What A Beautiful Day by The Levellers

“What a beautiful day (hey hey)
I’m the king of all time
And nothing is impossible
In my all powerful mind”

“Then we planned the revolution
To make things better for all time”

I’ve loved this song since I first heard it and sang along without properly thinking of the lyrics. Well, if you properly listen to them, then it’s pretty darn powerful.

Even if we ignore the call for a fairer society, and just consider the possibility that we have the power to change our thoughts and feelings instead of becoming them …

(Please see my post on Anger that I made earlier for how I believe it is possible to switch from being Angry to something more wonderful: Acknowledge, Accept and then Align differently.)

The Trick To Life by The Hoosiers

“Everything you love turns to dust,
You’d make more of it but you felt rushed,
By all that’s periphery,
You held tight, but on the contrary,
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it, 
The trick to life is not to get too attached to it”

A catchy tune with possibly the deepest and most useful lyrics you’ll ever hear.

Good Riddance (Time of Your Life) by Green Day

“Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road
Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go
So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why
It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time
It’s something unpredictable, but in the end it’s right
I hope you had the time of your life”

I’ve liked this song ever since I saw a live performance on TFI Friday almost 20 years ago back in October 1997 and I bought it the next day at work (I was a Saturday boy at a local record store – shout out to my Our Price family!). Within a week, I’d accumulated the entire Green Day back catalogue and I had learned to play this song fairly well on my acoustic guitar. They are still one of my favourite bands to this day.

Those lyrics have proven so true for me in the years since!

A Man Has Dreams from Mary Poppins

“You’ve got to grind, grind, grind
At that grindstone
Though child’ood slips like sand through a sieve
And all too soon they’ve up and grown
And then they’ve flown
And it’s too late for you to give”

The turning point for Mr Banks in Mary Poppins is when Bert manages to get through to him. The change in the man is amazing afterwards. I see so much of myself in pre-epiphany Mr Banks and Bert, as they represent being not aligned with TMTWGR and being aligned with TMTWGR, respectively.

The companion movie called Saving Mr Banks demonstrates how the main message was always about Mr Banks as opposed to Mary Poppins. Definitely worth a look.

All You Good Good People

Lose all your fears
They are keeping you down
You won’t have to fake it while I’m around
All you good good people listen to me

I feel like I meant something you always say you need more time
Well I’ll stay right here and I’ll wait for good until I find a love worth mine

I love listening to this song loud and singing along when I can get away with it.