Lyrics: Everything’s Right

Sunrise, another chance to make something of myself
Yesterday got away from me, even though I’m trying so hard
It took another piece of me, so I’ll have to dig some more
And I’ll be running hard for sure

I just high-fived some guy I don’t even know
I’m yelling ‘good morning’ to a flock of crows
I’m kind of confused where this is coming from
A runner’s high’s occurred, and everything’s right in the world
everything’s right in the world, everything’s right in the world
everything’s right in the world, everything’s right

Tough times weighing on my shoulders, laced up
It’s time to now run away, and I thought it feels good to smile
And I thought you must think I’ve gone insane
but I know what works for me

I just turned around a really bad day
I just forgot all the negative things you say
and when you feel like I am, floating on air
you kind of want to hurl, that everything’s right in the world
everything’s right in the world, everything’s right in the world
everything’s right in the world, everything’s right 
– by Thunderhoof,
from the song “Everything’s Right in the World” on the album So I Run.

A group of long-distance runners in Cleveland Ohio formed a rock ‘n roll band and recorded an album of songs for their fellow long-distance runners.  Growing numbers of long-distance runners, including me, like to listen to their music while running long-distances.

Lyrics: Room at the Table

Let our hearts not be hardened to those living on the margin
There is room at the table for everyone
This is where it all begins, this is how we gather in
There is room at the table for everyone

Too long we have wandered, burdened and undone
There is room at the table for everyone
Let us sing the new world in, this is how it all begins
There is room at the table for everyone

There is room for us all, and no gift is too small
There is room at the table for everyone
There’s enough if we share, come on pull up a chair
There is room at the table for everyone 
– by Carrie Newcomer,
from the song “Room at the Table” on the album A Permeable Life.

Politics has been ugly in Indiana.  The incumbent Indiana Governor who is running for reelection, a prominent US Representative who is now running for US Senate, and several other Hoosier politicians who are running for various state and federal offices, have built their reputations by legislating their hatred and bigotry against certain minority groups while claiming to be protecting religious freedom.  My heart was lifted in this morning’s running session when hearing these lyrics from my favorite Indiana singer-songwriter and realizing that some Hoosiers speak a different religious truth – that there is room at the table for everyone.

Lyrics: The Race for Space

Many years ago, Great British explorer George Mallory
Who was to die on Mount Everest
Was asked ‘why did he want to climb it?’
He said ‘because it is there’
Well space is there and we’re going to climb it
And the moon and the planets are there
And new hopes for knowledge and peace are there
And therefore as we set sail we ask God’s blessing
On the most hazardous, and dangerous, and greatest adventure
On which man has ever embarked

– originally by John F Kennedy, via Public Service Broadcasting,
from the song “The Race for Space” on the album The Race for Space.

I’m finding the album of electronic dance music by the British band known as Public Service Broadcasting to be inspirational listening during my long runs. The nine songs on the album reference the nine milestones toward human extraterrestrial exploration.  I’m reminded to push a little bit harder and run a few more miles.

Lyrics: If Not Now

So we‘ll work it ‘til it’s done.  Every daughter every son,
Every Soul that ever longed for something better, Something brighter.

It will take a change of heart for this to mend.  It will take a change of heart for this to mend.
But miracles do happen every shining now and then. If not now, tell me when?

If not now, tell me when.  If not now, tell me when.
We may never see this moment Or place in time again.
If not now, if not now, tell me when.
– Carrie Newcomer,
from the song “If Not Now” on the album Before and After.

This is clipped from a hymn to inspire us to do the good work that needs to be done.  During Carrie Newcomer’s live concerts, she asks the audience sing this song along with her.

Lyrics: Better Things

Here’s wishing you the bluest sky
And hoping something better comes tomorrow
Hoping all the verses rhyme and the very best of choruses to
Follow all the doubt and sadness
I know that better things are on their way.

Here’s hoping that the days ahead
Won’t be as bitter as the ones behind you
Be an optimist instead and somehow happiness will find you
Forget what happened yesterday
I know that better things are on their way.

It’s really good to see you rocking out and having fun
Living like you’ve just begun accept your life and what it brings
I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things
I hope tomorrow you’ll find better things.
 – Dar Williams,
from the song “Better Things” on the album End of the Summer

This song elevates my mood on the days when I most need the help.