A Parent’s Anthem

Dear Daughter,

There are three British rock bands (well, two British and one Irish) that are each amazing and timeless and will be remembered for years and years. We adults will occasionally get into a debate about which of the three is the best.

The bands are U2, Coldplay and Muse.

I’m torn on this argument because I like all three of them for different reasons. U2 has played a very special role in my life. When I was in college I listened to them non-stop and went to two of their concerts. Their music, at that time anyway, just resonated with me; I have a very personal connection to them. Lately, though, I’ve been completely blown away by Muse. I believe the lead singer (I don’t even know his name) has more talent in his pinky than Bono (of U2) or Chris Martin (of Coldplay) have in their whole bodies, combined. Muse’s work is simply unprecedented; it’s musically complex and intricate, yet so powerful that it makes you want to go out and protest something. It’s music at its finest, in my opinion.

So where does that leave Coldplay? Overall, this band takes the bronze; however, there’s this one Coldplay song that is quite possibly my favorite song of all time. It’s one of those where, every time I hear it, I’m brought to tears by its beauty. It has these big swells that give you energy and, like, purpose.

But it’s the lyrics that really get me. I think they would get any parent. Because these are the words every parent wants to say to their children. It lists many of the failures and heartbreaking moments that can happen to a person, and then says, when those things happen, come home. I’ll make you feel better. I’ll ease your pain.

Here are the lyrics, and the video is below.

Fix You

When you try your best, but you don’t succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can’t sleep
Stuck in reverse

And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can’t replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above or down below
When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face
And I…

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

Daughter, I don’t want you to get hurt. I don’t want to see you cry or fail or fall in love with the wrong person. But these things will probably happen, and when they do, I’ll be here to help you through it. I will try to fix you.

Love,
Mom

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