Champion of My Heart Anthem – I Will Wait for You

Local radio has been playing the song “I will wait…” by Mumford & Sons a lot lately. It has become a sort of anthem for me and Lilly — whether you consider it a recovery song, decision song, or potentially a crossing-over song. Video and lyrics below. See what you think.

The official video from the musicians shows only the road racing by, which is an interesting artistic choice. Still … let’s hope the loss of Lilly is WAY down this strange road we now walk together.

The song certainly has religious undertones. However, I also think about it as a down-to-earth, well-grounded expression of love between me and Lilly — who is indeed my Heart Dog, my canine soul mate.

Perhaps these lines from the song are most suited to the treatment decisions we now face:

So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart

(Sorry if the video doesn’t quite fit here. I couldn’t get the measurements right.)

 

“I Will Wait” by Mumford & Sons

And I came home
Like a stone
And I fell heavy into your arms
These days of dust
Which we’ve known
Will blow away with this new sun

And I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
And I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So break my step
And relent
You forgave and I won’t forget
Know what we’ve seen
And him with less
Now in some way
Shake the excess

But I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

So I’ll be bold
As well as strong
And use my head alongside my heart
So take my flesh
And fix my eyes
That tethered mind free from the lies

But I’ll kneel down
Wait for now
I’ll kneel down
Know my ground

Raise my hands
Paint my spirit gold
And bow my head
Keep my heart slow

Cause I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you
And I will wait, I will wait for you

***

This isn’t the first time I’ve had a dog anthem song in my life. When we were losing our yellow lab Cody to hemangiosarcoma years ago, another song by Van Morrison was popular. Every time I hear it now, I think of my sweet, brown-nosed “Toad” as we jokingly called him.

Precious Time by Van Morrison

 

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I’m a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles … and, of course, all things pet related.

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Kim - September 13, 2012

Lovely 🙂 This year I discovered the song “Another Heartbreak” by the Barenaked Ladies and it became a sort of Anthem for me and my Heart Dog Casey (she was my 4-legged soul mate).

And it certainly has been “another heartbreak”…I just lost her yesterday to pancreatic cancer.

While it’ll be a long, long time before I can listen to that song without sobbing, I am glad that I do have a song that wil help spark my many memories of her.

I’m happy that you have an anthem with Lily too…hopefully it’ll be a long time before her road ends though.

Hilary - September 12, 2012

I like this song a lot. I think the lyrics can be applied to any situation–if it comforts you, then it is an anthem! I’m glad you posted the lyrics–very moving. (And I didn’t know Cody died from hemangiosarcoma–that’s how Frisbee went. So sorry to hear you went through that.)

I am glad you posted this–I never heard of it before!

Sam - September 12, 2012

Mumford & Sons really know how to reach your soul, I think. I thought the same thing with Sam – we are in his twilight years. I felt this song was perfect.

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Jodi - September 12, 2012

I think I just heard this very song in a video showing a woman reuniting with her dog.

It is beautiful and very moving.

Stay strong.
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