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Lessons to Learn from Songs About Family

Songs about family enchant the ears and warm the heart. We love to revel in that fuzzy feeling and swing to the melody, but many songs encompass lessons that we often pay no heed to. Here, you will find a list of songs to help bring your family closer together.   

1. Don’t Wait Until It’s Too Late

If You Could See Me Now

The Script

“I still look for your face in the crowd

Oh if you could see me now

Would you stand in disgrace or take a bow

Oh if you could see me now”

In this moving and emotional song by The Script, lead vocalist Danny O’Donoghue and vocalist/guitarist Mark Sheehan narrate the sadness of their parents’ demises through powerful lyrics. It’s a song that can evoke tears just by reading its heartfelt messages.

Too often have the words “I hate you”  been the last thing we say before a tragic accident, and too often have last arguments gone unsolved in a tangle of unforeseen misery. Keep in mind that you never know what’s going to happen the next day, so treat your loved ones as though it’s their last, say goodbyes with an “I love you,” and leave no room for regret!

2. Repay

House Of Gold

Twenty One Pilots

“She asked me, “Son, when I grow old,

Will you buy me a house of gold?

And when your father turns to stone,

Will you take care of me?”

I will make you queen of everything you see,

I’ll put you on the map,

I’ll cure you of disease.”

Now, think back to the time when you were a baby. Think of the people who fed you every spoonful, who changed your diapers, and who gave you a home. There is not a single bond stronger than that between the parents and the children. This song effectively portrays a raw and beautiful relationship based on love, respect, and appreciation. Even when you are all grown up with a family of your own,  make an effort to give your loved ones a call, organize routine family dinners, and always keep them at the back of your head. Show your family you care by letting them know that you will always be there for them, that if they were to fall, you will be right there to pick them back up.

3. Know You Belong

Where You Belong

Kari Kimmel

“If you’re feeling down or weak

You can always count on me

I will always pick you up

Nothing’s ever gonna change

Nothing’s gettin’ in my way

I will always hold you up


Come what may

Don’t look back forget yesterday

Forget yesterday

It’s not where you come from

It’s where you belong

Nothing I would trade

I wouldn’t have it any other way

You’re surrounded

By love and you’re wanted

So never feel alone

You are home with me

Right where you belong”

This theme song from the hit show, “The Fosters”, embodies an integral element of family. Whether you are adopted, living with other relatives, or simply going through a rough patch, know that you are not alone, that you are safe and wanted, and that you will always have those who love you unconditionally.

As Jude, a character from “The Fosters”, says, “When you’re out in the middle of the ocean, you can be washed overboard and lost at sea. Once you have found your way into a harbor and dropped your anchor, you’re safe. So Anchor Beach is my safe harbor.

“Being part of a family, whether it’s a real one or one like we have here at school, means you can be totally yourself, totally honest, because you’re safe to do so. Actually, it means you have to be totally honest, because that’s what family expects. I never thought it would happen, but I’m not lost anymore.”

Remember this: “DNA doesn’t make a family. Love does.”

4. Work It Out

Family Portrait


“Can we work it out? Can we be a family?

I promise I’ll be better, Mommy I’ll do anything

Can we work it out? Can we be a family?

I promise I’ll be better, Daddy please don’t leave”

While we face the darker of family sentiments in this heartbreaking song by Pink, we also learn that understanding is key to resolving problems within a family. If you’ve ever had a fight with your spouse, for instance, or are in one at the moment, think of those around you who are perhaps suffering more. Don’t burden your children with your troubles, put yourself in others’ shoes, try to compromise, and acknowledge that you may have to be the bigger person and make certain concessions because, well, that’s what parents do. As the end of the music video shows, you can always work it out.

5. Appreciate


Martina McBride

“I have been blessed

And I feel like I’ve found my way

I thank God for all I’ve been given

At the end of every day

I have been blessed

With so much more than I deserve

To be here with the ones

That love me

To love them so much it hurts

I have been blessed”

As self-explanatory as this song may seem, gratitude is something that is often overlooked. Ayanna Mitchell says it best, “Learn to appreciate the things you have, before time forces you to appreciate the things you once had. ” Instead of buying a hallmark card with an offhand detachment in person, live everyday showing the people you love how much they mean to you not only through words, but also through actions. Offer to do chores, write a heart-felt poem, or give a hug just because. Keep in mind that the cost never outweighs the heart, for love has no price.

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