Show Must Go On!

Show Must Go On!

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Top Inspirational Songs: music for hope, courage, imagination, make-believe, joy and happiness.
I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. Billy Joel
Mariah Carey, Hero

Released 1993, Hero is considered to be Mariah’s most inspirational ballad, her signature song. The lyrics speak about the power of each individual to find the hero within, to believe in oneself and find the inner strength to overcome fear and desperation. Following the September 11 Attacks, Mariah Carey re-recorded the song as a medley with “Never Too Far” and released it as a charity single throughout October 2001.

And then a hero comes along

With the strength to carry on

And you cast your fears aside

And you know you can survive

So when you feel like hope is gone

Look inside you and be strong

And you’ll finally see the truth

That a hero lies in you

You really have to look inside yourself and find your own inner strength, and say, ‘I’m proud of what I am and who I am, and I’m just going to be myself.’ Mariah Carey

 

Whitney Houston, When you Believe

Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz

Written 1998 for DreamWorks’ animation “The Prince of Egypt”, the song was performed by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey. It speaks about holding on to faith amidst tough times causing to question own beliefs.

There can be miracles

When you believe

Though hope is frail

It’s hard to kill

Who knows what miracles

You can achieve

When you believe

Somehow you will

You will when you believe

I decided long ago never to walk in anyone’s shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe. Whitney Houston

 

John Lennon, Imagine

Imagine is the best-selling single of John Lennon’s solo career. Released 1971, “Imagine” challenges its listeners to envision a world at peace, a borderless world, a world without religious or ethnic dissents, a world focusing on humanity.

Rolling Stone: “Imagine is Lennon’s greatest musical gift to the world”.

Jimmy Carter: “In many countries around the world – my wife and I have visited about 125 countries – you hear John Lennon’s song ‘Imagine’ used almost equally with national anthems.”

On 9 October 2010, which would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday, the Liverpool Signing Choir performed “Imagine” along with other Lennon songs at the unveiling of the John Lennon Peace Monument in Chavasse Park, Liverpool.

You may say I’m a dreamer

But I’m not the only one

I hope someday you’ll join us

And the world will be as one

I believe in God, but not as one thing, not as an old man in the sky. I believe that what people call God is something in all of us. I believe that what Jesus and Mohammed and Buddha and all the rest said was right. It’s just that the translations have gone wrong. John Lennon

 

Queen, We Are the Champions

This power ballad written by Freddie Mercury in 1977 has become an anthem for victories at sporting events, including as official theme song for 1994 FIFA World Cup.

“We Are the Champions” was built on audience response, with Brian May stating: ‘We wanted to get the crowds waving and singing. It’s very unifying and positive’.

In 2011, a team of scientific researchers concluded that the song was the catchiest song in the history of pop music.

And bad mistakes ‒

I’ve made a few.

I’ve had my share of sand kicked in my face

But I’ve come through.

(And I need just go on and on, and on, and on)

We are the champions, my friends,

And we’ll keep on fighting ’til the end.

We are the champions.

We are the champions.

No time for losers

‘Cause we are the champions of the world.

I won’t be a rock star. I will be a legend. Freddie Mercury

 

Irene Cara, What a Feeling (Flashdance)

Written 1983 for the Flashdance film, “What a Feeling” became Cara’s No. 1 song.

What a feeling

Being’s believing

I can have it all

Now I’m dancing for my life

Take your passion

And make it happen

Pictures come alive

You can dance right through your life

I’ll be gray by the time I’m 30, but I like my hair. It looks shiny. I like the way it looks when those highlights are picked up on camera. Irene Cara

 

Muse, Survival

Lyrics: Matthew Bellamy

Muse’s “Survival” was announced to serve as the official song for 2012 London Olympics. “Survival” was played as the athletes entered the stadium and in the period before medal ceremonies; international broadcasters played it while reporting on the Games. The song was also premièred live during Muse’s live set for the London 2012 closing ceremony.

