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Traditional and Inspirational Songs About Hope and Bravery

Linda Crampton has loved music since childhood. She plays the piano and recorder, sings, and listens to classical, folk, and early music.

Music can open the door to new ideas and feelings.

Music can open the door to new ideas and feelings.

The Wonder of Music

Music has the mysterious and often wonderful ability to influence our emotions, sometimes profoundly. It can calm us down when we're agitated, comfort us in times of sadness, and inspire us when we need help. Some genres may be more meaningful than others for certain listeners. Folk and traditional music are two styles of music that I enjoy. Sometimes they do more than entertain me. The pieces in this article cover the themes of hope and bravery, two qualities that can be very useful in life. The songs and the performers have interesting backgrounds that are worth exploring.

A Luther memorial in Wittenberg

A Luther memorial in Wittenberg

How Can I Keep From Singing

"How Can I Keep From Singing?" was originally a Christian song. The folk singer Pete Seeger removed the overtly religious references from the song during the 1960s but kept the inspirational theme. Seeger's version is the one sung below. An alternate name for the song is "My Life Flows on in Endless Song", which is the first line in each version. Unlike several of the songs in this collection, this one is sweet and pensive rather than triumphant.

The music is said to have been written by an American Baptist minister named Robert Wadsworth Lowry (1826–1899). This assumption may not be accurate. Lowry supervised the publication of many hymnals. He may have collected the tune instead of writing it himself.

The identity of the lyricist is even more uncertain than that of the composer. According to the first source in the "References" section below, the lyrics were published in the New York Observer in 1868 and were attributed to a woman named Pauline T.

Meaning of the Lyrics

In the original lyrics, the singer says that despite "earth's lamentation" and "the tumult and strife" of life, they can hear people singing a hymn in the distance. As they listen, they can't help adding their voice to the choir. Over time, they find that the "peace of Christ" helps them to deal with life's problems as they continue to sing in gratitude.

The idea of inspiration and gratitude are still present in the version of the song in the video below, though the source of the inspiration is vague apart from a line about a fountain springing from deep within the Earth. In the original lyrics, the fountain comes from Christ. Nevertheless, the modified version still contains lines that could suggest an unearthly source of the inspiration.

Scotland the Brave

"Scotland the Brave" is often considered to be an unofficial national anthem for Scotland and is very popular. It was published around 1911 but was likely common before that time. The music is often played on the bagpipes without lyrics. Lyrics do exist, however. They were written by Cliff Hanley in 1951. The chorus is shown below. In the second line of the chorus, "hame" means home.The rest of the lyrics praise Scotland, its natural history, and its people.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave.

A second set of lyrics has also been created for the piece. This version is sung by John McDermott, one of the original members of the group known as The Irish Tenors. The lines above are taken from the original lyrics of the song.

Óró, Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile

"Óró, Sé Do Bheatha Bhaile" is a traditional Irish song. The word "Óró" is a cheer. The rest of the title welcomes someone home. The "someone" is a woman named Gráinne Mhaol or Grace O'Malley, a person who actually existed. In the song, she is returning to Ireland and is accompanied by a group of Irish soldiers. The song expresses the eager hope that she will "disperse the foreigners" (the English) from the country.

The real Grace O'Malley is often referred to as a pirate queen. She appears to have been an assertive and courageous person who was successful in many of her goals. She lived in the sixteenth century and was an atypical woman for that period. Grace owned multiple ships and led many men. Part of her life involved fighting the English, as the song suggests. This fight was very important for the Irish people, who wanted to govern themselves.

Mo Ghile Mear or My Gallant Darling

"Mo Ghile Mear" is another Irish song. In English, it's known as "My Gallant Hero", "My Gallant Darling", or "My Dearest Darling". The hero or darling in the song is Bonnie Prince Charlie, though he's not mentioned by name. The singer laments the loss of the prince.

