Most touching poem, song, or except that evoked your feelings?

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Whats the most touching poem, song, or except that evoked your positive emotional feelings? What does it say about you?

Just to share: This song touched me and inspired me to continue helping people by means of volunteering and even just respecting people and lending them hands when they need help even when they're strangers to you.

I really think that things like this teach us things about ourselves and our lives in general. Feel free to share! =]
 
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I saw that movie recently, really good.
 
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Also, does anyone know how you can download the background music (without the artist singing)? Can you search for these online or can you edit it yourself? If you can search, what keywords do you type? Thanks!
 
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Though it cannot always be avoided, I think this music video sums up my feeling about war as well as anything I've seen. Watch the eyes. I find many of these images absolutely haunting.

Maybe the day will come when we can find an end to this madness.
 
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If by Rudyard Kipling... and Invictus (by William Ernst Henley I think), A psalm of life (H.W. Longfellow), Nothing Else Matters (Metallica), Somewhere I Belong (LP), Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd).
 
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Whats the most touching poem, song, or except that evoked your positive emotional feelings? What does it say about you?

Just to share: This song touched me and inspired me to continue helping people by means of volunteering and even just respecting people and lending them hands when they need help even when they're strangers to you.

I really think that things like this teach us things about ourselves and our lives in general. Feel free to share! =]
Celion Dion's theme song of the Titanic. Shows that love is more powerful than anything.
 
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I've never read the lyrics, but Cats in the Cradle is supposed to make you cry if you actually pay attention to the lyrics.
 
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It little profits that an idle king,
By this still hearth, among these barren crags,
Match'd with an aged wife, I mete and dole
Unequal laws unto a savage race,
That hoard, and sleep, and feed, and know not me.

I cannot rest from travel: I will drink
Life to the lees: all times I have enjoyed
Greatly, have suffered greatly, both with those
That loved me, and alone; on shore, and when
Through scudding drifts the rainy Hyades
Vexed the dim sea: I am become a name;
For always roaming with a hungry heart
Much have I seen and known; cities of men
And manners, climates, councils, governments,
Myself not least, but honoured of them all;
And drunk delight of battle with my peers;
Far on the ringing plains of windy Troy.
I am part of all that I have met;
Yet all experience is an arch wherethrough
Gleams that untravelled world, whose margin fades
For ever and for ever when I move.
How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
To rust unburnished, not to shine in use!
As though to breath were life. Life piled on life
Were all too little, and of one to me
Little remains: but every hour is saved
From that eternal silence, something more,
A bringer of new things; and vile it were
For some three suns to store and hoard myself,
And this grey spirit yearning in desire
To follow knowledge like a sinking star,
Beyond the utmost bound of human thought.

This is my son, mine own Telemachus,
To whom I leave the sceptre and the isle —
Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfil
This labour, by slow prudence to make mild
A rugged people, and through soft degrees
Subdue them to the useful and the good.
Most blameless is he, centred in the sphere
Of common duties, decent not to fail
In offices of tenderness, and pay
Meet adoration to my household gods,
When I am gone. He works his work, I mine.

There lies the port; the vessel puffs her sail:
There gloom the dark broad seas. My mariners,
Souls that have toil'd, and wrought, and thought with me —
That ever with a frolic welcome took
The thunder and the sunshine, and opposed
Free hearts, free foreheads — you and I are old;
Old age hath yet his honour and his toil;
Death closes all: but something ere the end,
Some work of noble note, may yet be done,
Not unbecoming men that strove with Gods.
The lights begin to twinkle from the rocks:
The long day wanes: the slow moon climbs: the deep
Moans round with many voices. Come, my friends,
'Tis not too late to seek a newer world.
Push off, and sitting well in order smite
The sounding furrows; for my purpose holds
To sail beyond the sunset, and the baths
Of all the western stars, until I die.
It may be that the gulfs will wash us down:
It may be we shall touch the Happy Isles,
And see the great Achilles, whom we knew

Tho' much is taken, much abides; and though
We are not now that strength which in old days
Moved earth and heaven; that which we are, we are;
One equal temper of heroic hearts,
Made weak by time and fate, but strong in will
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
 
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Though it cannot always be avoided, I think this music video sums up my feeling about war as well as anything I've seen. Watch the eyes. I find many of these images absolutely haunting.
Pretty powerful stuff. Many images from Chechnya, and possibly from Kosovo or Bosna-Hercegovina

Maybe the day will come when we can find an end to this madness.
I wish. Too many people willing to go to war and kill people for some reason they don't understand. :frown:

I sometimes wonder if the world is going collectively insane when I look at what's going on. I'm sure people thought that in WWII, the Korean War, Vietnam War, and now the war in Iraq.

Seems to be a lot of anger in the world at the moment, a lot of axiety, and a lot of hurt.
 
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Whats the most touching poem, song, or except that evoked your positive emotional feelings? What does it say about you?
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=5153834567666895734&q=god+bless+the+usa&total=758&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=2 [Broken]

I'm not religious, but the song "God Bless the USA" touches me each time I hear it. It's not pro-war, but it's very pro-troops.


