30 Days of Gratitude: #21

#21: What song are you most grateful for?

My Life being as it is, I guess the song that resonates most with me is Gloria Gaynor’s 1978 hit “I Will Survive“.

The song is about feelings after a relationship breakup, but it also stands for a lot of other things. For me, it stands for my survival after being betrayed by the people I thought loved me, and how I’m constantly picking up the pieces after each betrayal. For others, “I Will Survive” is the Gay Anthem, or a motivational song to inspire the downtrodden, suppressed, minority, the troubled, those feeling down and out. It’s a song about strength and carrying on and moving forward after setbacks.

So yeah, I’m grateful every time I hear this song. 

The lyrics of “I Will Survive”: (from Google)

“I Will Survive”

At first I was afraid, I was petrified,
Kept thinking I could never live without you by my side
But then I spent so many nights thinking how you did me wrong,
And I grew strong, and I learned how to get along.

And so you’re back from outer space.
I just walked in to find you here with that sad look upon your face
I should have changed that stupid lock
I should have made you leave your key
If I had known for just one second you’d be back to bother me

Go on now, go. Walk out the door
Just turn around now ’cause you’re not welcome anymore
Weren’t you the one who tried to hurt me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?

Oh, no, not I!
I will survive.
Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
And I’ll survive,
I will survive, hey, hey.

It took all the strength I had not to fall apart.
Kept trying hard to mend the pieces of my broken heart.
And I spent, oh, so many nights just feeling sorry for myself.
I used to cry but now I hold my head up high.

And you see me somebody new.
I’m not that chained-up little person still in love with you.
And so you felt like dropping in,
And just expect me to be free.
And now I’m saving all my loving for someone who’s loving me.

[2x]
Go on now, go. Walk out the door.
Just turn around now ’cause you’re not welcome anymore.
Weren’t you the one who tried to break me with goodbye?
Did you think I’d crumble?
Did you think I’d lay down and die?
Oh, no, not I!
I will survive.
Oh, as long as I know how to love I know I’ll stay alive.
I’ve got all my life to live.
I’ve got all my love to give.
And I’ll survive,
I will survive.

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