The following songs reflect the personal creeds or philosophies of singers and songwriters for the past half-century. These songs represent beliefs that are at times inspirational and powerful, at others more sentimental and private. This exercise demonstrates how beliefs cover a wide spectrum of moods and attitudes.
I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come to show the way.
I believe, I believe.
But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.
I believe the children are our future.
Teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.
I think about it every night and day, spread my wings and fly away.
I believe I can soar. I see me running through that open door.
I believe I can fly.
Blessed Union of Souls
I believe that love is the answer.
I believe that love will find the way.
- List more recent lyrics that communicate a personal philosophy, even if they don’t use the “I believe” formula.
- What emotional weight do these lyrics communicate, or fail to communicate? Are some beliefs harder to express or personalize than others? Why?
- Obviously love and family are not the only beliefs worth communicating. Take 5 minutes to list as many ideas people believe in as you can. When you are finished, compile a representative list in your blog.