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06 February 2010

Don't Stop


If you wake up and don't want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You'll see things in a different way.

Don't stop,
thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop,
It'll soon be here,
It'll be better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you've done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Don't stop,
thinking about tomorrow,
Don't stop,
It'll soon be here,
It'll be better than before,
Yesterday's gone, yesterday's gone.

All I want is to see you smile,
If it takes just a little while,
I know you don't believe that it's true,
I never meant any harm to you.


Fleetwood Mac’s “Don’t Stop” may just be the happiest, most optimistic song I’ve ever heard. It’s impossible to listen to it without succumbing to its infectious, upbeat sentiment. I don’t know what Christine McVie was going through when she wrote it, but it must have been profound. (Upon further research I find that it was apparently written either during or just after her divorce from Fleetwood Mac bassist John McVie.)

I know some people for whom life is not going very well right now. Tough times, hard times, full of uncertainty, worry and doubt. In times like these it’s hard to remain positive…hard to believe that things can or will ever get better. I see the pain in my friends’ eyes. I encourage them to hang on, to have faith...to know that things will get better if they just believe they can. It’s usually not an easy sell.

Don’t stop thinking about tomorrow. Yesterday’s gone. Yesterday’s gone.

5 comments:

Bob said...

I like this song too. It's a real upper.

My only problem with it is that Bill Clinton used it as his theme song when he ran for president in 1992. I can still see him and Hillary dancing on that platform when he was about to accept the Democratic nomination.

This has nothing to do with my feelings about the Clintons. I just hate it when politicians of any ilk adopt good, classic songs as if they had been penned for them.

But that's just me.

Bob Barbanes said...

Bob, I agree with you on the politicizing of pop songs. Wasn't it Bruce Springsteen who nixed the use of one of his songs by...was it Reagan?

Fortunately, I have no mental images at all associated with "Don't Stop," not even of the band performing it. Thus, each time I hear it, it is a new experience depending on what I'm doing at the time. Odd, in that way because that's definitely not the case with most other songs.

Debby said...

Optimism is always a good choice.

alan said...

Christine is still good now but she used to be Perfect

Bob Barbanes said...

Good one, Alan! How many people would get that?

Although I have to disagree, I think she still *is* perfect ;) (Ed note: Christine McVie's maiden name is Perfect.)

I do love her voice - so smooth and sultry - much nicer than that of Stevie Nicks IMHO. I often find myself singing Christine's, "You Make Loving Fun." Sadly, most of the time I'm singing it in the shower...alone. Oh well.