Race, life’s a race

And I am gonna win

Yes, I am gonna win

And I’ll light the fuse

And I’ll never lose

And I choose to survive

Whatever it takes

Insieme Siamo Invincibili. Matthew J. Bellamy (Muse)

 

Peter Gabriel, Don’t Give Up

Written 1986 by Peter Gabriel and recorded as a duet with Kate Bush, the lyrics describe a man’s feelings of isolation and despair, while the chorus offers words of hope and encouragement. The song was inspired by Dorothea Lange’s Great Depression photographs of the 1930s, a period of severe dust storms that damaged the economy and agriculture of the US.

don’t give up

’cause you have friends

don’t give up

you’re not the only one

don’t give up

no reason to be ashamed

don’t give up

you still have us

don’t give up now

we’re proud of who you are

don’t give up

you know it’s never been easy

don’t give up

’cause I believe there’s a place

there’s a place where we belong

I think it is the weak and the young and the minorities that you need to look after to get a healthy creative environment – to get a lot of choices, a lot of different styles of music, a lot experimental stuff that everyone else feeds off. Peter Gabriel

 

Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, Somewhere Over The Rainbow / What A Wonderful World

The Fearless Eyed (translation of Hawaiian Kamakawiwo’ole) Iz became famous when his album was released 1993. Kamakawiwoʻole was known for promoting Hawaiian rights and independence. Iz died 1997, aged 38. May the Wizard of Oz take care of him forever!

Someday I’ll wish upon a star,

Wake up where the clouds are far behind me

Where trouble melts like lemon drops

High above the chimney top

That’s where you’ll find me

I guess this is gonna sound kind of weird, but I’m not scared for myself for dying. Because I believe all these places are temporary. This is just one shell. Because we Hawaiians live in both worlds. Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

 

R. Kelly, I Believe I Can Fly

Written, produced and performed 1996 by R&B singer R. Kelly, “I Believe I Can Fly” was the soundtrack of the film Space Jam, becoming R. Kelly’s biggest career hit.

If I can see it, then I can do it

If I just believe it, there’s nothing to it

[Chorus:]

I believe I can fly

I believe I can touch the sky

I think about it every night and day

Spread my wings and fly away

I believe I can soar

I see me running through that open door

I believe I can fly

I believe I can fly

I believe I can fly

I like to give people more than their money’s worth. R. Kelly

 

R.E.M., Everybody Hurts

Released as a single in 1993, R.E.M.s “Everybody Hurts” reminds you to hold on when everything seems wrong.

Sometimes everything is wrong

Now it’s time to sing along

When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)

If you feel like letting go (Hold on)

If you think you’ve had too much

Of this life, well hang on

Everybody hurts

Take comfort in your friends

Everybody hurts

Don’t throw your hand, oh no

Don’t throw your hand

If you feel like you’re alone

No, no, no, you are not alone

So, when you divide the world into music lovers, music fans and then those people who are just very casual about their music, it’s wallpaper to them, it’s elevator music, it’s just the thing that’s playing in the background that helps them through their day. Michael Stipe (R.E.M.)

 

Bobby McFerrin, Don’t Worry, Be Happy

Released 1988, McFerrin’s “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” is an acappella song whose title is taken from a famous quotation by Meher Baba, Indian mystic and sage.

Here’s a little song I wrote

You might want to sing it note for note

Don’t worry, be happy

In every life we have some trouble

When you worry you make it double

Don’t worry, be happy

If I can bring joy into the world, if I can get people to stop thinking about their pain for a moment, or the fact the tomorrow morning they’re going to get up and tell their boss off… then I’ll be successful. Bobby McFerrin

 

Elton John, Circle of Life

Lyrics: Tim Rice

Elton John’s “Circle of Life” is a soundtrack for the 1994 Disney animated film, The Lion King.

From the day we arrive on the planet

And blinking, step into the sun

There’s more to see than can ever be seen

More to do than can ever be done

There’s far too much to take in here

More to find than can ever be found

But the sun rolling high

Through the sapphire sky

Keeps great and small on the endless round

It’s the Circle of Life

And it moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through faith and love

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the Circle

The Circle of Life

It’s the Circle of Life

And it moves us all

Through despair and hope

Through faith and love

Till we find our place

On the path unwinding

In the Circle

The Circle of Life

Music has healing power. It has the ability to take people out of themselves for a few hours. Elton John

 

Vangelis, Chariots of Fire

“Chariots of Fire” is an instrumental theme written and recorded by Vangelis for the soundtrack of the 1981 homonym film. The recording has since been often used as the theme song for sporting events. Owing both to its sweeping tune and the content of the movie in which it first appeared, “Chariots of Fire” has become somewhat synonymous with the Olympic Games. It was the official theme for the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and subsequently played during worldwide Olympics.

I function as a channel from which music emerges from the chaos of noise. Vangelis

 

Louis Armstrong, What A Wonderful World

Lyrics: Bob Thiele & George David Weiss

Satchmo’s song recorded 1967 was intended as an antidote for the increasingly racially and politically charged climate of everyday life in the United States. Its hopeful and optimistic tone for the future, with reference to babies being born into the world and having much to look forward to, brought “What a Wonderful World” to the top of inspirational songs ever written.

