All will be well

I found this song by the Gabe Dixon Band yesterday, and it really spoke to me.

Link to the lyrics is here.

Music really helps ground and soothe me. Do you have some favorite recovery songs? Please share in the comments!

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Anonymous said...

My recovery song is "survice" by rise against.

Here are the lyrics :

Anonymous said...

Question... I wonder how appalled you are at this? Perhaps as appalled as I was. I found this "joke" on a website...

"17. What was the centerpiece of the annual
Anorexia and Bulimnia sufferers convention?
A cake jumping out of a girl."

The link to the site is here:

Is there a way to get the joke removed? It's HORRIBLE and in NO WAY funny.

Emily said...

My recovery song is "My Body" by Young the Giant

Erica said...

Oh cool, I've never heard that song before, I'm definitely adding it to my playlist of songs for when I need that little push/reminder.
Here are a few of my favorites, I've put some of my favorite lyrics in italics and tracked down youtube links for them. Sorry, this is going to be quite long.

"Accident and Emergency" by Patrick Wolf
So what happens when you lose everything
You just carry on, and with a grin
Sing, for all that your life has to bring
And just get yourself back into the ring
Knock us out

"Float On" by Modest Mouse
Alright already we'll all float on, ok.
Don't worry we'll all float on.
Even if things get heavy, we'll all float on.

"You Might Die Trying" by the Dave Matthews Band
To change the world,
start with one step.
However small,
the first step is hardest of all.

"Fearless (250 and Up)" by Faling Up
Don't take my picture
Cause I won't be there standing alone
I'm living fearless, so fearless
Like every day's my own

"Waiting For My Real Life to Begin" by Colin Hay
And you said,"Be still, my love Open up your heart,
Let the light shine in"

"Measuring Cups" by Andrew Bird (I found this one very helpful for me, but it's potentially a tiny bit triggery. If you're sensitive, you might want to pass this by.)
I think they're gonna make you start over,
you don't wanna start over.
Put your backpack on your shoulder,
be the good little soldier.
Take your places now, cause we're all predisposed

"Dust Bowl Dance" by Mumford and Sons
Seal my heart and break my pride,
I've nowhere to stand and now nowhere to hide,
Align my heart, my body, my mind,
To face what I've done and do my time.

Finally, a couple songs that aren't really recovery songs per se, but always lift my spirits

"Search and Destroy" - Peaches (actually, pretty much anything by Peaches)
"Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pt1" - The Flaming Lips (the pink robots are actually a metaphor for cancer, but I like to think of them as ED)
"Dawn Of The Dead" - Does It Offend You, Yeah?

Carrie Arnold said...

Wow, thanks for all of the song shares! I will have to look them up.

My other favorite recovery songs are "Nightminds" by Missy Higgins, "Another Mystery" by Dar Williams, and "Alleluia" by Leonard Cohen (but the version sung by Allison Cross).

Carrie Arnold said...


Sigh...yeah, the joke's pretty bad, but I've heard it before.

It wouldn't hurt to ask the site to take it down, but unfortunately there are so many things that are offensive to those of us with EDs that I think you could spend years ferreting all of them out. My general tactic is to respond to the really bad or public ones and then continue to spread good information so that one day, making an ED joke is as tacky as joking about cancer or diabetes.

Anonymous said...

I'd say my recovery song is "no giving up" by Crossfade.

Incredible Eating Anorexics said...

love this song, thanks for posting it

C-Girl said...

There's Hope by India.Arie

You can dance and be encouraged all at the same time! Check it out.

Emily said...

Thanks C-Girl! The song you posted was fantastic...

Here are some of my songs:

"Shake It Out" by Florence + the Machine
The lyrics to this song mean a lot to me...
"And every demon wants his pound of flesh/But I like to keep some things to myself/I like to keep my issues strong/It's always darkest before the dawn..."


"Shine" by Laura Izibor
This song is such an emotional boost... and like C-Girl's song it makes you want to dance! :)

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