Friday, August 19, 2011

Soulshine


My favorite lyrics to any song, paired with one of the greatest guitar players ever (and quite possibly the hardest working man in rock n’ roll) equals... GENIUS. My favorite version of “Soulshine” is from Bonnaroo 2003, when Warren Haynes took the stage early in the morning with South African singer Vusi Mahlasela. Pure magic!


Click To Enjoy Warren Haynes' Soulshine From Bonnaroo 2003

The Crossroads 2010 version with Derek Trucks is a pretty damn good version too.



The lyrics speak for themselves. For me, they’re like my family or closest friends... always there for me. They’re a hug on a bad day, they’re a smile in the least likely of places. And perhaps if more people listened to songs like this, we would not be a “Prozac Nation”. Ah... music therapy. So here's my gift to all of you. A powerful, beautiful, comforting song that will hopefully inspire you to let your soul shine.

When you can't find the light,
That guides you through a cloudy day,
When the stars ain't shinin' bright,
You feel like you've lost you're way,
When those candle lights of home,
Burn so very far away,
Well you got to let your soul shine,
Just like my daddy used to say.

[Chorus]
He used to say soulshine,
It's better than sunshine,
It's better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Hey now people don't mind,
We all get this way sometime,
Got to let your soul shine, shine till the break
of day.

I grew up thinkin' that I had it made,
Gonna make it on my own.
Life can take the strongest man,
Make him feel so alone.
Now and then I feel a cold wind,
Blowin' through my achin' bones,
I think back to what my daddy said,
He said "Boy, in the darkness before the dawn:"

[Chorus]

Sometimes a man can feel this emptiness,
Like a woman has robbed him of his very soul.
A woman too, God knows, she can feel like this.
And when your world seems cold, you got to let
your spirit take control.

[Chorus]

Oh, it's better than sunshine,
It's better than moonshine,
Damn sure better than rain.
Yeah now people don't mind,
We all get this way sometimes,
Gotta let your soul shine, shine till the break
of day.


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