article
The lyrics of a song can teach us more than we know

The lyrics of a song can teach us more than we know

By Anonymous Contributor

‘I hope you never lose your sense of wonder
You get your fill to eat but always keep that hunger
May you never take one single breath for granted
God forbid love ever leave you empty handed’

The first four lines of Lee Ann Womack’s hit song “I hope you dance” was an incredibly special song to Oprah’s mentor the late great American Poet Maya Angelou the was even played by Womack at Ms Angelou's funeral in 2014. Ms Angelou had said the song reminded her of Oprah and I read somewhere that she sent Oprah a gift, a gift she said she’d want any daughter of hers to have. It was a CD of Lee Ann Womack’s songs, with the hit being ‘I hope you dance’ taking centre stage.

I love the song. Have loved it for years. I have a daughter and I agree with Maya Angelou. The words are powerful and my daughter should hear them when she is old enough to understand.

I have the song on my iPod and every time I listen to it at the gym I try a little harder and reflect a little more. You see the power of a good song does that.

Some friends recently ventured into a very small startup business. A group of women, with not much capital, but a good idea and the willingness to have a go. It may be a success and it may be a flop. They’ll do it in their spare time. It will take second place or third to the family, the kids, the chores, the dinners, the after-school activities, the washing, the ironing, the cleaning... 

But it is something they are keen to try and they are willing to put effort into. Whether or not their idea makes them a fortune or is a complete failure what I like best is they are putting themselves out there. They are not sitting on the sidelines but are up and moving. As the song says so poignantly:

And when you get the choice to sit it out or dance

I hope you dance
I hope you dance 

Anonymous Contributor

Related Articles

The US Open women's final was disappointing

The US Open women's final was disappointing

The final was not what anyone expected, least of all her opponent little known Naomi Osaka, a 20-year-old Japanese national playing in her first ever grand slam final.

Read more

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger

I’ll admit it, I’m a bit of sledger. ‘It’s not a game, it’s a shame’ has been coming from my mouth quite regularly these past few days. It’s easy to sledge when you’re winning and aren’t we just! It’s a gold rush and it’s all the Aussie way.  And it brings out the worst in me. I can’t help it. It’s my competitive nature coming out. But last night, as my 6-year-old did the ‘Dab’ that Usain Bolt is so famous for and chanted my words, I thought ‘perhaps it’s time to reign it in a bit’.

Read more

We've all been there - Wedding Guests

We've all been there - Wedding Guests

We’ve all been there. Or most of us have if we have had the onerous task of compiling a guest list for our wedding. Arguments with our partner over whom we should and shouldn’t invite are commonplace. I remember my now husband saying to me when we were in dispute over our guest list. ‘He’s a really good mate, we have to invite him’. ‘If he’s such a good mate, then why is this the first time in 3 years that I’ve ever heard his name mentioned’… Great Aunty Shirley, twice removed just has to be on the family table because we won’t be able to face her at Christmas if she isn’t invited….and so the saga continues. The joys of organising a wedding. Many times over I’ve heard friends lament: ‘wouldn’t it be easier and cheaper if we just went to Vegas?’

Read more

COMMENTS

Please login or sign-up to add your comment.


Comments (0):

There are no comments yet.