Song Lyric Sunday: Plan

ARE YOU READY TO ROCK AND ROLL???? Sorry that was a bit dramatic wasn’t it but it’s Song Lyric Sunday which is one of my favourite times of the week :O) Helen over at This thing called life one word at a time came up with the brilliant idea of giving us a single word prompt each week from which we have to come up with a song to play for you all. It really is great fun for music lovers and bloggers wanting to connect with others out in the bloggersphere so why not play along this week?

Here are the rules and the prompt for this week is plan:

  • Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it fits the theme or not
  • Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due and it’s honestly just a simple Google search
  • Make sure you also credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
  • Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
  • Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
  • Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

This one was tricky and the song I’ve picked doesn’t have the word ‘plan’ in the lyrics anywhere but it represents my ‘plan’ for life, slightly obscure though it is. Here it is and I’ll explain a bit more after you’ve heard it:

 

And after the storm,
I run and run as the rains come
And I look up, I look up,
On my knees and out of luck,
I look up.

Night has always pushed up day
You must know life to see decay
But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

And I took you by the hand
And we stood tall,
And remembered our own land,
What we lived for.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And now I cling to what I knew
I saw exactly what was true
But oh no more.
That’s why I hold,
That’s why I hold with all I have.
That’s why I hold.

And I won’t die alone and be left there.
Well I guess I’ll just go home,
Oh god knows where.
Because death is just so full and man so small.
Well I’m scared of what’s behind and what’s before.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.
Get over your hill and see what you find there,
With grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

Songwriters: Marcus Oliver Johnstone Mumford / Edward James Milton Dwane / Benjamin Walter David Lovett / Winston Aubrey Aladar Marshall

I came across this song when I first moved to France; I used to lay out on the terrace in the evening, with a glass of wine, and listen to music for hours; sometimes familiar tunes and sometimes I looked for something new. I’d been introduced to Mumford and Sons by a friend and had loved the songs I’d already heard so I downloaded one of their albums and listened to this: After the Storm….

I cried. Then I listened again. I cried some more but then I felt a spark of anger and then another of hope. Maybe ‘anger’ isn’t the right word, perhaps ‘defiance’ better sums up my feelings; emotionally I had been beaten down to my knees by the death of my husband but, at that moment, I did look up and shook my fist at whatever had been cruel enough to separate us. The lyrics disturbed something in me; I didn’t want to live the rest of my life shut off from the world, slowly decaying, falling apart so I said, out loud:

But I won’t rot, I won’t rot
Not this mind and not this heart,
I won’t rot.

I knew the feeling of trying desperately to hold on to my old life and feeling it slip through my fingers, I knew what it was like to be scared of the past and of the future and I was, and still am, terrified of dying alone. This song threw all of this at me and made me face many emotions that I had be suppressing for a long time but it also offered the lifeline of hope and made me think that, one day, I would be able to feel again. Feel the love that I had for my husband without the pain that now came with it:

And there will come a time, you’ll see, with no more tears.
And love will not break your heart, but dismiss your fears.

I had a feeling it would be a long road; two years on I am still on it but I’ve learned to think:

Get over your hill and see what you find there,

and one day I hope to reach a place that will offer:

………..grace in your heart and flowers in your hair.

What this song gave me, after two years in free fall, was the first inkling of a plan…………

Have a wonderful Sunday everyone

Lisa

x

 

  24 comments for “Song Lyric Sunday: Plan

  1. August 26, 2018 at 8:09 am

    This amazing song is new to me. It really stikes a chord with me, for much the same reason it did with you. Thank you. ❤

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    • August 26, 2018 at 8:43 am

      I’m sorry that it did but glad also, if you know what I mean. Hope you have a lovely Sunday xx

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      • August 26, 2018 at 10:31 pm

        It’s been 5 1/2 years & only started coming out of my funk in the past 6 months or so. Methinks this song would have given me a jumpstart on that!

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      • August 27, 2018 at 4:57 am

        I’m happy to hear that things are starting to get a little easier for you and so glad the words inspired you 😊 xx

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  2. Simone
    August 26, 2018 at 9:37 am

    This entire post is beautiful, your words as well as the song lyrics. =)

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  3. August 26, 2018 at 12:48 pm

    Great song, Lisa. Not familiar with Mumford & Sons but this is a powerful affirmation of life and I understand it being a motivator. Glad you found strength in it. Thanks for the share. 🙂

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  4. August 26, 2018 at 1:12 pm

    What a charming song

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  5. August 26, 2018 at 8:23 pm

    I love this song, it’s a great choice. The way you’ve linked up to your own experience, and brought it round to your “plan” is a little sad, a lot hopeful, and pretty damn clever. Well done, and thank you for sharing it Lisa.

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  6. August 27, 2018 at 12:25 am

    One of my absolute favorites! Great choice!❤️

    You story is inspiring!❤️

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  7. August 30, 2018 at 5:16 pm

    I wanted to post mine here, but it sounds like I need to create an original post on my own site to do so?

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  8. August 30, 2018 at 6:27 pm

    I don’t remember hearing this song before and I’m grateful you brought it here. It’s both breathtaking and breath giving, a powerful offering of healing and hope after a huge loss. I’m glad it gives you an inkling of a plan. There is always a plan – sometimes a revision of a plan when life throws us a curve. That’s what I’m starting to believe. Here are some flowers: https://youtu.be/ryUxrFUk6MY

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    • August 30, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it JoAnna and thank you so much for the dancing flowers; they made me smile instantly 😊 xx

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  9. September 3, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    If you could see me now, I am standing on my feet clapping for you and this post. I’m also crying like a baby. I started crying when I read the lyrics and then cried again when I read the song’s meaning for you. This one hits me deeply as well, but for entirely different reasons. Thank you so much for sharing. I believe in hope and possibilities. I’m so happy you are looking forward, even though grief will always be present. ❤

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    • September 3, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Bless you Helen for the lovely things you’ve said here, it really means a lot to me but I’m so sorry I made you cry xxx

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