Love songs to my arthritis

No, I don’t love Arthur. But I have some songs that definitely remind me of him. And I thought I’d share some lyrics with you (read: I really want to blog but have no ideas and also very stiff hands so I need something easy).

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
Stand a little taller
Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone
What doesn’t kill you makes you a fighter
Footsteps even lighter
Doesn’t mean I’m over cause you’re gone

-Stronger, Kelly Clarkson

Cause if it wasn’t for all that you tried to do, I wouldn’t know
Just how capable I am to pull through
So I want to say thank you
Cause it 

Makes me that much stronger
Makes me work a little bit harder
It makes me that much wiser
So thanks for making me a fighter
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter

-Fighter, Christina Aguilera

I can’t tell you what it really is, I can only tell you what it feels like
And right now it’s a steel knife through my wind pipe
I can’t breathe but I still fight while I can’t fight
As long as the wrong feels right it’s like I’m in flight

-Love the Way You Lie, Eminem and Rihanna

They say the whale swallowed Jonah
Out in the deep blue sea
Some days I get that feeling
That same old whale has swallowed me

The sun rise in the east
Goes down in the west
Sometimes I get that feeling
Every creature needs some rest

I believe the whale got sick
That’s why I have this blues
I do believe one day
He will finally turn me loose

Now if I live
I pray I don’t get killed
I do believe one day
I will crawl out of here

-The Whale Has Swallowed Me, Hugh Laurie (yes, THAT Hugh Laurie – do yourself a favor and pick up his album, Let Them Talk, it’s amazing!)

Something is not right with me
Something is not right with me
Something is not right with me
How was I supposed to know? 

Something is not right with me
Something is not right with me
Something is not right with me
I’m trying not to let it show

-Something is Not Right with Me, Cold War Kids

I’ve got one friend, laying across from me
I did not choose him, he did not choose me
We got no chance of recovery
Joy and hospital
Joy and misery
Joy and misery
Joy and misery 

Put out the fire boys, don’t stop don’t stop
Put out the fire on us
Put out the fire boys, don’t stop don’t stop
Put out the fire on us 

Bring the buckets by the dozens
Bring your nieces and your cousins
Come put out the fire on us

-Hospital Beds, Cold War Kids

I’m not afraid to take a stand
Everybody, come take me hand
We’ll walk this road together through the storm
Whatever weather, cold or warm
Just lettin’ you know that you’re not alone
Holla if you feel like you’ve been down the same road

And I just can’t keep livin’ this way, so startin’ today
I’m breaking out of this cage
I’m standing up, Imma face my demons
I’m manning up, Imma hold my ground
I’ve had enough, now I’m so fed up
Tryin’ to put my life back together right now

-Not Afraid, Eminem

I got my feet on the ground and I don’t go to sleep to dream
You got your head in the clouds, you’re not at all what you seem
This mind, this body, and this voice cannot be stifled by your deviant ways
So don’t forget what I told you, don’t come around
I’ve got my own hell to raise

-Sleep to Dream, Fiona Apple

Oh it’s so evil my love
The way you’ve no reverence to my concern
So I’ll be sure to stay wary of you, love
To save the pain of once my flame
And twice my burn 

So I’m a shadow boxer, baby
I wanna be ready for what you do
I been swinging around me, ’cause I
I don’t know when you’re gonna make your move

-Shadow Boxer, Fiona Apple

Find the one song, before the virus takes hold
Glory, like a sunset
One song to redeem this empty life 

Time flies, and then no need to endure anymore
Time dies

-One Song Glory, Rent

Look, I find some of what you teach suspect
Because I’m used to relying on intellect
And it’s hard to open up to what I don’t know 

Because reason says I should’ve died three years ago 

No other road
No other way
No day but today

-Life Support, Rent

Will I lose my dignity?
Will someone care?
Will I wake tomorrow from this nightmare?

-Will I?, Rent

Don’t be a drag, just be a queen
Whether you’re broke or evergreen
You’re black, white, beige, chola descent
You’re Lebanese, You’re orient 

Whether life’s disabilities
Left you outcast, bulled or teased
Rejoice and love yourself today
Cause, baby, you were born this way

-Born This Way, Lady Gaga

So make your siren’s call
And sing all you want
I will not hear what you have to say 

Cause I need freedom now
And I need to know how
To live my life as it’s meant to be 

And I will hold on hope
And I won’t let you choke
On the noose around your neck 

And I’ll find strength in pain
And I will change my ways
I’ll know my name as it’s called again

-The Cave, Mumford and Sons

-Wonder, Natalie Merchant (lyrics here)

-The Laying of Hands (The Mass Hysteria), The PAper ChAse (lyrics here)

I’d like to come home to see you
And embrace your illness under soft light
But then you’d know how much I really need you 

All the love in an instant makes my life stop
But then my hate for you makes my feelings altogether drop

-Drop, Red House Painters

-Infected, Repo! The Genetic Opera (lyrics here and scene from the movie here)

-Genetic Emancipation, Repo! (lyrics here and scene here)

But of course the best song for any condition like RA, Still’s, Lupus, etc is by Rob Thomas

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