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?
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
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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