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08-16-2004, 09:46 PM
My seventeen year old granddaughter will be leaving home for the first time in a few months. Her mother would like to put together a CD of some songs that are positive and upbeat. The songs should be things that will lift her spirits when she's down and keep her in contact with her own strength and new found freedom.

(Doesn't she have just the coolest mom ever!)

The songs can be from any time period.

Please give the title, artist and, if you know, the CD that it is on.


08-16-2004, 10:12 PM
My "leaving home" anthem was the Dixie Chicks' "Wide Open Spaces," on the album of the same name.

Who doesn't know what I'm talking about?
Who's never left home? Who's never struck out
To find a dream and a life of their own?
A place in the clouds, a foundation of stone...
As her folks drive away, her dad yells "Check the oil!"
Her mama stares out the window and says "I'm leaving my girl."
She says it didn't seem like that long ago
When she stood there and let her own folks know

08-16-2004, 10:20 PM
Room to Move - John Mayall
I'm Free - The Who
Urge for Going - Joni Mitchell

08-16-2004, 10:25 PM
Movin' Out - Billy Joel

08-16-2004, 10:40 PM
"I'm Free" (from Tommy, the Who)

08-16-2004, 10:41 PM
Sorry, koeeoaddi beat me to it.

08-16-2004, 10:42 PM
Baby Girl the debut single of a great brand spanking new Country band out of Atlanta called Sugarland. It was released in Mid July, and is about to reach Top 40 country radio. In some cities and regions it has been number one for many weeks.

Currently available for download (http://musicdownloads.walmart.com/catalog/servlet/SearchServlet?action=artist&term=sugarland) on walmart.com.

08-16-2004, 10:48 PM
Creeping Up Slowly - Taxiride

08-16-2004, 10:49 PM
"Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves" Annie Lennox and Aretha Franklin

"Now there was a time when they used to say, that behind every great man, there had to be a great woman. In these times of change, you know that that’s no longer true, we’re coming out of the kitchen, to say these words to you: Don’t you know that sisters are doing it for themselves! We’re standing on our own two feet and ringing our own bells."

"Wild Women Do" Natalie Cole

Wild women do
And they don't regret it
Wild women show
What they're goin' through
Wild women do
What you think they'll never
What you only dream about
Wild women do.

08-16-2004, 11:57 PM
Caveat: my own taste in music is eclectic, to say the least.

I Hope You Dance - Leann Womack
Forever Toung - Rod Stewart
You'll Be In My Heart - Phil Collins
Don't Look Back - Boston
Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane
You Are My Sunshine - John Prine
I Believe in Love - Barbra Streisand
I Can Go The Distance - Michael Bolton
Accentuate The Positive - Dr. John
I Gotta Be Me - Sammy Davis Jr.
Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
You Gotta Be - Des'ree
Time Of Your Life - Green Day

08-16-2004, 11:59 PM
Forever Toung - Rod Stewart

Er. Freudian slip, that.

It's "Forever Young".
:o :p

08-17-2004, 12:42 AM
"Glad Goodbye," Marshall Crenshaw, #447
"Time to Move On," Tom Petty, Wildflowers
"Garden of Earthly Delights," XTC, Oranges & Lemons (technically written for a newborn, but good for anyone venturing out into the world)

Little Nemo
08-17-2004, 12:46 AM
What? Nobody's suggesting the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show?

Atticus Finch
08-17-2004, 01:21 AM
Jebediah, Leaving Home.

Title says it all, really.

08-17-2004, 01:41 AM
Alanis Morisette "Hand In My Pocket"
Jagged Little Pill

I'm broke but I'm happy
I'm poor but I'm kind
I'm short but I'm healthy, yeah
I'm high but I'm grounded
I'm sane but I'm overwhelmed
I'm lost but I'm hopeful baby

What it all comes down to
Is that everthing's gonna be fine, fine, fine
I've got one hand in my pocket
And the other one is giving a high five..


08-17-2004, 01:46 AM
"Mother, Mother" by Tracey Bonham.

