Follow Your Heart

Music, Thoughts

Dear Indecisive, Torn or Otherwise Confused Readers, 

When I am going through a tough time, this is my go-to song. Against the Grain by City & Colour evokes the melancholic nature of decision making in the most important areas of your life.


It provides words of assurance that you do not need to “fix” your life. Something that so frequently occupies my mind and my time.

There is a quote I love, “Nature never hurries, yet everything is accomplished.” by Lao Tzu. I feel Dallas Green is giving a similar message.

To allow the natural progression of events in your life to direct you to a certain point, to act out of instinct and the deepness of your heart’s longings.


In this song Dallas Green’s connecting point throughout is that you have to make your own way through these dark tunnels and confusing times. Even as you do, you can be your own biggest obstacle. Your resistance to change, or your past pain.

This song has been so relevant to my life in many different seasons. It is sad, but comforting at the same time.

[Photos above from when I saw City & Colour in concert at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle, January 2012]

You need not to climb mountaintops,
You need not to cross the sea,
You need not to find a cure for everything that makes you weak.
You need not to reach for the stars when life becomes so dark,
And when the wind does blow against the grain,
You must follow your heart,
You must follow your heart.

When all your friends have come and gone,
And the sun no longer shines,
And the happiness for which you long is washed away like an ocean’s tide,
When all the hard times outweigh the good,
And all your words are misunderstood,
When the day seems lost from the start
You must follow your heart,
You must follow your heart.

If you feel you’ve paid the price,
And your wounds should cease to heal
And everything you love in life spins like a winding wheel.
If you should wake to find you’re abandoned,
And the road you’ve traveled leads to a dead-end
When death creeps in to play it’s part,
You must follow your heart,
You must follow your heart.


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