Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stop for Me, by Carolyn Dawn Johnson - 'I Always Thought This Train Would Stop For Me'

Stop for Me, by Carolyn Dawn Johnson
Upstairs just finishing up some of those much 'loved' household chores with the country music channel playing in the background, I hear these heartbreaking lyrics:
"I had big plans
More powerful than a locomotive
Innocent as a flower growing
In the middle of a barley field
I didn't understand
That you could have pockets overflowing with determination
Give it all you got with no congratulations
And still be at the bottom of the hill
Waiting at the station
With the rails laid out before me
Trying to be patient
Hoping it didn't leave"
I stopped for this song:

Quietly I perched myself on the edge of my bed, and stared at my TV. The
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melancholy words cried their way off the screen and I found myself shedding tears for anyone, myself included, who had moments of  doubt that their work, their dreams, their songs ... all of it..would land in that giant void of 'so what'.

Life is flying by and we have such a short time to leave our mark, no matter what that mark is, our time is limited.

The lyrics continued, and the message of this song, which I further expand upon here, brought about conflicted feelings of  'in the end, we all get to where we're going' to 'it hasn't been easy getting there'
"I had a ticket
That was paid for with my hard earned money
I thought that maybe that would count for something
Wasn't looking for a free ride
But nobody mentioned
ohhh sometimes all the passenger seats are taken
The cars are full and it's a rude awakening
When you're left behind
So disappointed... yeah
I never even got to try
Instead of living in the moment... ohhh

I've been wasting all this time
I always thought this train would stop for me..."
The journey is where we find the joy, but we all know the journey isn't always easy. It isn't about adulation, accolades, fame, or even money (although let's face it, money is a necessary part of life) - It's about 'our contribution while we're here'. If we can do something to improve the human condition, we're making a contribution: A smile, a blessing, seeking hope, laughter, a hand-up to someone who needs it ... anything where we're impacting something or someone for the positive.

During a recent conversation with my 22 year old son, in typical mom fashion, there I was emphasizing the importance to encourage good in this world; he's in a local band 'ColdFront' ...and he's in a position to affect people with words. Being 'Mom', I never hesitate to point that out!

When I talk to my sons, I'm reminded just how young they are, and all they have to learn and go through. My biggest hope is that when they're sitting on the edge of their bed 30 years from now, and lyrics like this song begin to play, they can smile knowing the words don't apply to them.

In the end, I do believe we all get to where we need to be, and that no matter how difficult our path becomes, we'll be O.K.  Everyday we wake up, is another chance at life, another shot at getting it right to fulfill our purpose.

So, although this song is a little bit sad, it's a reminder that nothing is permanent, even sadness. As the famous quote says, 'Without the Rain, there Would be no Rainbow'

Here it is: 'Stop for Me'

To Your Success,
By Barbara Tremblay Cipak, Country Music Reviewer - 'Don't Drive Alone Get Emotional Daily Assistance'

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  1. Well, not only did you just introduce me to a new song, but you also introduced me to Carolyn Dawn Johnson. It's a great song and yes, as I mother I would hope my children will not be able to identify with the lyrics, although I expect we have have times in our lives where were could. I couldn't help but think as I was listening, sometimes we just never recognize how blessed we are that certain trains don't stop for us. Not all trains are worthy of having us as passengers :) Awesome post that gave me much to think about!

    1. Cynthia, well said, especially about our kids - I rarely if ever feel this way in life, but it made me think of 2 people in my in particular who are going through some of this in a their own way - funny how songs can hit a nerve - I've had my moments over the years but fortunately they're very rare - glad you like Carolyn Dawn Johnson, I've reviewed 3 of her songs - always love her messages in song

  2. Great song, great voice, and I had to listen to a few of her songs since she's new to me. As turning sixty grows nearer by the day, I often think of the missed trains in my life, and think about a few of those trains I never should have jumped aboard. You are right, for most of us at least, we do get to where we're supposed to be...eventually!

    1. Ruth, I really believe that ...that we do get to where we're suppose to be eventually. For some of us it's just longer route, but I think we all meet our purpose eventually <3

  3. Wonderful..thought provoking others have said, sometimes we're not meant to take that train...sometimes we need to take "The Road less Traveled" and that will make all the difference.

    1. Mary Beth, that's a very good point - 'sometimes we're not meant to take that train' (isn't that the truth!)


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