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” Feels Like Fire – Ryan Adams

“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

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

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21 Comments on "What’s Your Grief Lyric?"

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  1. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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”

  6. 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.

  7. 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

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

    From Where You Are
    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…

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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

  15. 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”

  16. 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

  17. 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…

  18. 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

  19. 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

  20. 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

  21. 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….”

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