I see trees of green,

red roses too.

I see them bloom,

for me and you.

And I think to myself,

what a wonderful world.

I see skies of blue,

And clouds of white.

The bright blessed day,

The dark sacred night.

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

The colors of the rainbow,

So pretty in the sky.

Are also on the faces,

Of people going by,

I see friends shaking hands.

Saying, “How do you do?”

They’re really saying,

“I love you”.

I hear babies cry,

I watch them grow,

They’ll learn much more,

Than I’ll ever know.

And I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

Yes, I think to myself,

What a wonderful world.

Oh yeah.

What we play is life. Louis Armstrong

 

Enigma, Return to Innocence

Released December 1993, Enigma’s “Return to Innocence” became one of the most popular international singles and top inspirational songs of all times.

That’s not the beginning of the end

That’s the return to yourself

The return to innocence

Love – Devotion

Feeling – Emotion

Love – Devotion

Feeling – Emotion

Don’t be afraid to be weak

Don’t be too proud to be strong

Just look into your heart my friend

That will be the return to yourself

The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh

If you must, then start to cry

Be yourself don’t hide

Just believe in destiny

Don’t care what people say

Just follow your own way

Don’t give up and use the chance

To return to innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end

That’s the return to yourself

The return to innocence

Don’t care what people say

Follow just your own way Follow just your own way

Don’t give up, don’t give up

To return, to return to innocence.

If you want then laugh

If you must then cry

Be yourself don’t hide

Just believe in destiny.

Old rules and habits have to be rejected and dismissed so that something new can be created. Michael Cretu (Enigma)

 

Brian McKnight, Win

Beloved R&B singer and songwriter, Brian McKnight released “Win” in 2007, becoming a symbol for hope, faith and trust.

I’ll never give up

Never give in

Never let a ray of doubt slip in

And if I fall

I’ll never fail

I’ll just get up and try again

Never lose hope

Never lose faith

There’s much too much at stake

Upon myself I must depend

I’m not looking for place or show

I’m gonna win

I write about moments, and I don’t make blanket statements about anything because no one has all the answers; nobody’s come up with a foolproof way to do anything when it comes to emotions. Brian McKnight

 

Gloria Gaynor, I Will Survive

Lyrics: Freddie Perren & Dino Fekaris

Released 1978, the song’s lyrics describe the narrator’s discovery of personal strength following an initially devastating breakup, delivered with increasing confidence and backed by a stirring instrumental accompaniment. It is one of the most famous disco songs of all time and remains Gloria Gaynor’s biggest hit. Today, it’s used as an anthem of female empowerment, gay empowerment and HIV/AIDS awareness.

Well, we all know that self-esteem comes from what you think of you, not what other people think of you. Gloria Gaynor

 

Survivor, Eye of the Tiger

Lyrics: Frankie Sullivan & Jim Peterik

Written at the request of Sylvester Stallone in 1982 as a theme song for Rocky III, “Eye of the Tiger” is often considered as the most inspirational song of all times. The tension and release in this song feels almost physical. It charges into action and provides a general feeling of awesomeness and strength.

Rising up, back on the street

Did my time, took my chances

Went the distance, now I’m back on my feet

Just a man and his will to survive

So many times it happens too fast

You trade your passion for glory

Don’t lose your grip on the dreams of the past

You must fight just to keep them alive

It’s the eye of the tiger

It’s the thrill of the fight

Rising up to the challenge of our rival

And the last known survivor

Stalks his prey in the night

And he’s watching us all with the eye of the tiger

 

Queen / Freddie Mercury, The Show Must Go On

Lyrics: Brian May

When the song was recorded, 1990, Freddie was so ill that he could barely walk. The song was released just six weeks before Freddie died (24.11.1991). Show Must Go On defines Freddie’s effort to perform despite approaching the end of his life.

Brian May, recalling Mercury’s performance: “I said, ‘Fred, I don’t know if this is going to be possible to sing.’ And he went, ‘I’ll f-cking do it, darling’ — vodka down — and went in and killed it, completely lacerated that vocal.”

My soul is painted like the wings of butterflies,

Fairy tales of yesterday, will grow but never die,

I can fly, my friends!

The Show must go on!

The Show must go on!

I’ll face it with a grin!

I’m never giving in!

On with the show!

I’ll top the bill!

I’ll overkill!

I have to find the will to carry on!

On with the,

On with the show!

 

The Show Must Go On!
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