Like many people, I like to listen to music whenever I get a chance to.
As a reporter who often travels to certain places in North Durham and the Kawartha Lakes for photo opportunities and interviews, I like to either listen to the radio, or CDs I brought with me, while I drive to my destination. I also often play music to motivate me while doing chores at my home, and I listen to music while I relax as well. I’ve found that the right song has a way of setting the tone for a particular moment, and it is fascinating to listen to the vast array of interesting lyrics. So, in today’s column, I’d like to share some of my favourite song lyric quotes, and why I like those specific quotes.
The first one is from a Kelly Clarkson song titled ‘I Had a Dream.’
The quote is “I had a dream that we were more a generation to behold. Lighting fires with our words, instead of useless smoke that blurs the lines of right and wrong.”
First off, let me just say, I like to listen to this song at times to motivate me. These lyrics specifically remind me how a person or people can create a legacy for themselves by standing up for what they feel is right, and how their words and the actions they take will end up defining how people remember them after they die.
I’ve written in the past about how I hope to leave a legacy, that will last, of both informing the public and possibly making a change in people’s lives through my news stories and columns, so these song lyrics fit well with that interest.
Similar to a song about a generation of people coming together is a Nickelback song about people as human beings coming together. The song is titled ‘If Everyone Cared’, and the lyrics I like are once again in the chorus of the song.
The quote is “If everyone cared and nobody cried, if everyone loved and nobody lied, if everyone shared and swallowed their pride, then we'd see the day when nobody died.”
While I think it is a bit of a naïve thought knowing history, these lyrics do remind me that if people decided to not focus on hatred of other people and instead about caring about the well being of everyone, the world would be a much better place, without things like greed inspired decisions and murder.
While I know this utopian society thought will likely never happen worldwide, I do take solace in knowing there are a lot of caring people locally in the communities I cover and in Canada as a whole.
Now, with Stompin’ Tom Connors’ ‘The Hockey Song’ having recently been inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, and since I am a longtime hockey fan, I would be remiss if I didn’t include a quote from this legendary song in this list.
Probably my favourite quote from this song is “Where players dash, with skates aflash, the home team trails behind. But they grab the puck, and go bursting up, and they're down across the line. They storm the crease, like bumble bees, they travel like a burning flame. We see them slide, the puck inside, it's a 1-1 hockey game.”
I like these lines simply because there’s lots of imagery in them, that perfectly encapsulates what the battle to tie a competitive hockey game can be like.
I could list several more, but with the constraints of this column, I will conclude this list with a quote from a song titled ‘The Champion’ by Carrie Underwood.
The quote is “I am invincible, unbreakable, unstoppable, unshakeable. They knock me down, I get up again. I am the champion.”
These lyrics remind me of what it takes for a person to be the best at whatever they are doing, which is the right confident attitude, perseverance and hard work.
Hope you enjoyed reading this list and/or found any of these song quotes inspiring or thought provoking.
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