What’s Your Grief Lyric?

Creative Coping / Creative Coping : Eleanor Haley


We recently asked the WYG community on Instagram the following question:

Choose one song lyric or verse to express the grief you’re feeling right now, in this moment. What is it?

Now, if you’ve been following WYG for a while, you may think this question is a repeat because, in the past, we asked a similar question: What is the saddest song on your grief playlist? That being the case, do we really need another post about grief music? 

Obviously, we think the answer is “yes.” 

We’re going to draw the slightest of distinctions here because the focus of our most recent conversation was on the single grief verse or lyric that’s resonating with you right now, in this moment.

The answer to this will change drastically from day-to-day, and possibly even moment-to-moment. Think about it. No, seriously, we encourage you to take a second and ask yourself what grief lyric speaks to you in this moment? If you know your answer, share it with us in the comments below.

Below, you will find most of the lyrics submitted to us via Instagram.  If we were able to figure out what song the lyric came from, we added it to the list. If you submitted a lyric and notice that it is attributed to the wrong song, please let us know. If you’d like to listen to all of these songs, we’ve compiled them onto a Spotify playlist at the end of this post.


“Who would you be?

What would you look like

When you looked at me for the very first time?”

Daughtry – Gone Too Soon


“You were an angel in the shape of my mum”

Ed Sheeran – Supermarket Flowers


“I miss my mother,

I miss it when

Life was a party to be thrown

But that was a million years ago”

Adele – Million Years Ago


“‘Cause even when there is no star in sight

You’ll always be my only guiding light”

Mumford and Sons – Guiding Light


“Some things never change

They never fade It’s never over

Some things never grow

I know alone like no one else does”

HAIM – I Know Alone


“Just so you know

You will always be the hardest thing I will let go”

Ryan Adams – Feels Like Fire


“If I don’t let go, then there is

No such thing as over this”

Sara Bareilles – No Such Thing


“Everyone you love is gonna die”

Noah Cyrus – The End of Everything


“Where troubles melt like lemon drops

Away above the chimney tops

That’s where you’ll find me”

Somewhere Over the Rainbow


“‘Cause when I look to the sky something tells me you’re here with me”

Train – When I Look to the Sky


“You were the place that I could always rest my head

When my world had come undone”

Sarah McLachlan – Song for My Father


“Beyond the door there’s peace I’m sure

And I know there’ll be no more tears in heaven”

Eric Clapton – Tears in Heaven


“I can’t believe you’re gone

You still live In me I feel you in the wind

You’ve got me constantly”

Alter Bridge – In Loving Memory


“Your body may be gone,

I’m gonna carry you in

In my head, in my heart, in my soul”

Modest Mouse – Ocean Breathes Salty


“If you’re not inside me, I’ll put my future in you”

Ed Sheeran – Small Bump


 “‘Cause my world keeps turning, and turning, and turning

And I’m not moving on”

Lady Gaga – I’ll Never Love Again


“You were mine always, and now you’re gone”

Judah & the Lion feat Kacey Musgraves – Pictures


“So come and find me In the darkest night of my soul

In the shadow of the valley”

Ellie Holcomb – The Valley


“Where is my friend when I need you most?

Gone away”

Duran Duran – Ordinary World


“My mother, my mother she’d hold me

Did she hold me, when I was out there

My father, my father, he liked me

Oh he liked me, does anyone care?”

The Cranberries – Ode to My Family


“Baby, I can see your halo

You know you’re my saving grace”

Beyonce – Halo


“Don’t you know I miss her, too

I miss her just as much as you”

Bear’s Den – Above the Clouds of Pompeii


“It’s two hearts living In two separate worlds”

Elton John – Sacrifice


“I am home, I know the way I am home, feeling oh, so far away”

Enya – Evening Falls


“Wake me up when September ends”

Green Day – Wake me Up When September Ends


“So now you start to recognize

That every single path you see

Leads to a tear in your eye”

Chris Cornell – Wave Goodbye


“But you, have disappeared

You have been released

You are flecks of light

You are missed”

Lucinda Williams – Copenhagen


“I can’t breathe”

Garner Family – I Can’t Breathe


“The world will turn and we’ll grow, we’ll learn how to be

To be incomplete”

James Bay – Incomplete


“Some of it’s magic, some of it’s tragic

But I had a good life all the way”

