The following songs reflect the personal creeds or philosophies of singers and songwriters for the past half-century. These songs represent beliefs that are at times inspirational and powerful, at others more sentimental and private. This exercise demonstrates how beliefs cover a wide spectrum of moods and attitudes.

Frank Sinatra
I believe for every drop of rain that falls, a flower grows.
I believe that somewhere in the darkest night, a candle glows.
I believe for everyone who goes astray, someone will come to show the way.
I believe, I believe.

Don Williams
But I believe in love.
I believe in babies.
I believe in Mom and Dad.
And I believe in you.

Whitney Houston
I believe the children are our future.
Teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

R. Kelly
I believe I can fly, I believe I can touch the sky.
I think about it every night and day, spread my wings and fly away.
I believe I can soar. I see me running through that open door.
I believe I can fly.

Blessed Union of Souls
I believe that love is the answer.
I believe that love will find the way.

  1. List more recent lyrics that communicate a personal philosophy, even if they don’t use the “I believe” formula.
  2. What emotional weight do these lyrics communicate, or fail to communicate? Are some beliefs harder to express or personalize than others? Why?
  3. Obviously love and family are not the only beliefs worth communicating. Take 5 minutes to list as many ideas people believe in as you can. When you are finished, compile a representative list in your blog.
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