Aural Manifesto

The following is a list of 10 songs that speak to the heart of me and what I am about. I’ll likely add songs to this list at a later date, but it’s a good place to start. This is me, fully exposed.

(click on the title to hear the song – click on “lyrics” to see complete song lyrics)

STRENGTH, COURAGE, AND WISDOM by India.Arie

Excerpt from LYRICS:
Inside my head there lives a dream that I want to see in the sun
Behind my eyes there lives a me that I’ve been hiding for much too long
‘Cause I’ve been, too afraid to let it show
‘Cause I’m scared of the judgment that may follow
Always putting off my living for tomorrow

GOLDEN by Jill Scott

Excerpt from LYRICS:
I’m taking my own freedom
Putting it in my song
Singing loud and strong
Grooving all day long
I’m taking my freedom
Putting it in my stroll
I be high-stepping ya’ll
Letting the joy unfold

ALL POSSIBILITIES by Badly Drawn Boy

Excerpt from LYRICS:
All colours are changing in my eyes
Your hopes are all fading, that will never do
You’re seeing the world through cynical eyes
I’m seeing the world through the eyes of somebody new

YOUR JOY by Chrisette Michele

Excerpt from LYRICS:
I tried to match your breathing
Beating my little heart against yours
Perfect were the nights we were sleeping
I never want to end what we are

Cause no one loves me just like you do
And no one knows me just like you do
No one can compare
To the way my eyes fit in yours
You”ll always be my father
And I’ll always be your joy

DON’T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD by Nina Simone

Excerpt from LYRICS:
You know sometimes, baby, I’m so carefree
with a joy that’s hard to hide.
And then sometimes it seems again that all I have is worry,
and then you’re bound to see my other side.

But I’m just a soul whose intentions are good;
oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL MORNING by The Rascals

Excerpt from LYRICS:
It’s a beautiful mornin’, Ahhh,
I think I’ll go outside a while,
An just smile.
Just take in some clean fresh air, boy!
Ain’t no sense in stayin’ inside
If the weather’s fine and you got the time.
It’s your chance to wake up and plan another brand new day.

MOVE ON UP by Curtis Mayfield

Excerpt from LYRICS:
Just move on up
and keep on wishing
Remember your dreams
are your only schemes
So keep on pushing
Take nothing less –
not even second best

DAYDREAMER by Adele

Excerpt from LYRICS:
There’s no way I could describe him
All I say is, just what I’m hoping for

IT’S ONLY LOVE THAT GETS YOU THROUGH by Sade

Excerpt from LYRICS :
Girl you are rich even with nothing
And you know tenderness comes from pain
It’s amazing how you love
And love is kind and love can give
And get no gain

WATERSHED by Indigo Girls

Excerpt from LYRICS:
Well there’s always retrospect to light a clearer path
Every five years or so I look back on my life
And I have a good laugh.
You start at the top, go full circle round
Catch a breeze, take a spill
But ending up where i started again makes me wanna stand still.

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