Who You Are – Unspoken

It’s amazing to me how quickly the songs we hear can change their meanings over time, whether it’s several years, months, weeks, or even days.  I originally heard this song a couple weeks ago when a friend posted it to Facebook, and I remember thinking at the time how much I liked it.  About a week later, I had an adolescent in one of my groups recommend that I listen to it for use in a music therapy session.  Only a few days later, I had another adult patient request to hear it in a “song choice” themed session we were having.  Then it was just this weekend when I heard this song on the radio again, and began thinking about the meaning of it once more.

So, it was a couple weeks ago that I began typing up these lyrics on this blog, but just now finishing the post tonight.  It’s incredible for me to think now about these lyrics and how much the meaning has changed compared to when I first heard this song.  I tell my patients all the time that songs, styles, genres of music that you like now will most likely not be the same in a few months, but I got to see first hand how quickly the meaning of music can change for me as well.  So…after all that rambling, I hope you enjoy this song.  What a powerful message it sends that no matter where you are, the choices you’ve made, the situation you are in, you are not too far from kneeling at the foot of the cross and asking for forgiveness.  God doesn’t promise an easy road, but he does promise that he will be by our side every step of the way.  “And everyday you put your feet on the floor, you gotta walk through the door. It’s never gonna be easy, but it’s all worth fighting for.”

Who You Are – Unspoken
I know that look you’re giving,
Like you’ve got something to prove
‘Cause I have walked for miles and miles
In that same pair of shoes
You refuse forgiveness
Like it’s something to be earned
Sometimes pain’s the only way that we can learn.

Chorus:
You can never fall too hard
So fast, so far
That you can’t get back
When you’re lost
Where you are is never too late,
So bad, so much
That you can’t change
Who you are, ooo-oooh
You can change who you are, ooo-oooh.

You believe in freedom,
But you don’t know how to choose
You gotta step out of your feelings
That you’re so afraid to lose
And everyday
You put your feet on the floor, you gotta walk through the door
It’s never gonna be easy
But it’s all worth fighting for.  Chorus

So let the ashes fall wherever they land
Come back from wherever you’ve been
To the foot of the cross
To the feet of Jesus,
The feet of Jesus.  Chorus

On My Own – Les Misérables

I LOVE Les Misérables.  After seeing the musical live in Des Moines, to say I have been counting the days until this movie came out is an understatement.  It was wonderful to see the video with live singing and to hear and see the emotion behind the lyrics.  Although I have so many favorite songs, this song is my favorite of them all.  (I do love I Dreamed a Dream, though, and Anne Hathaway was great in the movie).  In this song though, the way Éponine feels is a way I can identify with.  As this new year begins, I am so excited to see what is in store for me.  New friendships, excitements, adventures…I can’t wait.  As for tonight, I’ll finish making my list of resolutions for the new year…one of them being to write on this blog more often.  I’m terribly behind on posting all the music I’ve been listening to. 🙂

On My Own – Les Misérables
On my own, pretending he’s beside me
All alone, I walk with him till morning
Without him, I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes and he has found me.

In the rain, the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever.

And I know it’s only in my mind
That I’m talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there’s a way for us.

I love him, but when the night is over
he is gone, the river’s just a river.
Without him the world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere the streets are full of strangers.

I love him, but every day I’m learning
all my life I’ve only been pretending.
Without me his world would go on turning
A world that’s full of happiness that I have never known.

I love him, I love him,
I love him, but only on my own.