March 10, 2009

Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me



There's a Beach Boys song I want to share with you today, from their album, "Surf's Up," called "Long Promised Road." I love the concept of knocking down roadblocks and throwing off shackles.

Many of us are blocked and shackled by our own fears and anxieties. We can let these shackles bind us, or we can decide to take control and learn how to manage the fears and throw off the shackles. It's not easy, it can be painful, and you might need help to accomplish it, but it's so worth it in the end to feel the satisfaction of overcoming a roadblock and being free from fear.

Here are a couple of stanzas:

So hard to answer future's riddle
When ahead is seeming so far behind
So hard to laugh a child-like giggle
When the tears start to torture my mind
So hard to shed the life of before
To let my soul automatically soar

But I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down ...

... So hard to lift the jeweled sceptre
When the weight turns a smile to a frown
So hard to drink of passion nectar
When the taste of life's holding me down
So hard to plant the seed of reform
To set my sights on defeating the storm

So I hit hard at the battle that's confronting me, yeah
Knock down all the roadblocks a-stumbling me
Throw off all the shackles that are binding me down

Listen to the whole album here, or just scroll down to "Long Promised Road."

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