Jimmy Buffet – He Went to Paris


“There’s a time that I remember, when I did not know no pain

When I believed in forever, and everything would stay the same”

Maroon Five – Memories


“She swears she sees a brand new constellation every time somebody we know dies”

Defiance Ohio – You Are Loved


“Tears stream down your face

When you lose something you cannot replace”

Coldplay – Fix You


“I would give the world away

To have you by my side”

Mariah Carey – Til the End of Time


“Since you’ve been gone

I’ve had to find

Different ways to grieve”

Chris Young – Drowning


“How I wish, how I wish you were here”

Pink Floyd – Wish you Were Here


“When I fall asleep I can see your face

What I lost in you I will not replace”

Bleachers – Like a River Runs


“And I’d give up forever to touch you

‘Cause I know that you feel me somehow”

Goo Goo Dolls – Iris


“The moments when you’re in so deep

It feels easier to just swim down”

Hamilton – It’s Quiet Uptown


“Well I’d trade all my tomorrows for a single yesterday”

Me and Bobby McGee


“But Heaven couldn’t wait for you”

Beyonce – Heaven


“If I could tell you now, I’d tell you how the world is dark now that you’re missing”

For King & Country – Missing


“If I knew it would be the last time

I would’ve broke my heart in two

Tryin’ to save a part of you”

Lady Gaga – I’ll Never Love Again


“It’s just the promise of a day I know that some may never see”

Sarah Bareilles – Orpheus


“I gotta say, missing you comes in waves

And tonight I’m drowning”

Chris Young – Drowning


“Let it hurt”

Rascal Flatts – Let it Hurt


“You with the sad eyes

Don’t be discouraged”

Cyndi Lauper – True Colors


“I can’t look at this place

I can’t look at the stars

They make me wonder where you are”

Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Stars


“Every minute and every hour

I miss you, I miss you,

I miss you more”

Bastille – Good Grief


“I long to hear your voice as I remember it

But now I have no choice but to remember it”

AJJ – Your voice, as I remember it


“You taught me the courage of stars, before you left

How light carries on endlessly, even after death”

Sleeping at Last – Saturn


“You fly with angels wings

You’ve got my blood in your veins”

Stereophonics – You’re My Star


“But if you loved me

Why’d you leave me?”

Kodaline – All I Want


“It will all make sense tomorrow”

Jorja Smith – Tomorrow


“Won’t you stay a little while?

I never thought I’d see the day

I had to say goodbye”

Luke Combs – Even Though I’m Leaving


“Hey brother!

There’s an endless road to rediscover”

Avivii – Hey Brother


“But who am I supposed to talk to?

What am I supposed to do If there’s no you?”

Taylor Swift – Soon You’ll Get Better


“I go to pick the phone up every day

And imagine conversations we would say

But I’m always hanging up the same way And I walk, yeah I walk”

O.A.R. – Miss You All the Time


“All I ever wanted was your life

I got dosed by you and

Closer than most to you and

What am I supposed to do

Take it away I never had it anyway”

Red Hot Chili Peppers – Dosed


“And as you leave

See my children playing at your feet”

Mumford and Sons – Beloved


“Wait, if I’m on fire

How am I so deep in love?

When I dream of dyin’

I never feel so loved”

Shaed – Trampoline


“I close my eyes

And I’m seeing you everywhere I step outside

It’s like I’m breathing you in the air I can feel you’re there”

Andrea Bocelli – Fall On Me


“How am I gonna be an optimist about this?”

Bastille – Pompeii


“All these memories run my mind in slow motion”

Dermot Kennedy – Rome


“Don’t you cry for me ’cause I’m in God’s glory”

Lauren Alaina – The Other Side


“I am stretched on your grave

And will lie there forever”

Sinead O’Connor – I am Stretched on Your Grave


“Meet me in a land of hope and dreams”

Bruce Springsteen – Land of Hope and Dreams


“And I would have stayed up with you all night

Had I known how to save a life”

The Fray – How to Save a Life


“I love you to the moon and back my little winter bear

I know you know how much that is ’cause you’re already there”

Coby Grant – Winter Bear


“Come ye disconsolate, where’er ye languish your mind.”

Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway – Come Ye Disconsolate


“So when I need you can I send you a sign

I’ll burn a candle and turn off the lights

I’ll pick a star and watch you shine”

Pink – Beam Me Up


“And though you might be gone, and the world may not know

Still I see you, celestial”

Coldplay – Everglow


“When I got the news today I didn’t know what to say.

So I just hung up the phone.

I took a walk to clear my head, This is where the walking lead

Can’t believe you’re really gone”

Luke Bryan – Drink a Beer


“And before you leave

Remember I was with you”

Mumford & Sons – Beloved


Grief Lyrics Spotify Playlist:

We’ve compiled all the songs listed above on the following Spotify playlist:

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  1. Dan Janich  August 27, 2020 at 6:07 pm Reply

    The song is “Something to Get Through” by Willie Nelson.

    Something You Get Through
    Willie Nelson
    When you lose the one you love
    You think your world has ended
    You think your world will be a waste of life
    Without them in it
    You feel there’s no way to go on
    Life is just a sad, sad song
    But love is bigger than us all
    The end is not the end at all
    It’s not somethin’ you get over
    But it’s somethin’ you get through
    It’s not ours to be taken
    It’s just a thing we get to do
    Life goes on and on
    And when it’s gone
    It lives in someone new
    It’s not somethin’ you get over
    But it’s somethin’ you get through

  2. Jessie  August 25, 2020 at 11:52 am Reply

    “I can’t wait to figure out what’s wrong with me, so I can say this is the way that I used to be. There’s no substitute for time.”
    John Mayer, “Split Screen Sadness”

  3. Dan Janich  August 5, 2020 at 12:44 pm Reply

    Goodbye by Kenny Rogers

  4. kristi  August 4, 2020 at 7:07 pm Reply

    “All the love’s still there I just don’t know what to do with it now.”
    -Stay by Mayday Parade.

    “Tell me how to feel about you now, let me know, do I suffocate or let go.”
    -Tell Me How by Paramore.

    Also, the poem that will always take it home:
    W.H. Auden
    Funeral Blues
    Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,
    Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,
    Silence the pianos and with muffled drum
    Bring out the coffin, let the mourners come.

    Let aeroplanes circle moaning overhead
    Scribbling on the sky the message ‘He is Dead’.
    Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,
    Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves.

    He was my North, my South, my East and West,
    My working week and my Sunday rest,
    My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song;
    I thought that love would last forever: I was wrong.

    The stars are not wanted now; put out every one,
    Pack up the moon and dismantle the sun,
    Pour away the ocean and sweep up the wood;
    For nothing now can ever come to any good.

  5. Wise Woman  July 25, 2020 at 7:45 am Reply

    You and me against the world,
    Sometimes it seems like you and me against the world,
    When all the others turn their backs and walked away,
    You can count on me to stay.

    And when one of us is gone,
    And one of us is left to carry on,
    Then remembering will have to do,
    Our memories alone will get us through
    Think about the days of me and you,
    Of you and me against the world.

    -Helen Reddy

  6. Joan  July 16, 2020 at 1:35 pm Reply

    Dancing in the Sky

    By Dani and Lizzy

    Tell me, what does it look like in heaven?
    Is it peaceful? Is it free like they say?
    Does the sun shine bright forever?
    Have your fears and your pain gone away?
    ‘Cause here on earth it feels like
    Everything good is missing since you left
    And here on earth everything’s different
    There’s an emptiness

    Oh, oh, I
    I hope you’re dancing in the sky
    And I hope you’re singing in the angel’s choir
    And I hope the angels know what they have
    I’ll bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived

    So tell me, what do you do up in heaven?
    Are your days filled with love and light?
    Is there music? Is there art and adventure?
    Tell me are you happy? Are you more alive?
    ‘Cause here on earth it feels like
    Everything good is missing since you left
    And here on earth everything’s different
    There’s an emptiness

    Oh, oh, I
    I hope you’re dancing in the sky
    And I hope you’re singing in the angel’s choir
    And I hope the angels know what they have
    I’ll bet it’s so nice up in heaven since you arrived
    Since you arrived

  7. Cláudia  July 11, 2020 at 10:58 am Reply

    Hi,
    the whole album by Sufjan Stevens “Carrie & Lowell” is his manifestation of grieve and adaptation process to his mother’s death.
    Here, I expose an excerpt of “The only thing”

    The only thing that keeps me from driving this car
    Half-light, jack knife into the canyon at night
    Signs and wonders: Perseus aligned with the skull
    Slain Medusa, Pegasus alight from us all

    Do I care if I survive this? Bury the dead where they’re found
    In a veil of great surprises; I wonder, did you love me at all?