Starts out soft and sweet, then goes into screaming and back to sweet then ends with....

I miss you, I love you.

08-17-2004, 01:55 AM
The Beatles - She's Leaving Home (a happy song, listen closely)
The Beatles - Good Day, Sunshine
Radiohead - Let Down
Radiohead - Exit Music (For A Film):D
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - Freefallin'
Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers - American Girl
Bob Dylan - The Times They Are A Changin'
Paul Simon - Diamonds On The Soles Of Her Feet

dry gear
08-17-2004, 02:00 AM
The Beatles - She's Leaving Home (a happy song, listen closely)
Are you serious?

The Smiths- Sheila Take a Bow ?

08-17-2004, 02:50 AM
From India. Aire's Acoustic Soul CD, I'd suggest Strength, Courage and Wisdom; Video and I See God in You.

Carole King's Beautiful, from Tapestry

And, The House at Pooh Corner by Loggins and Messina, because everyone needs to remember childhood once in a while, especially when they're walking so close to adulthood.

Best of luck to your granddaughter!

08-17-2004, 03:30 AM
I'm kinda hoping a few of these are jokes. She's Leaving Home is not a happy song, it's about a girl sneaking away from home! (Maybe the parents are happy they won't have to feed her?) :p Time of Your Life... the real title is Good Riddance, I think that may be more of the real message. Movin' Out is upbeat musically but I wouldn't say it's hopeful or anything. Let Down isn't about leaving, it's about being stuck someplace for good and feeling useless.

Gonna Move (http://sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Gonna-Move-lyrics-Susan-Tedeschi/2711A2882F40644E48256CA900296D4C) by Paul Pena. Susan Tedeschi's cover is excellent and sung from a woman's point of view, but it doesn't make too much difference either way.

08-17-2004, 04:21 AM
Keep 'em coming!

Marley, thanks for the clarification on the ones you mentioned.

racinchikki, I know that the first one that her mom mentioned as an example was one by the Dixie Chicks. She likes lots of kinds of music, but the D.C.s are a favorite.

08-17-2004, 08:40 AM
"Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin? :D

08-17-2004, 09:29 AM
"Walking on Sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.

08-17-2004, 09:48 AM
Leavin' on a Jet Plane
The Letter
Time After Time
Bluer than Blue
Tears in Heaven

Not those. Don't use those. Use these instead:

Wind Beneath My Wings (no, seriously!)
Leaving's Not Leaving

08-17-2004, 10:22 AM
There's "Tenderness on the Block" by Warren Zevon:

"I know how much it hurts to see her go
She has a mind of her own, you know
She's all grown up
She has a young man waiting
She's all grown up
She has a young man waiting
She was wide-eyed
Now she's street-wise
To the lies
And the jive talk
She'll find true love
And tenderness on the block"

Full lyrics here (http://members.aol.com/zevonfan1/private/EXCITE.HTM#excite8).

Cinnamon Girl
08-17-2004, 10:39 AM
When I left home it was years after moving out of my parents' house but I hadn't quite cut the cord because I kept going back. So, when I finally decided to move from Kauai to Oahu, it was to the tune of "Jet Airliner" by Steve Miller Band. And I haven't looked back since. But, oh how I miss them. :)

Cinnamon Girl
08-17-2004, 10:45 AM
Oh yeah, I like Beautiful (Carole King) a lot, but it makes me cry. It doesn't hurt to remind someone who's stepping out on their own that You've Got a Friend (Carole King's rendition also on Tapestry is, IMO, a little more upbeat than James Taylor's). It's especially nice to be reminded that your mommy is the bestest friend you could ever have. :)

08-17-2004, 11:16 AM
My mom made me a mix tape when I left home. She included...

