This One’s a Fighter

I often wish there was a soundtrack to life. If there was, we could have songs playing around us that reflect our moods, motivate us, and make everything more fun. My soundtrack would include the gamut from country, rap, top forty, and heavy metal. Sometimes I meet someone who needs a song on their soundtrack to help them pick themself up off the floor and brush away the dust. Here are a few of my favourite inspirational lyrics that I would add to the soundtrack for anyone who is going through a rough time.

Every time you fall it’s only making your chin strong…Gonna live life ’til we’re dead. Give me scars, give me pain. Then they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me, there goes the fighter, there goes the fighter. Here comes the fighter. That’s what they’ll say to me, say to me, say to me, this one’s a fighter. (The Fighter – Gym Class Heroes)

Pretty, pretty please, don’t you ever, ever feel like you’re less than, less than perfect. Pretty, pretty please, if you ever, ever feel like you’re nothing, you are perfect to me. (Pink – Pretty)

The days and nights are long. When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on, well, everybody hurts sometimes. Everybody cries. And everybody hurts sometimes…So, hold on, hold on. (REM – Everybody Hurts)

Don’t worry ’bout a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right. (Bob Marley- Three Little Birds)

…Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth; oh never mind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked….You’re not as fat as you
imagine. Don’t worry about the future; or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at
4pm on some idle Tuesday. Do one thing everyday that scares you. Sing. Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours. Floss. Don’t waste your time on jealousy; sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind…the race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself. Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults; if you succeed in doing this, tell me how. Keep your old love letters; throw away your old bank statements. Stretch…Dance…even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room. Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them. Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly. Get to know your parents; you never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings; they are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future… (Baz Luhrmann – Everybody’s Free to Wear Sunscreen)

You can do side bends or sit-ups, but please don’t lose that butt…So Cosmo says you’re fat, well I ain’t down with that! (Sir Mix-A-Lot – Baby Got Back)

When the night has been too lonely, and the road has been too long, and you think that love is only for the lucky and the strong, just remember in the winter, far beneath the bitter snow, lies the seed that with the sun’s love, in the spring becomes the rose. (Amanda McBroom – The Rose)

Speaking words of wisdom, let it be. (The Beatles – Let It Be)

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways.
And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place, take a look at yourself, and then make a change.
(Michael Jackson – The Man in The Mirror)


Tough, you think you’ve got the stuff. You’re telling me and anyone, you’re hard enough.
You don’t have to put up a fight. You don’t have to always be right. Let me take some of the punches for you tonight. Listen to me now. I need to let you know, you don’t have to go it alone.
(U2 – Sometimes You Can’t Make It On Your Own)

Fat bottomed girls you make the rockin’ world go round. (Queen – Fat Bottomed Girls)

Rock on.


-D.R. Graham


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