Grief's Playlist

Jake’s Playlist

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Music carried me through the grief process. Below are the songs on “Jake’s Playlist.”

I know not one of these songs was written about losing a dog, but when this girl lost her dog,
these were the songs that I turned to.

I call out certain lyrics that spoke to my soul.

Bruce Springsteen
Dancing in the Dark:
I ain’t nothing but tired/man I’m just tired and bored with myself
You can’t start a fire/You can’t start a fire without a spark
I check my look in the mirror/I wanna change my clothes, my hair, my face
I’m dying for some action/I’m sick of sitting around here trying to write this book.
I need a love reaction

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
Room At the Top:
Look deep in the eyes of love and find out what you were looking for
I wish I could feel you tonight/little one you’re so far away
I wanna reach out and touch your heart
I love you/please love me/I’m not so bad/And I love you so

You deserve the deepest of cover
You belong in that home by and by
You belong among the wildflowers
You belong somewhere close to me
Far away from your trouble and worries

Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
Still Out there Running:
Wake me up, see the fire has fully surrounded us
Hey, I know as I'm choking upon the ashes
Of the friends and the love I used to know
I used to know back then

Baby I Lost my Way (But I’m going home):
Now the love I found, how it weighs on me
Are you tired and worn or maybe I can't see?
Baby don't let go
Oh, baby I lost my way but I'm going home

You worry me:
You seem tired today
Were you up all night afraid of what the future might bring?
I feel fine today
I've had dreams of you in places I've not seen before

I'm gonna need someone to help me
I'm gonna need somebody's hand
I'm gonna need someone to hold me down
I'm gonna need someone to care
I Need Never Get Old:
I needed to try
I need to fall
I needed your love

I’d be Waiting
I’d be waiting all day just to dance with you
Five for Fighting
April Skies:
I can’t say what I might believe
But if God made you, he’s in love with me.

Joseph Arthur
Honey and the Moon:
I wish I could follow you
To the shores
Of freedom,
Where no one lives

Joshua Radin
Made yourself into one of those girls
That makes your own diamonds
Bright diamonds and pearls
Now you're shining as you whirl
Into the light

High and Low:
You will never grow old
You will never want more
This love will weather any storm
Don’t you worry now, don’t let life get you down, just remember you are mine

So say what you see, get out of my way
Cause I got the heart and
I’ll tear you apart until I made you see you were wrong to underestimate me

Song for You:
I thought the plans I drew were carefully drawn
But alas, I'm just a fool
And now I'm drowning in my sorrow
Like when a builder blames his tools

When I’m with You:
Well I know that nothing lasts forever
And I know that everything must change
But I hope that when you wake, wherever you are
You know my love for you remains

Keep the darkness away:
All the world had me down
I tried to swim but I drowned
So I got down on my knees and began to pray
But I heard you say
"I know this wasn't your plan
Open your eyes, here's my hand."

James Morrison
Precious Love (Note, I dedicate this to Ben):
I was so lost, didn't know what to do with myself,
I was my own worst enemy, I was lost and oh I needed help,
Then you came along, and saw what state I was in,
You picked me up, when I was down,
Showed me how to live again

Lord Huron
Ends of the Earth:
To the ends of the earth, would you follow me
There’s a world that was meant for us to see
Out there’s a world…please don’t say I’m going alone
What good is living the life you’ve been given if you all you do is stand in one place?
Maybe I’m heading to die, but I’m still going to try/I guess I’m going alone

Ed Sheeran
Castle on the Hill

Running to Stand Still
So she woke, woke up from where she was, lying still
Saying I gotta do something about where we’re going

Gin Blossoms
Allison Road
So she fills up her sails with my wasted breath
And each one’s more wasted than the others you can bet

Niall Hall
This Town:
I wanna tell you everything, the words I never got to say the first time around
If the whole world was watching, I’d still dance with you, drive highways and byways to
be there with you
Everything comes back to you

Roger Creager
Gulf Coast Time:
Am I don’t okay?
I guess you could say
I’m keeping my head above water
Sometimes things just take a little longer
Here on Gulf Coast time.

Elton John
Rocket Man:
And I think it's gonna be a long long time
'Till touch down brings me round again to find
I'm not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no I'm a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Drops of Jupiter:
But tell me
did you sail across the sun
Did you make it to the Milky Way
to see the lights all faded
And that heaven is overrated?

One Republic
I Lived:
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
Yeah with every broken bone
I swear I lived

I Wanna Get Better:
And I miss the days of a life still permanent
Mourn the years before I got carried away
So now I'm staring at the interstate screaming at myself, Hey, I wanna get better!

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Cowboy Boots:
And we drink and get older
And some of us even try to get sober
Now here's to the assholes and the last calls
Well city kids, you get what you ask for

Ten Thousand Hours:
I stand here in front of you today all because of an idea
I could be who I wanted if I could see my potential

Sara Bareilles
Gonna Get Over You:
I’ll be alright, just not tonight
Mavis Staples
Far Celestial Shore:
I’ll know such jubilation, joy, and exaltation when I see my Lord.

Phillip Phillips
Settle down, it'll all be clear
Don't pay no mind to the demons
They fill you with fear
The trouble it might drag you down
If you get lost, you can always be found
Just know you’re not alone
'Cause I’m going to make this place your home

The Shins
Simple Song:
Love's such a delicate thing that we do
With nothing to prove
Which I never knew

Some Nights:
Some nights, I wish that my lips could build a castle
Some nights, I wish they’d just fall off
But I still wake up, I still see your ghost
Oh, Lord, I’m still not sure what I stand for
What do I stand for?

Carry On:
Though I've never been through hell like that
I've closed enough windows to know you can never look back
If you're lost and alone
Or you're sinking like a stone
Carry on
May your past be the sound of your feet upon the ground Carry on

Zac Brown Band
Knee Deep

Andra Day
Rise Up:
When the silence isn't quiet
And it feels like it's getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we'll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Brandi Carlile
That Wasn’t Me:
But I want you to know that you'll never be alone
I wanna believe do I make myself a blessing to everyone I meet
When you fall I will get you on your feet
Do I spend time with my family?
Did it show when I was weak?
When that's what you see, that will be me

Party of One (This was also the name of the column I wrote for 10 years):
I loved you the first time I saw you and you know I love you still
But I am tired and I am yours

Wake Me Up:
Feeling my way through the darkness
Guided by a beating heart
I can't tell where the journey will end
But I know where to start

Just Give me a Reason:
Right from the start
You were a thief, you stole my heart
And I your willing victim


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