See Ya Later, Alligator - Bill Haley
Hit The Road, Jack - Ray Charles
Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty
Changed The Locks - Lucinda Williams
My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello

08-17-2004, 11:18 AM
Sunshine on Leith - The Proclaimers

Van Morrison has a trio of good songs for the occasion (all on the Tupelo Honey CD):

Wild Night - Van Morrison (sort of an uplifting "seize the day" song)(or "seize the night," I guess)
Starting a New Life - Van Morrison (like the title says)
Tupelo Honey - Van Morrison

(What a) Wonderful World - Louis Armstrong

Put the Message in the Box - World Party (This one is perfect for the OP's purpose- very upbeat, and it's about going out into the world.)

Uvula Donor
08-17-2004, 11:21 AM
Blind Faith - Can't Find My Way Home

Oh. Never mind.

08-17-2004, 12:20 PM
Gonna Move - Susan Tedeschi

One of my all-time favorite artistes...

08-17-2004, 12:23 PM
And then I saw Marley23 had already mentioned it. Day late and $1 short...

08-17-2004, 12:37 PM
"Do Re Mi" - Nanci Griffith, Other Voices, Other Rooms (This is not the Sound of Music song!)

"Listen to the Radio" - Nanci Griffith, Wings to Fly and a Place to Be

"Hammer and Nail" - Indigo Girls, Nomads, Indians, Saints

"I Feel Lucky" and "Bug"- Mary Chapin Carpenter, Come On, Come On

"I Be Your Water" - Sweet Honey in the Rock, In This Land

What a great idea, Zoe! She's very lucky to have such a cool mom and grandma.

08-17-2004, 01:49 PM
Zoe, I suggest you google for the lyrics on the songs you don't know. Most of the suggestions above are good, but just a few strike me as wildly inappropriate for your purpose.

08-17-2004, 02:47 PM
Just thought of another one, a bluegrass number (which seems appropriate for a North Carolina girl).

It's the old Carter Family song entitled You Are My Flower. I recommend the version performed by Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs on their greatest hits compilation 'Tis Sweet to Be Remembered.

So wear a happy smile and life will be worthwhile
Forget your tears and don't forget to smile

You are my flower...


And then of course there's These Are the Days by 10,000 Maniacs. Classic "seize the day" stuff.

Also You Are the Everything by R.E.M. (from the Green CD).

Jane D'oh!
08-17-2004, 04:39 PM
Memories of East Texas - Michele Shocked - Short Sharp Shocked

Teach your Children - CSNY - So Far

08-17-2004, 06:09 PM
Sheryl Crow, "Soak up the Sun," "Hole in My Pocket"

08-17-2004, 07:13 PM
Beautiful Day U2

Walk On U2

a second for

You Gotta Be Des'ree

The Pascagoula Run Jimmy Buffet

That song from that Coke comercial that there was a thread about yesterday.

Shadowland The Lion King B'way soundtrack

Ok not exactly 'happy' but very powerful. If you are not familar with the broadway show, this song is sung by Nala and the rest of the women as she leaves the prideland because King Scar want her to bear his children and things in general suck.

And where the journey may lead you
let this prayer be your guide
though it may take you so far away
always remember your pride.

It's a powerful song from the show.

08-17-2004, 07:26 PM
OH and

Que Sara Sara by Doris Day

08-17-2004, 11:31 PM
"Army" by Ben Folds Five (uses the 'f' word tho)
"Redneck Past" by Ben Folds Five

"These Boots Were Made for Walkin" by Nancy Sinatra

08-18-2004, 08:29 PM
ZipperJJ "Army" by Ben Folds Five (uses the 'f' word tho)

So does her Grammy. :eek:

If any of you are aware of certain songs that are, in your opinion, inappropriate, I would appreciate your comments. I've already removed some.

And others are so right on target for this particular young woman that the mention of them brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks to all!

08-18-2004, 09:03 PM
It's kind of bittersweet, I guess, depending on how you take it, but Going Once by Ani Difranco pretty much captures a few years after moving out of home for me.

The lyrics are here: http://sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Going-Once-lyrics-Ani-DiFranco/CE9BBFDEC296844348256AE1002C76DB (that site is probably popup laden if you're not using some kind of popup blocker) and the music is really upbeat. It's off her To the Teeth album.

