now...that is your cue. :)

      Loved the hub. Very cool indeed.

    • InspiredHippy profile imageAUTHOR

      Becky Jo Gibson 

      10 years ago from Downtown San Diego, California

      Thanks for your comment...and do stop in again. I've alot to say about music! I live 24/7 with music playing. No tv or movies...just music!

      Peace and God Bless...Becky Jo aka Inspired Hippy

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      poetvix 

      10 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

      I totally get it and I could not agree more. Music goes into our souls to heal or harm. Thanks for this Hub. I think I will be jamming on the way to work this morning.

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