Listen to this farewell ballad:
This farewell ballad is based on the Footprints in the Sand poem by Mary
Stevenson, and is a soulful ballad with some elements of gospel. A
very emotional song, and Leona Lewis does great justice to it. The
meaning of the song is very similar to "Lean on me" where it is an affirmation of love or friendship, and a promise of strength, no matter where we travel in life.
Other songs like this:
I Hope You Dance by Lee Ann Womack
This country ballad is about living your life and enjoying the
simple things around you, as life is too short, so make the most of now.
The song has lyrics reminiscent of the Irish farewell blessing:
"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".
"Because You Loved Me" was originally written by Diane Warren as a tribute to her father, and the song became Celine Dion's signature song. It is a love-affirming song, whether for family, friends, or a special romance.
Into My Arms - Nick Cave
Written and performed by Nick Cave, this is not so much a song about goodbye, but rather about the return of a loved one 'into my arms', wherever they might be.
It is a deeply spiritual song despite possible claims to agnostism in the lyrics.
The above two points are expressed perfectly in the first verse:
"I don't believe in an interventionist God
But I know, darling, that you do
But if I did I would kneel down and ask Him
Not to intervene when it came to you
Not to touch a hair on your head
To leave you as you are
And if He felt He had to direct you
Then direct you into my arms"
Whether you are a parent, lover, or a very close friend, this song will certainly affect you when you hear it, if you are missing someone dear to you.
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