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Recovery Music - A Bus to Baton Rouge

Discussion in 'Freedom from Hell ~ Staying Clean~' started by peacenik, May 21, 2006.

  1. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Hey guys,
    A while back I shared a song about pain and loss by Kate Rusby. Since it's Sunday afternoon again, I thought I'd offer up another one.

    Since I've gotten clean I've been very impressed with songwriters who can not only sing and write, but are able to share deep feelings of recovery and personal growth.

    Probably you guys have heard of Lucinda Williams, she's one of the great ones as far as writing about growing through dysfuncional families, alcoholism, etc. Since we were on the subject of the "inner child" before, I thought I'd share Lucinda's "A Bus To Baton Rouge". It's a song about looking back at what has brought us where we are. A deceptively deep song, it's title has become synonymous to me with the journey of self discovery.

    I hope you like it:

    this is folk music btw......

  2. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    recovery music for the over 40 crowd

    I've seen some great threads pointing to music that means a lot in recovery. I kinda hesitate adding some of my favorites because, well, I'm from the old days :) and I fear the younger crowd might not get the older music (kinda like I don't get the new [:p])

    Anyway, I've been here at ODR a long time so I'm going to take the liberty of starting my own thread. I'm going to share some of the music that has moved me. I've written before that after getting clean I started looking and listening in a whole new way...through the eyes and ears of recovery. It's amazing the beautiful and deep music that is out there and it's so great to be able to hear it.

    I'm going to start right off with a song that has very special meanings for me....it's probably the quintesssential recovery song and no, I can't listen without the tears coming but that is fine, I love having a heart:
    The Song of Bernadette

    There was a child named bernadette
    I heard the story long ago
    She saw the queen of heaven once
    And kept the vision in her soul
    No one believed what she had seen
    No one believed what she heard
    But there were sorrows to be here
    And mercy, mercy in this world

    So many hearts I find, broke like yours and mine
    Torn by what weve done and cant undo
    I just wanna hold you, come on let me hold you
    Like bernadette would do

    Weve been around, we fall, we fly
    We mostly fall, we mostly run
    And every now and then we try
    To mend the damage that weve done
    Tonight, tonight I just cant rest
    Ive got this joy inside my breast
    To think that I did not forget that child
    That song of bernadette

    So many hearts I find, broke like yours and mine
    Torn by what weve done and cant undo
    I just wanna hold you, wont let me hold you
    Like bernadette would do
    I just wanna hold you, come on let me hold you
    Like bernadette would do

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  3. tubalkain

    tubalkain Well-Known Member

  4. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Nice tubal. I'm not familiar with her, but I do listen to African music. Oremi, by Angelique Kidjo is a favorite, and of course I remember Miriam McKeba. Her "Pata Pata" is on my ipod in the truck and always brings a big smile to my face when it comes up.


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  5. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    and I know probably partly in jest, but I wasn't really thinking of music that would get you laid as you put it. Actually, at this time I'm more into learning how to be a better husband and father. Going through the stages that come up in a relationship, especially true for a recovering addict.

    When I went through a rough patch some years ago in my marriage and recovery, this song became a favorite:

    The Water is Wide

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  6. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    I hope the rest of us over the hill gang will share some of the music that inspires you.:)

    There came a time in my new life that I could afford a home of our own, and I got a real nice stereo and TV. One of the first DVDs I got was A Night in Tuscany, by Andrea Bocelli. What a beautiful concert. It takes place outdoors in Pisa Italy. Someday I'm going to take my wife and daughter there....

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  7. kunzite52

    kunzite52 Well-Known Member

    Peacenik, thank you so much for the song of Bernadette. I have saved it and sent it on to some friends. I cannot believe I never heard this song before! Especially when I saw it was written by Leonard Cohen! I just joined this forum. My son is an addict. He will turn 30 in February. Seems since I was 21 my life has been about addiction, while I walked away from it, nearly everyone close to me wrestled with it or died from it. I looked at your picture and name and thought, I know this generation, I am at home here. All the best and thank you again for the song. Annie

    Anne Walker
  8. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    You've really gone and made my day Annie. I'm really glad you've joined us. :)

    And of course you're welcome for the song. It comes from Jennifer Warnes best known cd "Famous Blue Raincoat" which is made up entirely of songs by Leonard Cohen. It's fantastic and was remastered/re-released about a year ago.

