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4 Country Songs that Creatively Tell a Story about Time Passing By
4 Choice Country Songs that Speak About Time Marching On from the Perspective of Reflection, Love, Advice and Guidance
If you could write a letter to your younger self, what would you say? That sentiment is cheerfully expressed in the song, 'A Letter to Me' by Brad Paisley. Time marches on, and each day of growth changes us a little...hopefully we become wiser, kinder, and most of all have a bit of teacher in us to help guide those just coming up the ranks.
When we're young, it can be hard to listen to mom and dad, but often times, the stories and lessons they were trying to express to us, were right. Hindsight is twenty twenty...in a way that's a shame, and a bit frustrating. Those select few young ones who choose the easy road early on are rare birds.
by Barbara Tremblay Cipak - Country Music Reviewer
Don't Blink by Kenny Chesney - The Most Powerful Song about Time Passing By
If you're looking for a song about time passing by, then this is one of the best songs ever. The lyrics get straight to the point about how time marches on...'don't blink, because just like that your 6 years old and you take a nap, and you wake up and your 25 and your high school sweetheart becomes your wife'. As the song says, ..next thing you know your better half of 50 years is there in bed, and you're praying God takes you instead...trust me friends, a 100 years goes faster than you think.
This song is a wonderful choice to use if you're creating a family video for a significant anniversary. I put one of these videos together for my mother and father's 50th Anniversary.
'So I've Been Trying to Slow it Down' - A sound message from Don't Blink
'Don't Blink' became Kenny Chesney's 13th number one single on the Billboard Hot Country Charts. The song was released in September 2007 as the second single on his album, Just Who I Am, Poets & Pirates.
The beauty of this song is the poignant way it tells the story of time, how one day we're little and the next day, we're 30, 50, and older. It's such a pretty song, and certainly for those of us who are a little older, it's message is powerful.
Listen to This Song that Puts Time in Perspective - Don't Blink, by Kenny Chesney
Letter to Me, by Brad Paisley - A Letter from Your Older Self to Your Younger Self
...I know at 17 it's hard to see past Friday night....
This song measures time through a Letter from a man's older self, assuring his younger self that these are nowhere near the best years of his life. The song is hopeful. Although the messages in the song are profound, the song itself is light and fun. For those younger, the song puts life in perspective and gives a measure of reassurance that things can work out well despite the current problems being experienced in youth. ...'you'll make it through this and you'll see, you're still around to write this letter to me'.
Older and wiser you reminds yourself in the song that each time you have a fight with dad, just assume you're wrong and dad is right...Something we usually only realize in our later years. When we're young, we really believe we do know it all, yet as we grow older, we know that of course, that was never the case. The cycle repeats as we see our children do and think how we did. It would be wonderful to have the mind and wisdom of our older self, with the looks, health and engery of our younger self!
Letter to Me, by Brad Paisley
I Know it's Tough...You're wonderin' if You'll Survive - A Letter to Your Younger Self - Beautiful Lyrics
Letter to me was released in October 2007 as the third single on his album 5th Gear. The song hit quick popularity and stayed at number 1 for four weeks in February 2008. He was inspired to write the song by his wife Kimberly-Williams Paisley who in 2007 was asked to write a letter for a book entitled, If I'd Known Then: Women in Their 20's and 30's Write Letters to Their Younger Selves. Apparently once Brad Paisley sat down to write the lyrics to this song, it took him about a week.
What Would You Tell Your Younger Self!
Brad Paisley's Wife Kimberly Williams Paisley Contributed to this Book about 'Talking to Your Younger Self'
Here's the book where you'll find Kimberly-Williams Paisley's letter to her younger self. I'm sure we all could add a letter to this book. Would your letter be more like a novel? I think mine would!
If you could go back what would you say to your younger self?
26 Cents by The Wilikinsons - 18 Years Old, Leaving Home with A Mother's Love in Tow
...Here's a penny for your thoughts, a quarter for the call, and all of your momma's love....
Released in June 1998, this song can't be forgotten. For those who've left home to start their life without mom and dad, this song may resonate with you. You can feel how hard it is for this 18 year old to leave home. A symbolic 26 cents is given to her daughter, 25 cents for the call and a penny for her thoughts and all of her mother's love.
Time continues to march on, and 'it's been years since her momma's gone'. She holds that coin with beautiful memories of her mother's love. It becomes the constant symbol of reassurance that her mother would give anything to be there for her if she needed a soft place to land.
26 Cents, by The Wilkinsons
There's Nothing I've Got that I Wouldn't Give and Money is Never Enough, say the Lyrics in 26 Cents - ...And when she didn't have much she had all momma's love
The Wilkinsons are a Canadian Country Music Group. 26 Cents was written by Steve Wilkinson and William Wallace (no, not that William Wallace, lol). The song was released in June of 1998 and was the first single on their album 'Nothing but Love'. It made it to number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks and also found fame in the USA reaching number 3 on the U.S. Hot Country Billboard Chart.
A Song by Carrie Underwood about Lessons Learned
Has every step of your way been a Lesson Learned?, Listen to this Beautiful Song asking this Powerful Question: "You get the life you're given, some pages turned, some bridges burned, but there were lessons learned"
Through the Years...
Through the Years, by Kenny Rogers - A song about being side-by-side for a Lifetime
...I've loved the life we've made, and I'm so glad I stayed right here with you through the years....
The ideal choice for a milestone wedding anniversary.
Through the years, tells the story of a couple who've managed to stay together through thick and thin...."I can't remember when you weren't there, when I didn't care for anyone but you". There's no doubt for me, when I hear this song, I think of my mom and dad, and it's a mixture of gratefulness and sadness, as dad passed in 2013 - the greatest loss of my life. Time passing by couldn't be better expressed than through the words of this classic song by Kenny Rogers.
It's no wonder the song has remained a top choice for decades, it encapsulates a relationship that has seen its share of obstacles, but still managed to stay together. Of course, not all relationships can stay together, but those who were able to enjoy 50 years or more as a team are honored in this timeless song.
I Swear We've Been Through Everything There Is...Words that Say it all in Song
Through the years has stood the test of time. It was released as the fourth single on Kenny Roger's album 'Share Your Love' in January of 1982. It remained in the top 40 for 11 weeks and also reached number 1 on the Adult Contemporary Chart. It also reached number 5 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles.
Through the Years by Kenny Rogers
Two Top Non-Country Songs about Time Passing By
Two great Non-Country Songs about Time - 100 Years by Five for Fighting, In the Living Years by Mike and the Mechanics,
One of My Faves!
100 Years - Love this Song!
A Song that Stresses the Importance to Build Solid Relationships in Our Life
Living Years, by Mike and The Mechanics
© 2014 Barbara Tremblay Cipak