The Power of Music

If music be the food of love, play on;

Give me excess of it, that, surfeiting,

The appetite may sicken, and so die”

Shakespeare – Twelfth Night

Music is a universal language that transcends boundaries and unites people.

Doorway has witnessed at first hand, during music workshops, the ways in which music can break down barriers in communication and weave through mental and physical health issues.

Shakespeare recognised the importance of music and used it throughout his works to explain the plot.

How many of us can remember song lyrics from years ago but not remember what someone said to us 5 minutes ago?

We all recognise that feeling of wistful remembrance when we hear a song from our past – an old distant friend resonating through our head once again.

The power of lyrics is phenomenal…songs of heartbreak, songs of rebellion, songs of torment, songs of hope, songs of good times. There is a song out there for every conceivable emotional state.

Recently, I listened once again to an old song from my teenage years. I stood, speechless, as I remembered the times I had listened to it over 25 years ago. Those lyrics are even more relevant today considering the desperate stories of the people visiting the Doorway drop-in sessions.

Read the lyrics and remember that however bad life gets there, are always those who are going through worse times…

The Cars – Drive

(Composer: Ric Ocasek)


Who’s gonna tell you when

It’s too late

Who’s gonna tell you things

Aren’t so great


You can’t go on

Thinking nothing’s wrong

Who’s gonna drive you home tonight


Who’s gonna pick you up

When you fall

Who’s gonna hang it up

When you call

Who’s gonna pay attention

To your dreams

Who’s gonna plug their ears

When you scream



Who’s gonna hold you down

When you shake

Who’s gonna come around

When you break


All song lyrics are the property and copyright of their respective owners.All song lyrics provided for educational purposes and personal use only.Doorway is a not-for-profit organisation.


About Lisa @ doorway

Lisa Lewis, Chief Executive of Doorway.
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