Can Music Change Your Life? Day 2 of 7

“We pray that this song continues to help people heal as music should, so if you’ve ever had pain or suffering this is for you.”

-Karin Bergquist, lead singer of Over the Rhine

Day 2 video below is one very dear to my heart. The beautiful lyrics & melody reached me on an early morning drive on a country farm road. I felt most alone & defeated.

I had stopped journaling and singing to music. My soul was weary – and met a new friend that day in this song. I love how this song starts off as sad I was feeling, but that the hope swells through the melody & lyrics. It is contagious.

(https://shefliesagain.wordpress.com/2012/09/28/the-song-that-changed-my-life/)


I thought I’d go up Poughkeepsie,
look out o’er the Hudson,
and I’d throw my body down on the river.
And I’d know no more sorrow,
I’d fly like the sparrow
and I’d ride on the backs of the angels tonight.

I’d ride on the backs of the angels tonight.
I’d take to the sky with all my might.
No more drowning in my sorrow,
no more drowning in my fright,
I’d just ride on the backs of the angels tonight.

There are those who know sorrow
and those who must borrow
and those whose lot in life is sweet.
Well I’m drunk on self-pity,
scorned all that’s been given me,
I would drink from a bottle labeled Sure Defeat.

I’d ride on the backs of the angels tonight.
I’d take to the sky with all my might.
No more drowning in my sorrow,
no more drowning in my fright,
I’d just ride on the backs of the angels tonight.

Then the skies, they fell open
and my eyes were opened
to a world of hope falling at my feet.
Now I’ve no more or less
than anyone else has,
what I have is a gift of life I can’t repeat.

So I go up Poughkeepsie,
look out o’er the Hudson
and I cast my worries to the sky.
Now I still know sorrow,
but I can fly like the sparrow
’cause I ride on the backs of the angels tonight.

I ride on the backs of the angels tonight.
I take to the sky with all their might.
No more drowning in my sorrow,
no more drowning in my fright,
I’ll just ride on the backs of the angels each night

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