    The only thing that keeps me from cutting my arm
    Cross hatch, warm bath, Holiday Inn after dark
    Signs and wonders: water stain riding the wall
    Daniel’s message: blood of the moon on us all

    Do I care if I despise this? Nothing else matters, I know
    In a veil of great disguises; how do I live with your ghost?

    Should I tear my eyes out now?
    Everything I see returns to you, somehow
    Should I tear my heart out now?
    Everything I feel returns to you, somehow
    I want to save you from your sorrow

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  8. Roxanne Gilman  June 24, 2020 at 10:29 pm Reply

    Instrumental: In A Spanish Mood by The Aqua Velvets. Contemplative melancholy.
    Complicated deaths, he/she had an affair, anger/grief, getting free of any toxic relationship:
    Slightly Hung Over, a slow beautiful blues number by Blues Delight and
    On The Road Again by Canned Heat, sung by Alan Wilson. if your mom was heartless/mentally ill.
    Wayfaring Stranger by these two singers: Trace Adkins and version by Emmylou Harris
    Kol Nidra – Jewish anthem of centuries of grief for the world, sung by Johnny Mathis at a young
    age, he’s channeling something so deep. When you’re so soul weary you could scream at
    deaths like suicide, or deaths of mystery.
    Simple Man by Lynyrd Skynyrd – Midlife crisis: men. Business losses, betrayal of business partner.
    Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child – haven’t we all been here?
    Little Wing by Jimi Hendrix – my spin on this is it’s about the spirit or angel of an innocent child, of either gender. “When I’m sad, she comes to me, with a thousand smiles she gives to me free….”

  9. Olivia  June 24, 2020 at 8:26 pm Reply

    “There’s a grief that can’t be spoken,
    And there’s a pain goes on and on.
    Empty chairs at emtpy tables.
    Now my friends and dead and gone”
    Les miserables – empty chairs at empty tables

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  10. Cathy Senecal-Rice  June 24, 2020 at 8:00 pm Reply

    I’ll be seeing you in all the old familiar places, that my heart embraces all day long. In the small cafe, the park where children play, the carousel, the chestnut tree, the wishing well.
    I’ll Be Seeing You
    Billie Holiday

  11. Gary B  June 24, 2020 at 5:42 pm Reply

    Oh where Oh where can my baby be?
    The Lord took her away from me.
    Shes gone to heaven so I got to be good.
    So I can see my baby when I leave this world.
    Eddie Vedder-Pearl Jam

  12. MAURA C. MANGAN-WYROCK  June 24, 2020 at 3:21 pm Reply

    Into the West
    Annie Lennox
    Lay down
    Your sweet and weary head
    The night is falling
    You have come to journey’s end
    Sleep now
    And dream of the ones who came before
    They are calling
    From across the distant shore
    Why do you weep?
    What are these tears upon your face?
    Soon you will see
    All of your fears will pass away
    Safe in my arms
    You’re only sleeping
    What can you see
    On the horizon?
    Why do the white gulls call?
    Across the sea
    A pale moon rises
    The ships have come to carry you home
    And all will turn
    To silver glass
    A light on the water
    All Souls pass
    Hope fades
    Into the world of night
    Through shadows…

  13. Ami Muse  June 24, 2020 at 3:14 pm Reply

    Did he see you from a long way off
    Running to him with a Father’s heart
    Did you wrap him up inside your arms
    And let him know, that he’s home.

    Toby Mac- 21 Years

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  14. Jane  June 24, 2020 at 3:00 pm Reply

    When you’re sad and when you’re lonely
    And you haven’t got a friend
    Just remember that death is not the end
    And all that you held sacred
    Falls down and does not mend
    Just remember that death is not the end
    Not the end, not the end
    Just remember that death is not the end
    When you’re standin’ on the crossroads
    That you cannot comprehend
    Just remember that death is not the end
    And all your dreams have vanished
    And you don’t know what’s up the bend
    Just remember that death is not the end

    – Bob Dylan, “Death Is Not the End”

  15. Julie Sears  June 24, 2020 at 2:57 pm Reply

    If you ask me how I’m doin’
    I would say I’m doin’ just fine
    I would lie and say that you’re not on my mind
    But I go out and I sit down at a table set for two (instead of three – my words)
    And finally I’m forced to face the truth
    No matter what I say I’m not over you.

