Song of the Week 3

I’m back on track this week. This song isn’t quiet as depressing as my last choice. It was actually written for September 11th by a folk singer I follow, Mark E.relli. So it’s appropriate for the anniversary but I also love the chorus. It always helps me get back on track when I’m moping around on CD 2 or 3.
**disclaimer–this is an anti-war song. If that will offend you, I wouldn’t even bother continuing.

The Only Way
Mark E.relli

I read the paper
I watch the news
It seems there’s only pain and sufferin’
And there ain’t much I can do
It’s so senseless
I feel defenseless
So small

I could shut my windows
Bolt my doors
But if I don’t feel safe enough
To speak my mind anymore
Then what’s the use
I’ve nothing left to lose
And no farther to fall

So I’m gonna love
I’m gonna believe
I’m still gonna dream
I’m gonna roll up my sleeves
Give everything until I’ve nothing left to give
That’s the only way that I know how to live

It was a nightmare
No tongue can tell
How the streets of New York city
Looked just like the gates of Hell
In a flash
The smoke and the ash
Came falling down like rain

But they circled wagons
They gathered round
As they bravely pulled their brothers
And their sisters from the ground
And I know
That I owe them more
Than to be afraid

So I’m gonna love
I’m gonna believe
I’m still gonna dream
I’m gonna roll up my sleeves
Give everything until I’ve nothing left to give
That’s the only way that I know how to live

Why seek vengeance?
What comes of war?
I know freedom has a price
But it doesn’t keep score
It’s too much to swallow
It’s left me hollow
After all this time

I won’t tell you
What to believe
Cause I’m too young to be so cynical
And too old to be naïve
But if every action
Breeds a reaction
Let this be mine

So I’m gonna love
I’m gonna believe
I’m still gonna dream
I’m gonna roll up my sleeves
Give everything until I’ve nothing left to give
That’s the only way that I know how to live
Copyright Mark Erelli/Kill The Messenger Music, ASCAP
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I regularly get strength from this song. It helps me stay optimistic, hopeful and to keep dreaming…that’s the only way I know how to live. The other line that speaks to my IF thoughts is that I’m too young to be this cynical about getting pregnant, but also too old and experienced to be naive about this anymore. I think he’s (and I know I certainly) miss that naivety.

Again, if anyone wants the mp3, just let me know. The only version I have of it is actually a cover but it’s still really good. And please, post any thoughts you might have. I’d love to get a little discussion going!

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September 11, 2007. Song of the Week.

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