From time to time, we all need a little hope. Life challenges come our way. Things outside our control take a toll on our situation. Pain and suffering may become a part of our experience. There are times we can draw hope from within ourselves. At other moments, that hope is verbalized or shown by others. Sometimes it is embodied in a song much like in this Emily Dickinson poem.

“Hope” is the thing with feathers –
That perches in the soul –
And sings the tune without the words –
And never stops – at all –
And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –
And sore must be the storm –
That abash the little Bird
That kept so many warm –
I’ve heard it in the chillest land –
And on the strangest Sea –
Yet, never, in Extremity,
It asked a crumb – of Me.
– Emily Dickinson, c. 1861, Public domain

share hope through musicHope in songs

What are those songs of hope? Like most music, that is a personal preference. Yet there are many around which we can discuss the topic of hope. Here is a small sample to consider singing and discussing. Select what is appropriate for your population and setting.

To make it easier to use, a Spotify is provided with the exception of those marked with an “*”.

  • “Bridge over Troubled Water”
  • “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
  • “High Hopes”
  • “Hear Comes the Sun”
  • “Imagine”
  • “Still” (Ben Folds)*
  • “Whispering Hope”
  • “The Bare Necessities” From The Jungle Book
  • “Hakuna Matata” From Lion King
  • “I’ve Got A Dream” From Tangled
  • “Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah” Song of the South

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