The thought of leaving home often stirs up a whole plethora of emotions. The prospect of it can be exciting, there’s no doubt about that. At the same time, it can also make you feel like you’re leaving a big part of yourself behind, especially if you haven’t moved around much as a kid. The thing is, there are times when you almost have to leave a part of yourself behind in order to truly come into your own.
The only certain thing associated with leaving home is that in most cases, you have so many emotions that you can scarcely even put them all into words. That’s exactly why so many people resort to songs that can help them sort out their feelings about the matter. Below are 10 of the best examples out there.
10. Breakaway (Kelly Clarkson)
Of course, not all people are saddened by the idea of leaving home. This ca occur for a variety of reasons. In some cases, the time spent at home hasn’t necessarily been all that happy. In such instances, the person involved may be looking forward to leaving. That’s exactly what is happening with the storyteller in this song. They don’t look at the thought of leaving home as something to make them sad. Instead, they look forward to it because they can’t wait to start a life of their own where they can blossom and by themselves.
9. Wide Open Spaces (The Chicks)
This is another song that makes the idea of leaving home seem more like an adventure than anything else. The lyrics speak of wanting to get away because there are so many things to be enjoyed and experienced that simply can’t be had while staying at home. If you ever find yourself on the fence about leaving, this is a song that can help you focus on the positive side of things.
8. Closing Time (Semisonic)
This particular song isn’t all that different from most in the sense that you can use the lyrics to fit a rather wide variety of different situations. In this context, the lyrics are quite matter-of-fact. They talk about the idea that you can go virtually anywhere you would like to go. The one thing you can’t do is stay where you are. In other words, the song is sort of like the audible equivalent of a bird pushing the babies out of the nest so they learn to fly.
7. Colder Weather (Zac Brown Band)
There is just one word that can be readily associated with this song: ouch. It takes all the hard things about leaving home into account. Specifically, it deals with the idea that you can’t always have it all, no matter how hard you might try to do exactly that. The lyrics speak of someone who has found true love, right there in their hometown.
The problem is, they also have a dream of making it big in the music industry. In order to accomplish that goal, they must leave and travel the world. This song tells the story of what happens to a relationship when two people who actually love each other deeply don’t share the same ideals for their life in other respects. The storyteller’s significant other has no desire whatsoever to travel the word. In fact, they want to stay right where they are. That forces the person in the song to decide which they value more, the relationship or the desire to pursue their dreams.
6. Suds in the Bucket (Sara Evans)
On the flip side of the coin, you have a story about someone who is consumed with young love (and the type of fire and passion that goes with it). She has the chance to leave home and start a life with the person she has fallen in love with, and she is completely enthralled with the idea. In fact, she is so excited by it that she leaves her laundry unfinished, deciding that love waits for no one and she will not be left behind.
5. Unwritten (Natasha Bedingfield)
Here you have a song that inspires you to let go of the things that may not serve you as well in order to pursue something new. Just as the title implies, one’s future is not written in stone. The exciting thing is that you have the chance to be the author of your own life. If you don’t take that chance, someone else will do it for you (and they may not have your best interest in mind). In short, you can decide how you want to live your life, but you have to be willing to take a few chances.
4. Don’t Forget to Remember Me (Carrie Underwood)
The song tells the story from a slightly different perspective, that of the mother who is seeing her daughter move out after 18 years of raising her. She is asking her daughter to remember the ones who love her the most and never forget where she came from. It’s a story that practically any mother can identify with, as she may not be nearly as excited about the move as her teenage child.
3. Never Grow Up (Taylor Swift)
Of course, not every person is so excited about leaving home. While many people consider it a rite of passage, others are far more apprehensive. This is a song that speaks to those souls who really don’t want to leave. In fact, it takes things a step further by talking about missing childhood and wishing that you could go back and relive the entire experience all over again.
2. Should I Stay or Should I Go (The Clash)
The title of the song says it all. It’s all about weighing the options and deciding which course of action to take. It also perfectly describes the feeling of not being sure which option is actually best.
1. It’s Time (Imagine Dragons)
Everyone feels a certain amount of fear when a big change is ahead. It’s just human nature. That being said, this is a song all about living life in such a way that you don’t bow to your fears, but rather face them head-on. It focuses on the fact that you have to be willing to embrace change in order to experience growth. Otherwise, you might miss out on the things that are most important to you.
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