Sorry. I found myself listening to Save the Day for the first time in a long time and I remember why I’d put that song on the back burner. I cannot listen to it without bursting into tears. Ugly, nose-running, chest-heaving sobs.
Not even because it’s a sad song. It’s not. But right after the line “There’s more hope than you’ll ever know,” when the chorus kicks in … “So keep breathing, I said that I’ll always be there, Now I mean it more than ever before, There’s a future worth fighting for … So don’t beee scared, I know how you must be feeling, No one to help you carry the pain, I’m coming to saaave the day” … I lose it. Every. Single. Time.
I seriously had to stop listening to it in public, it was getting embarrassing… and I was using up a heck of a lot of mascara.
But when I try to explain the tears, words fail me. It’s something to do with the pleading way David sings it… shaking you with his voice so you won’t give up… getting into your head with that beautiful sound, making you believe you’re not alone.
And that ache, that deep well of sorrow you hear is a kindred spirit… someone who’s been there and come out the other side… and he’s stretching out his hand to help you across that void.
Oh geez, I’m getting choked up just thinking about how that song affects me. And it’s not the only one. Think of Me (studio version) kills me, partly because it’s just so so so beautiful… like when you look out at the most stunning mountain vista you’ve ever seen, or a tiny perfect robin’s egg, and you feel blessed to witness such perfection in the world.
And When You Believe (studio version) slays me during the bridge… “They don’t always happen when you ask, And it’s easy to give in to your fears, But when you’re blinded by your pain, Can’t see your way clear through the rain, A small, but still, resilient voice says help is very neeeeaaaaarrrrr.” Toast. C’est moi. I once wrote David a note thanking him for that song and I told him whenever I hear it, I feel God’s love flow through me like a river. So I cry.
Okay, enough about me… clearly I’m a crier, period, lol. (Don’t even get me started on his Christmas songs… oy.) How about you guys? Which songs open up your flood gates?
Confession: All the songs on this list have made me cry at some point.