Empowering Music

I often turn to music to lift my mood, find solace and validation.  During the time when I was working on my plan to execute the dissolution of my lifelong abusive relationship I often turned to music to keep me strong.  These are some of my favorite empowering tunes. Some aren’t the usual upbeat, move it along type of songs but they still inspire me to this day. In no particular order with an excerpt of the lyrics and a link to the video (if one exists).

Hold On, Wilson Phillips
Hold on for one more day 
You could sustain 
Or are you comfortable with the pain? 
You’ve got no one to blame for your unhappiness 
You got yourself into your own mess 
Lettin’ your worries pass you by 
Don’t you think it’s worth your time 
To change your mind?

Unwritten, Natasha Bedingfield
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions
Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten

Wasted, Carrie Underwood
Oh, I don’t wanna’ spend my life jaded
Waiting to wake up one day and find
That I’ve let all these years go by
Oh I don’t wanna’ keep on wishing, missing
The still of the morning, the color of the night
I ain’t spending no more time

I’m Movin’ On, Rascal Flatts (I can’t pick just one part of these lyrics):
I’ve dealt with my ghosts and I’ve faced all my demons
Finally content with a past I regret
I’ve found you find strength in your moments of weakness
For once I’m at peace with myself
I’ve been burdened with blame, trapped in the past for too long
I’m movin’ onI’ve lived in this place and I know all the faces
Each one is different but they’re always the same
They mean me no harm but it’s time that I face it
They’ll never allow me to change
But I never dreamed home would end up where I don’t belong
I’m movin’ on

I’m movin’ on
At last I can see life has been patiently waiting for me
And I know there’s no guarantees, but I’m not alone
There comes a time in everyone’s life
When all you can see are the years passing by
And I have made up my mind that those days are gone

I sold what I could and packed what I couldn’t
Stopped to fill up on my way out of town
I’ve loved like I should but lived like I shouldn’t
I had to lose everything to find out
Maybe forgiveness will find me somewhere down this road
I’m movin’ on

I’m movin’ on
I’m movin’ on

Land of the Living, Pam Tillis
You gave him some good years
Now you’d like them back
Mistakes become clearer
After the fact
Now when you pick up the pieces
But you can’t make them fit
Don’t waste all your time
Trying to make sense of it
Just hurry back
To the land of the living

In the Arms of the Angel, Sarah McLachlan
Spend all your time waiting
For that second chance
For a break that would make it okay
There’s always some reason
To feel not good enough
And it’s hard at the end of the day

A Little Bit Stronger, Sara Evans
And I’m done hoping that we can work it out,
I’m done with how it feels, spinning my wheels
Letting you drag my heart around.
And ohhh
I’m done thinking, that you could ever change.
I know my heart will never be the same, 
but I’m telling myself I’ll be okay.
Even on my weakest days, I get a little bit stronger.
I get a little bit stronger.

Fighter, Christina Aguilera
Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

I Ain’t Settlin’, Sugarland
With some good red wine and my brand new shoes
Gonna dance a blue streak around my living room
Take a chance on love and try how it feels
With my heart wide open now you know I will
Find what it means to be the girl
Who changed her mind and changed her world
I ain’t settling for just getting by
I’ve had enough so so for the rest of my life
Tired of shooting too low, so raise the bar high
Just enough ain’t enough this time
I ain’t settling for anything less than everything

You Keep Me Hanging On, Reba McIntire
Set me free why don’t you baby
Get out of my life why don’t you baby
‘Cause you don’t really love me
You just keep me hangin’ on
You don’t really need me
But you keep me hangin’ on

Undo It, Carrie Underwood
You stole my happy, you made me cry
Took the lonely and took me for a ride
And I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it
You had my heart, now I want it back
I’m starting to see everything you lack
Boy you blew it, you put me through it
I wanna uh-uh-uh-uh-uh-undo it

A Change, Sheryl Crow
I’ve been thinking ’bout catching a train 
Leave my phone machine by the radar range 
Hello it’s me, I’m not at home 
If you’d like to reach me, leave me alone 

A change would do you good 
A change would do you good 
Hello, it’s me, I’m not at home 
If you’d like to reach me, leave me alone

A Man’s Home Is His Castle, Faith Hill

So I pulled out my suitcase I started packin’ up my clothes
And Jimmy said ‘Now Linda, where do you expect to go with those’
I told him ‘I have tried, but not an ounce of love survives’
Well he grabbed my wrist and shouted
You’re not leavin’ here aliveShe said I’m savin’ up my money and when I get the nerve I’ll run
But Jim don’t give up easily so I intend to buy a gun
He will never see the way he treats me is a crime
Somebody oughta lock him up but I’m the one
Who’s done the time
He said “A man’s home is his castle
It always has been and so it remains
But he holds the keys in a fist of rage
His home is his castle
And mine is a cage

No one knows where they belong
The search just goes on and on and on
For every day that ends up wrong
Another one’s right
Call it chance or call it fate
Either one is cause to celebrate
Still the question begs why would you wait
And be late for your life
Call it chance baby, call it fate
Either one is cause to celebrate
And the question now is why would you wait
Don’t be late for your life

Strong Enough, Cher
‘Cos I’m strong enough
To live without you
Strong enough and I quit crying
Long enough now I’m strong enough
To know you gotta go

There’s no more to say
So save your breath
And then walk away
No matter what I hear you say
I’m strong enough to know you gotta go

Lover, Lover, Jerrod Neimann
Well the truth, well it hurts to say
I’m gonna pack up my bags and I’m gonna go away
I’m gonna split, I can’t stand it
I’m gonna give it up and quit and aint never coming back
Girl but before I get to going, I’ve got to say,
I know you used to love me but that was yesterday,
And the truth, I won’t fight it,
When the love starts burning you got to do what’s right.
Woh-oh lover, lover lover, you don’t treat me no good no more,
Woh-oh lover, lover lover, you don’t treat me no good no more,

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