Song of the Day: I Believe by Christina Perri

the layers within by agnes-cecile

I Believe is a song recorded by American singer-songwriter Christina Perri for her second studio album, Head or Heart(2014).

Lyrics:

I believe if I knew where I was going I’d lose my way
I believe that the words that he told you are not your grave
I know that we are not the weight of all our memories
I believe in the things that I am afraid to say

Hold on, hold on

I believe in the lost possibilities you can see
And I believe that the darkness reminds us where light can be
I know that your heart is still beating, beating, darling
I believe that you fell so you would land next to me

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

I believe that tomorrow is stronger than yesterday
And I believe that your head is the only thing in your way
I wish that you could see your scars turn into beauty
I believe that today it’s okay to be not okay

Hold on, hold on

‘Cause I have been where you are before
And I have felt the pain of losing who you are
And I have died so many times, but I am still alive

This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on) This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on) This is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning
(Hold on, I am still alive) this is not the end of me, this is the beginning

……

Perri closes her Head Or Heart album with this uplifting track. The song was written by Perri for her headlining performance on three California shows with To Write Love On Your Arms, a non-profit organization which aims to present hope for people struggling with addiction, self-injury and thoughts of suicide. “I remember sitting in my house and I said, ‘I have to make a show that is fresh. I just came off touring and a lot of the people in the audience came to my shows so I have to make something special for them,'” she recalled to Radio.com. “Not to mention, I had so many of the issues this organization deals with as a teenager and as a young women and that I continue to deal with daily. I felt very, very connected emotionally to this topic.”

Perri never intended this to be on Hand Or Heart. “I wrote this song just for these kids and had no idea it would make the album at all. I go and do this show and it was as magical as I’ve ever dreamed it to be, even better,” she said. “I had goosebumps and there were people crying and it was this really, really special moment.”

Perri added: “It went ‘Jar of Hearts‘ crazy where people were getting tattoos of the lyrics. It’s the album closer. I had a British children’s choir. It’s exactly what I hoped it would be, the way it came out. It has one of those genuine stories for me. It was meant to be on this album. It was just bigger than me. It became a part of my life. [songfacts]

Christina Perri

Birth name Christina Judith Perri
Born August 19, 1986 (age 29)
Origin Bensalem, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Genres
  • Pop
  • power pop
  • pop rock
  • adult contemporary
  • folk pop
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • guitarist
  • pianist
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • piano
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
Years active 2010–present
Labels Atlantic Records
Website http://www.christinaperri.com

image by Silvia Pelissero aka agnes-cecile

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