My favourite song and the importance of lyrics

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A question that comes up quite often and is seldom simply answered is “What is your favourite song?”

I, just like the rest of those asked, will always say ‘Oh god, I have so many, I could never choose just one’. However, there are some lyrics that to me, stand the test of time and say things that sum up exactly what I was going through when I heard it.

For me one of those songs with a stand out verse was from ‘After the storm’ by Mumford and sons

“And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.” 

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When this was released, it was just over a year since my dad had died, and to me, love did break my heart. I was 13 and the strongest love I knew was that which I shared with my family. So when my dad did pass away I was so afraid of love, because if I didn’t love so strongly it wouldn’t hurt so bad.

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When my best friend Shauna passed away two years later and then my uncle Miles, two weeks after that, it only solidified the thoughts I had on ‘love’.

Although I had amazing people around me, it seemed that the people I loved most were unintentionally and beyond their control, taking pieces of my heart with them when they left. To put it simply, loving people scared me.

“there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.”

The line above sounded like an unrealistic dream to me, a point in my life where I didn’t associate love with loss, where it didn’t scare me to get too close to someone.

When that time finally came, less than a year ago, a love that encourages me, lifts me and make me feel like myself after so much loss, the song made more sense to me than ever.

The song’s lyrics, about love being uplifting instead of heart shattering, finally happened.

And my connection to the song, much like my connection with love, became a positive one after all.

Read full lyrics here or listen below.

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