Many people are experiencing difficult times right now. Some of the troubles are, or will be, faced by all of us at one time or another - a parent in declining health, our personal wellness challenges, loss of a loved one. And the economy is causing grief, anquish and hardship for more and more folks each day.


As Tom Johnston once sang, "Music is the doctor." Music can calm, soothe, inspire, lift one's spirits. Help me. What are some songs that inspire and give you hope?  Here are some of mine.


Willin' - Little Feat

I Hope You Dance - Lee Ann Womack

From A Distance - Nanci Griffith

To Live's To Fly - Townes Van Zandt

Listen To The Radio -  Kathy Mattea

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Here are 10 that lift my spirits.


Feelin' Good Again - Robert Earl Keen

Heavenly Day - Patty Griffin

Windfall - Son Volt

Come a Long Way - Michelle Shocked

Play a Train Song - Robert Earl Keen

Amarillo By Morning - George Strait

This Old Porch - Lyle Lovett

Let the Light In - Bob Schneider

The Hard Way Every Time - Jim Croce

It's Hard to Be Humble - Mac Davis


The Hard Way Every Time--GREAT call on that one!

Billy Bragg -- I Keep Faith

Richard Shindell -- The Last Fare of the Day

Neil Ypung -- Lookin' for a Love

Bob Dylan -- Forever Young (The Last Waltz version)

Speaking with the Angels -- Ron Sexsmith

Polaroids -- Richmond Fontaine

peter gabriel/kate bush--don't give up

A few that come to mind-

Mercy Now - Mary Gauthier

I Have a Good Day - Paul Thorn

I'm Not Walkin' Alone - Dead Men's Hollow

We Are - Daisy May

Wading Deep Waters - Crooked Still

I'll Be There - Ember

Spade and the Hoe - Ember

River of Love by T-Bone Burnett

Climb On/Shawn Colvin

One Tongue/Hothouse Flowers


I love this Song - One Tongue / Hothouse Flowers.  It is beautiful and encouraging - this song always makes me want to order post office flowers from uk and decorate my house with them so I can have the hope all around me at any given point of time I need it.

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Box of Rain- Grateful Dead

What Light- Wilco

Soulshine- Allman Brothers...not exactly, but make me feel hopeful!

Shelter Me, Buddy Miller

Satan Your Kingdom Must Come Down, The Band of Joy

Be Thou My Vision, old Celtic hymn (sounds Celtic anyway, i could be wrong)

Till The End of The Day, the Kinks (just makes me happy)

anything by the Young Rascals, The Turtles, or the Lovin Spoonful

Christmas In My Soul, Laura Nyro


Victoria, 'Be Thou My Vision' is such a beautiful hymn (I grew up hearing and singing it).

                    Another hymn that gave great comfort to my father was, '(There Is a) Balm in Gilead'.



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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.