    But beyond the music Annie I hope you'll read all around the forum. This is a very special place.

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  9. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

    omg, I can't believe I forgot to put Famous Blue Raincoat on my iPod. Dave, thanks for reminding me.

    I also love "Joan of Arc":

    She said, "I'm tired of the war;
    I want the work I had before"

    And L. Cohen's "Hallelujah":

    There's a blaze of light
    In every word
    It doesn't matter which you heard
    The holy or the broken Hallelujah

    Also, late ’60s & early ’70s Van Morrison (Tupelo Honey & before) makes me crazy happy:

    And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
    And when the fog horn blows I want to hear it
    I don't have to fear it
    And I want to rock your gypsy soul
    Just like way back in the days of old
    And magnificently we will flow into the mystic

    Also "Brown Eyed Girl" ... :D --G
  10. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Hi guinevere,
    Oh yeah, Joan of Arc is one of the most powerful songs ever! It's one I just can't help blasting very loud in my trucks strero :)

    I looked and couldn't find a copy on youtube. But Annie, or anyone, if you want to hear it let me know.

    Love Van Morrison too of course. He's got some real recovery stuff like And the Healing has Begun....from Astral Weeks

    This lyric is just so appropriate to this thread dont you think?

    And we'll walk down the avenue again
    And we'll sing all the songs from way back when
    And we'll walk down the avenue again when the healing has begun

    thanks for shaing G :)
    Have you ever heard Kate Rusby?


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  11. guinevere64

    guinevere64 Well-Known Member

  12. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Well after some years in recovery I had a difficult time and my family and I moved all the way across the country. Funny, it took a crisis for me to put aside the fear and today I'm so happy living out here in California.

    I work with a helper who is from Mexico and we listen to Mexican music on the radio every day. It was on "ciento quatro punto cinquo"
    that,ironically, I first heard the Italian singer Laura Pausini.

    This is from her DVD San Siro and you've really got to see it on the big screen. It just amazes me what a star she is in Europe. Check out the huge, adoring crowd, the pouring down rain.....just a spectacular show......Incancellabile:

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  13. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    Well...as a member of the over 40, there are alot of songs that come to mind.most of which I still have on 8 track.[:I]

    But you brought up the dad thing.Take a second out and listen to this HS sophmore....not an old song...but.

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  14. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    Wow Jay a beautiful and talented young lady :)

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  15. Bonita

    Bonita Well-Known Member

    Love this thread...... I have got to get a ipod, come into the century. Can I transfer the music from u-tube on a ipod...or is this stealing.

    I really don't get how it all works.

    I see a "shuffle" for about 50 bucks... that seems reasonable. anyone have a suggestion what I should get. I use Windows as far as pc.

    I have a lot of cd's but they have been saltified but time out at sea. I hate to spend the $$ buying them again. Not sure how this all works. One of my workers offered to download music for me if I give him the ipod or mp3... what is best. I would also like to put photos on the thing.

    this ole lady needs to catch up with the times.
  16. jdude

    jdude Well-Known Member

    LOL....Bonita, I spent the last 3 years on dial up.:( Just got the DSL in our chicken coop infested area.;) The first couple of nights I was making up web sites to see how fast they'd come up...and some did.[:0] I think there are some things our age group's HP won't help with. You must have a teen in the family to help?[^] That's what I do.

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  17. peacenik

    peacenik Administrator

    If you want photos or videos a shuffle wont work you should probably get a nano, which is nice and compact, or an ipod touch which is bigger and costs more but can play movies, and games and you can even get on wireless internet with it.

    If you get one, let me know and I'll try to help you get some music for it :)

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  18. kunzite52

    kunzite52 Well-Known Member

    And the Healing has begun~how could I not know it, probably need to hear it! I sent the lyrics to Mike and told him to go and find it and play it on the guitar. I used to play and still do on rare occasion, well of course I do I am a flower child pacifistic lover of the earth from the 60s~smile!
    All relationships are difficult with the addict, no matter what the stage I think. It is like most of us have periods of vulnerability but when an addict does it can be life on a precipice. And falling is not hard. But we can handle what we are given in life. And we must believe that strongly, problem is that things like fear can get in the way of hope and moving forward. More songs PeaceMan! Please, I know them all but they are deeply placed in the back of my mind and I have trouble accessing the files! Peace on Earth! And Good Will brings Good tidings! ~hugs annie


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