Life is fast. Put it on Pause. Play this.

Via on Feb 9, 2012

A song for hard times, but not bad times.

Hard times that are necessary, that lead to a better life. I needed this right now. Maybe you did, too?

Looking for heaven, found a devil in me

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back

So shake him off

Shake it out.

 

Regrets collect like old friends
Here to relive your darkest moments
I can see no way, I can see no way
And all of the ghouls come out to play

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And every demon wants his pound of flesh
But I like to keep some things to myself
I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

 

And I’ve been a fool and I’ve been blind
I can never leave the past behind
I can see no way, I can see no way
I’m always dragging that horse around

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And our love is pastured such a mournful sound
Tonight I’m gonna bury that horse in the ground
So I like to keep my issues strong
But it’s always darkest before the dawn

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Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

I am done with my graceless heart
So tonight I’m gonna cut it out and then restart
Cause I like to keep my issues strong
It’s always darkest before the dawn

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Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

And given half the chance would I take any of it back
It’s a fine romance but it’s left me so empty
It’s always darkest before the dawn

Oh woah, oh woah…

And I’m damned if I do and I’m damned if I don’t
So here’s to drinks in the dark at the end of my road
And I’m ready to suffer and I’m ready to hope
It’s a shot in the dark and right at my throat
Cause looking for heaven, found a devil in me
Looking for heaven, found a devil in me
Well what the hell I’m gonna let it happen to me

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah
Shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, shake it out, ooh woaaah

And it’s hard to dance with a devil on your back
So shake him off, oh woah

Happiness!

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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26 Responses to “Life is fast. Put it on Pause. Play this.”

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  2. I absolutely did need it. Thanks!

  3. Loved this! Thanks!

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  4. Shawna Turner Shawna says:

    Florence and the Machine rocks my world. I love to blast her album right through while I dance through warrior in my living room!

  5. snowyogi says:

    love love love

  6. nick says:

    THANK YOU!!!

  7. nic says:

    love this post :)..talked about this with a friend a little while ago – this song has such a strong, uplifting vibe about it..

  8. Danielle says:

    Florence or yoga – both great alone. Florence + yoga = amazingness. Really, try it if you haven't already!

  9. Hannah B says:

    Music can almost heal this littlle anusara heart. Thanks for postiing.

  10. Svetla says:

    Amazing song!!!! So moving and inspiring. Waylon, you introduced me to Lana Del Ray few months ago and now this… – what a good taste in music you have, thank you

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  12. Chandrala K says:

    Florencasana….total bliss!

  13. melissa says:

    love it!!
    fellow EJ contributor,
    Melissa

  14. hayleyrules says:

    She is a goddess, listening to her makes any day better!

  15. Elle says:

    love this song. been haunting me for over a month – nudging me towards some changes i need to make, haha. thanks for the post, and the extra nudge, haha :-)

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  17. lifeyum says:

    Love! Her song inspired me to write this: http://lifeyum.com/2012/01/13/shout-it-out/

    Thank you.

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  21. Lori says:

    Was just thinking about this song the other day. Love it. Thanks for posting.

  22. Mary noble says:

    Yes!!! I have been playing this for my Sun B with my power flow here in Ashland! Love it!!!!!

  23. I can't listen to this enough. So inspiring!

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