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I've always loved this by Billy Joel.

and so it goes

In every heart there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong
To heal the wounds from lovers past
Until a new one comes along

I spoke to you in cautious tones
You answered me with no pretense
And still I feel I said too much
My silence is my self defense

And every time I've held a rose
It seems I only felt the thorns
And so it goes, and so it goes
And so will you soon I suppose

But if my silence made you leave
Then that would be my worst mistake
So I will share this room with you
And you can have this heart to break

And this is why my eyes are closed
It's just as well for all I've seen
And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows

So I would choose to be with you
That's if the choice were mine to make
But you can make decisions too
And you can have this heart to break

And so it goes, and so it goes
And you're the only one who knows.
 
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Bridge over troubled water - Simon and Garfunkel 1970

When youre weary, feeling small,
When tears are in your eyes, I will dry them all;
I'm on your side. When times get rough
And friends just can't be found,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

When you're down and out,
When you're on the street,
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you.
I'll take your part.
When darkness comes
And pains is all around,
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down.

Sail on silvergirl,
Sail on by.
Your time has come to shine.
All your dreams are on their way.
See how they shine.
If you need a friend
I'm sailing right behind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.
 
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Joe Cocker - You are so beautiful

(live from Montreux 1987)

You are so beautiful to me
You are so beautiful to me
Can't you see
Your everything I hoped for
Your everything I need
You are so beautiful to me

Such joy and happiness you bring
Such joy and happiness you bring
Like a dream
A guiding light that shines in the night
Heavens gift to me
You are so beautiful to me

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The Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You
best sung by Art Garfunkel

My love must be a kind of blind love
I can't see anyone but you.

Are the stars out tonight?
I don't know if it's cloudy or bright
I Only Have Eyes For You, Dear.

The moon maybe high
but I can't see a thing in the sky,
'Cause I Only Have Eyes For You.

I don't know if we're in a garden,
or on a crowded avenue.

You are here
So am I
Maybe millions of people go by,
but they all disappear from view.
And I Only Have Eyes For You.

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Unchained Melody
Lyrics by Hy Zaret, Music by Alex North
Sang by The Righteous Brothers

Oh, my love, my darling,
I've hungered for your touch a long,
lonely time. Time goes by so slowly
and time can do so much.
Are you still mine?

I need your love.
I need your love.
God speed your love to me.

Lonely rivers flow to the sea, to the sea,
to the open arms of the sea.
Lonely rivers sigh, wait for me,
wait for me.
I'll be coming home, wait for me.

Oh, my love, my darling,
I've hungered for your touch a long
lonely time. Time, goes by so slowly,
and time can do so much,
Are you still mine?

I need your love.
I need your love.
God speed your love, to me.

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I can't turn back time,
but if I could,
find you I would,
and make things better.

Excerpt from life
 
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Restless Farewell (Bob Dylan)

O all the money that in my whole life I did spend,
Be it mine right or wrongfully,
I let it slip gladly past the hands of my friends
To tie up the time most forcefully.
But the bottles are done,
We've killed each one
And the table's full and overflowed.
And the corner sign
Says it's closing time,
So I'll bid farewell and be down the road.

Oh ev'ry girl that ever I've touched,
I did not do it harmfully.
And ev'ry girl that ever I've hurt,
I did not do it knowin'ly.
But to remain as friends and make amends
You need the time and stay behind.
And since my feet are now fast
And point away from the past,
I'll bid farewell and be down the line.

Oh ev'ry foe that ever I faced,
The cause was there before we came.
And ev'ry cause that ever I fought,
I fought it full without regret or shame.
But the dark does die
As the curtain is drawn and somebody's eyes
Must meet the dawn.
And if I see the day
I'd only have to stay,
So I'll bid farewell in the night and be gone.

Oh, ev'ry thought that's strung a knot in my mind,
I might go insane if it couldn't be sprung.
But it's not to stand naked under unknowin' eyes,
It's for myself and my friends my stories are sung.
But the time ain't tall,
Yet on time you depend and no word is possessed
By no special friend.
And though the line is cut,
It ain't quite the end,
I'll just bid farewell till we meet again.

Oh a false clock tries to tick out my time
To disgrace, distract, and bother me.
And the dirt of gossip blows into my face,
And the dust of rumors covers me.
But if the arrow is straight
And the point is slick,
It can pierce through dust no matter how thick.
So I'll make my stand
And remain as I am
And bid farewell and not give a damn.
 
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I've never read the lyrics, but Cats in the Cradle is supposed to make you cry if you actually pay attention to the lyrics.

Here is an updated version of Cats In The Cradle.



After hearing the original a long time ago I started spending a lot more time with my children.


Cat Stevens - Cats In The Cradle Lyrics



Cats In The CradleA child arrived just the other day,
came to the world in the usual way,
But there were planes to catch
and bills to pay, he learned to walk while I was away
He was talking before I knew it and as he grew
he said I'm going to be like you Dad,
you know I'm going to be like you.