    “Not Over You” – Gavin DeGraw

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  16. Sandra  June 24, 2020 at 2:45 pm Reply

    Did you ever know that you’re my hero
    And everything I would like to be?
    I can fly higher than an eagle
    For you are the wind beneath my wings
    – Bette Midler. Wind beneath my wings.

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  17. Jamie  June 24, 2020 at 1:55 pm Reply

    There’s always some reason
    To feel not good enough
    And it’s hard at the end of the day
    I need some distraction
    Oh, beautiful release
    Memories seep from my veins
    Let me be empty
    Oh, and weightless, and maybe
    I’ll find some peace tonight
    (Arms of the Angels) Sarah McLaughlin
    ??
    I cried so much working on this. All I want to do is sleep and forget.

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  18. Brenda  June 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm Reply

    Don’t tell me when I’m grieving
    That this happened for a reason
    Maybe one day we’ll talk about the dreams that had to die
    For new ones to come alive
    But not right now

    “Not Right Now” by Jason Gray

  19. Mary Elizabeth Kearney  June 24, 2020 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Holding you,
    I held everything.
    And for a moment,
    Wasn’t I the king?
    But if I’d only known
    How the king would fall
    Hey, who’s to say?
    You know,
    I might’ve changed it all.
    And now,
    I’m glad I didn’t know
    The way it all would end,
    The way it all would go.
    Our lives,
    Are better left
    To chance.
    I could’ve missed the pain,
    But, I’d have had to miss
    the dance.

  20. Miosho  June 21, 2020 at 4:39 pm Reply

    I cried for you
    And the sky cried for you,
    And when you went
    I became a hopeless drifter.
    But this life was not for you,
    Though I learned from you,
    That beauty need only be a whisper..

    I Cried For You – Katie Melua

  21. mary  June 19, 2020 at 9:09 pm Reply

    From Where You Are
    Lifehouse
    So far away from where you are
    These miles have torn us worlds apart
    And I miss you
    Yeah, I miss you
    So far away from where you are
    Standing underneath the stars
    And I wish you were here
    I miss the years that were erased
    I miss the way the sunshine would light up your face
    I miss all the little things I never thought that they?d mean everything to me
    Yeah, I miss you
    And I wish you were here
    I feel the beating of your heart
    I see the shadows of your face
    Just know that wherever you are
    Yeah, I miss you
    And I wish you were here
    I miss the years that were erased
    I miss the way the sunshine would…

  22. momjbr  June 18, 2020 at 6:54 pm Reply

    But I believe you will
    And someday your broken heart will mend
    I know it will
    And you will find your smile again …
    -CeCe Winans

  23. Dena  June 16, 2020 at 10:40 pm Reply

    I will see you again,
    This is not where it ends
    I will carry you with me,
    ‘Till I see you again

    See You Again by Carrie Underwood.

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  24. Terri Rafter  June 16, 2020 at 12:47 pm Reply

    See honey, I saw love, you see it came to me
    It put its face up to my face so I could see
    Yeah, then I saw love disfigure me
    Into something I am not recognizing

    Phosphorescent – “Song For Zula”

  25. Kate Boyes  June 15, 2020 at 9:27 am Reply

    Light up light up
    As if you have a choice
    Even if you cannot hear my voice
    I’ll be right beside you dear.

    Snow Patrol…Run.

  26. Lorianne  June 11, 2020 at 11:02 pm Reply

    If heaven was a town it would be my town
    On a summer day in 1985
    And everything i wanted was out there waitin
    And everyone i loved was still alive

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  27. Z’smum  June 11, 2020 at 9:42 pm Reply

    This world was never meant for one as beautiful as you. – Don Maclean, Starry starry night

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  28. Lori  June 11, 2020 at 9:47 am Reply

    If I had just one wish, it would be that you didn’t have to miss this. You should be here.
    – you should be here Cole Swindell

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