I'm equivocal about posting it as a suggestion because it's not wholeheartedly upbeat, but it really does speak to my experiences as a fledgling out of the nest ;)

John Carter of Mars
08-18-2004, 09:48 PM
She'll face some challenges, right? End it with "Eye of the Tiger"

And here's a second vote for Buffet's "Pascagoula Run".

"It's time to see the world
It's time to kiss a girl
It's time to cross the wild meridian
Grab your bag and take a chance
Time to learn a cajun dance
Kid your gonna see the mornin' sun
On the Pascagoula run"

Good luck to her and Grammy!

08-18-2004, 10:26 PM
"Mother, Mother" by Tracey Bonham.

Starts out soft and sweet, then goes into screaming and back to sweet then ends with....

I miss you, I love you.

Funny, I was going to suggest " Not 'mother, mother' Tracey Bonham" :eek: That ain't a happy song.

08-18-2004, 11:01 PM
So does her Grammy. :eek:

If any of you are aware of certain songs that are, in your opinion, inappropriate, I would appreciate your comments. I've already removed some.

And others are so right on target for this particular young woman that the mention of them brought tears to my eyes.

Thanks to all!

So which ones do you like?

08-18-2004, 11:05 PM
OH and I just thought of two more songs.

Taking care of business by BTO


Proud Mary but you have to use the Ike and Tina Turner version.

We goning to start this nice and easy, but then we're gonna finish nice and rough.

08-18-2004, 11:43 PM
This One's For the Girls - Martina McBride - Martina (2003)

This one's for the girls.

This is for all you girls, about twenty-five.
In little apartments just tryin' to get by.
Livin' on, on dreams and Spaghettios.
Wonderin' where your life is gonna go.

This one's for the girls,
Who've ever had a broken heart;
Who've wished upon a shootin' star:
You're beautiful the way you are.
This one's for the girls,
Who love without holdin' back;
Who dream with everything they have.
All around the world,
This one's for the girls.
(This one's for all the girls.)


08-19-2004, 10:54 AM
If any of you are aware of certain songs that are, in your opinion, inappropriate, I would appreciate your comments.

OK. Not trying to pick on any posters, but these two seem wrong for your purposes:

Free Fallin' - Tom Petty (is about a man who regrets dumping his girlfriend)
The Times They Are a-Changin' - Bob Dylan (is about the civil rights movement)

08-19-2004, 11:07 AM
A couple more recommendations:

Brass in Pocket - The Pretenders
Sunny Side of the Street - Louis Armstrong (or Tony Bennett, or...)
Three Little Birds - Bob Marley

08-19-2004, 11:36 AM
Are you serious?

The Smiths- Sheila Take a Bow ?

"She's Leaving Home" IS a song of hope and happiness - unfortunately not many people actually listen to the words or get caught up in the rather minor key of the music.

"She....is having...FUN"

You get the impression that the woman in question is a little old to be leaving home for the first time, and that her parents have fought tooth and nail to keep her around, but, yeah, it is a song about stepping out and making your own way. It's also probably my favorite song by the Beatles.

08-19-2004, 11:38 AM
Oops...forgot to add my contribution:

"Walk In the Sunshine," by Bob Weir.

08-19-2004, 12:34 PM
My Thing Is My Own (http://sniff.numachi.com/~rickheit/dtrad/pages/tiTHINGOWN;ttLILIBURL.html)

—A 17th or 18th century folk song. Recorded an album called Art of the Bawdy Song and perhaps elsewhere.

I, a tender young maid, have been courted by many
Of all sorts and trades as ever was any.
A spruce haberdasher first spake to me fair
But I would have nothing to do with small ware.

cho: My thing is my own, and I'll keep it so still
Yet other young lasses may do as they will.

A Master of Musick came with an intent,
To give me a lesson on my instrument,
I thank'd him for nohing, but bid him be gone,
For my little fiddle should not be plaid on.

And a verse from elsewhere:

A cunning clockmaker did court me as well,
And promised me riches if I'd ring his bell.
So I looked at his clockwork, and said with a shock,
"Your pendulum's far too small for my clock."

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