Mother Teresa once said, “I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God who is sending a love letter to the world.” As I write these classical quotes that inspire me each day, I’m reminded of one of my favorite Bruce Springsteen’s songs, “Land of Hope and Dreams.”
Springsteen’s lyrics are fresh which inspire the anticipation for a better life. This song was remade on his Wrecking Ball Album. The words still inspire me today.
With lyrics that reveal what’s on the singer’s mind, he says, “Well, darlin’ if you’re weary, Lay your head upon my chest, We’ll take what we can carry, Yeah, and we’ll leave the rest.”
I’m reminded of a place where we can forget our troubles and we find our rest.
Springsteen’s song is for anyone who has sorrows crossing their footpaths. The bridge that binds the gap for those who lost and for those who just want to forget is a place to carry dreams into new destinations. Springsteen’s lyrics state, “This train…carries saints and sinners, This train…carries losers and winners.”
On this train heading to the land of hopes and dreams, the lyrics are meaningful. As Springsteen belts out the vocals, one can recognize the heartfelt hope of finding all their dreams come true. Springsteen sings, “I said this train…Dreams will not be thwarted, This train…Faith will be rewarded.”
The message of this song is interpreted by the listener. Springsteen had one thing in mind, yet the listener relates to the words based on where he is in life.
Like a preacher in a pulpit, Springsteen’s music carries a stirring message. He liberates the heart of a true pioneer. He stands on the energy of the soulful verses he echoes into every song. With such raw emotion, listeners are drawn into the song’s story. For the “Land of Hopes and Dreams” this train carries the wreckage of past mistakes with the anticipated faith that all will be restored.
For what is hope? It’s waking up each morning with a renewed sense of purpose that today is the day; I’m going to change the world.
When you walk in the desert, you are not alone; when you wish upon a star, your dreams come true; and when you believe, all things are possible. That is living in the land of hope and dreams.
Music is one of the things that truly inspire me. Follow me as I dive into more inspiring lyrics in the weeks ahead.
- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – review (guardian.co.uk)