Chorus :
And the cat's in the cradle,
and the silver spoon, Little Boy Blue,
and the Man in the Moon,
When you coming home son, I don't know when
We'll get together then, you know we'll have a good time then.

My son turned 10 just the other day,
Said thanks for the ball now c'mon let's play
Will you teach me to throw, I said not today,
I've got a lot to do, he said that's ok
And he walked away and he smiled and he said
You know I'm going to be like you, Dad,
you know I'm going to be like you.

Chorus.

He came from college just the other day,
so much like a man I just had to say,
I'm proud of you, won't you sit for a while
He shook his head and said with a smile,
What I'm feeling like, Dad, is to borrow the car keys
See you later can I have them please.

Chorus.

I've long since retired and my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I'd like to see you, if you don't mind
He said I'd love to Dad, if I could find the time
You see my new job's a hassle and the kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking you Dad, it's been real nice talking to you.
And as I hung up the phone it occured to me
He'd grown up just like me, my boy was just like me.
 
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I'm actually greatly moved by a poem by our very own Warren Craddock (Chroot) - "Knowledge is Power": https://www.physicsforums.com/showthread.php?t=15491

Don't listen when they tell you
"KNOWLEDGE IS POWER."
Knowledge, in the end, buys
only fear, isolation, and sadness.
Knowledge is darkness.
Knowledge is sitting alone
in the dark in your bedroom
listening to wonderful music that
you can't share with anyone because
no one you know has ever heard of it.
Knowledge is your girlfriend
telling you she doesn't want you to
meet her friends because they
probably wouldn't like you
because you're too clean cut.
Because you wear the wrong clothes.
("Who shops at Banana Republic
when they're 24 anyway?" she'll say.)
Because you don't worry about how
you're going to pay the rent next
month like everyone else.
Because they don't understand your
problems, and, try as you might,
you don't understand theirs either.
Because you won't understand how
anyone could enjoy ketamine.
Listen to me.
Knowledge is never fitting in.
Knowledge is being misunderstood.
Knowledge lets you see the future
for the darkness that it really is.
Should you ever want to understand
one more equation, or read one more
obscure novel, remind yourself that
every symbol you recognize and every
word you read separates you from
everyone else. One day you'll put
down the books and find yourself
in the middle of a party,
surrounded by drunk, high,
beautiful women
who don't like you because you
don't care what happened on their
favorite TV shows last night.
You're going to wish
to hell and back
that you could care,
but you can't, and they'll see it.
No matter how hard you try,
you'll always be different,
and they'll always see it.
One day you'll wish
you could give up
every clear thought,
every gorgeous understanding
you've won through
all that hard work.
You'll wish you could trade it all
just to be normal.
Just to fit in.
But you can't.
What's done is done.
And you'll have to live
with it
forever.
 
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That poem about the soldier on christmas, but I can't find it. Anyone know what I'm talking about?
 
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Knowledge is never fitting in.
Knowledge is being misunderstood.
Knowledge lets you see the future
for the darkness that it really is.
Should you ever want to understand
one more equation, or read one more
obscure novel, remind yourself that
every symbol you recognize and every
word you read separates you from
everyone else. One day you'll put
down the books and find yourself
in the middle of a party,
surrounded by drunk, high,
beautiful women
who don't like you because you
don't care what happened on their
favorite TV shows last night.
You're going to wish
to hell and back
that you could care,
but you can't, and they'll see it.
No matter how hard you try,
you'll always be different,
and they'll always see it.
One day you'll wish
you could give up
every clear thought,
every gorgeous understanding
you've won through
all that hard work.
You'll wish you could trade it all
just to be normal.
Just to fit in.
But you can't.
What's done is done.
And you'll have to live
with it
forever.
I hope that doesnt happen to me. That would be terrible. Almost wish there could be a compromise...
 
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When you find the one. :smile:

Journey - "When you love a woman"

When you love a woman
You see your world inside her eyes
When you love a woman
You know she's standin' by your side
A joy that lasts forever

There's a band of gold that shines waiting somewhere...oh yeah
If I can't believe that someone is true
To fall in love is so hard to do
I hope and pray tonight
Somewhere you're thinkin' of me girl


Journey - Faithfully (1983)

Highway run
Into the midnight sun
Wheels go round and round
You're on my mind
Restless hearts
Sleep alone tonight
Sendin' all my love
Along the wire

They say that the road
Ain't no place to start a family
Right down the line
It's been you and me
And lovin' a music man
Ain't always what its supposed to be
Oh girl you stand by me
I'm forever yours...faithfully

Circus life
Under the big top world
We all need the clowns
To make us smile
Through space and time
Always another show
Wondering where I am
Lost without you

And being apart ain't easy
On this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy
Of rediscovering you
Oh girl, you stand by me
I'm forever yours...faithfully

Oh, oh, oh, oh
Faithfully, I'm still yours
I'm forever yours
Ever yours...faithfully
 
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