Prince Charles Edward Stuart (1720–1788) was the grandson of King James Vll of Scotland, who was also King James ll of England. Charles' father was living in exile in France but believed that it was his right to rule Britain. George ll (a Hanoverian) occupied the throne at the time.

While he was a young man, Charles went to Scotland to obtain the throne for the Stuarts by force. The Stuarts were Catholics and the Hanoverians were Protestants. Many Irish people supported Bonnie Prince Charlie and his cause. They believed that having a Catholic monarch would lead to a better life in Ireland.

Charles failed in his attempt to gain the throne. The Battle of Culloden in 1746 was the decisive event that defeated the prince and his forces. Charles used various disguises as he tried to escape from Scotland. He was eventually able to return to France, where he lived until he was sixty-eight.

Though the song honours Charles as a hero, I think that some of the brave people who helped him also deserve to be recognized. Many people lost their lives during the attempt to gain the throne for the Stuarts.

Hope the Hermit Folk Song

"Hope the Hermit" is an old English folk song. People alive today remember singing it in their childhood, but it appears to be slowly fading into history. I think that's a shame. The song was published in The National Song Book, a 1906 collection of British songs edited and arranged by Charles Villiers Stanford. The book was intended to be an educational one for students studying music in schools.

The lyrics describe a wise and elderly hermit who lives in a forest. People from far and near visit him and are cheered by his advice. He tells them that:

The very longest lane,
Has a turning, it is plain,
E'en the blackest of clouds will fly.

The chorus repeats the theme of hope.

Though to care we are born,
Yet the dullest morn
Often heralds in the fairest day

Some of the other songs in this article may be more supportive when life is hard, but I think "Hope the Hermit" is an enjoyable piece of music.

The Lord's Prayer by Andrea Bocelli

The Lord's Prayer is found in Matthew 6:9-13 in the Bible. The Bible is divided into sections called books."Matthew" is one of them. The Lord's Prayer is located in Chapter 6 and verses 9 to 13 in Matthew. Another version is given in Luke 11:2-4. The instruction to say the prayer is given by Jesus, which makes it important for many Christians.

The choir, orchestra, and soloist in the video below give a beautiful and soaring depiction of the prayer. The music and perhaps a feeling of something greater than ourselves may be inspiring even for people who aren't Christians. Even if this isn't the case, the music may be very enjoyable.

The words of the prayer vary slightly in different traditions. The last four lines in the version that I'm familiar with are shown below. They're sung as a triumphant climax in the video below.

For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever.
Amen.

Land of Hope and Glory

"The Proms" is an eight-week celebration of classical music in the UK. The celebration was started in 1895. It takes place in summer and early fall in London and involves multiple events. Many of these events take place in the Royal Albert Hall, but some happen at other locations, including outdoor ones. The word "prom" is short for promenade concert. The term was once used for concerts in which the audience walked around a park as they listened to music.

A popular event for many people happens on the last day of the celebration. It's known as the "Last Night of the Proms" and is televised by the BBC. The music consists of light and patriotic classics. Part of the tradition is that the audience joins in the chorus of the patriotic songs, waving flags as they do so. I watched the event on television multiple times when I lived in the UK and always loved it.

"Land of Hope and Glory" is a popular piece that is often included in the event. The music was written by Edward Elgar. The piece is actually known as Pomp and Circumstance March No 1 in D major and was published in 1901. The poet A.C. Benson wrote the lyrics for the melody. The first line of the lyrics is sometimes used as the name of the whole piece.

I always found the soaring melody of the song exciting when I heard it at the Proms. Today the lyrics could be criticized for their excessive nationalism, but they matched the mood at the time when they were written. The first four lines are shown below.

Land of Hope and Glory,
Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee,
Who are born of thee?

The Magic of Music

The response to a piece of music may not be the same in everyone who hears it. Fortunately, the world of music is very wide and includes many styles for listeners to explore. If one genre is unappealing, others will almost certainly be attractive.

Music has much to offer in the way of personal enjoyment and inspiration. The quotation below from soprano Lesley Garrett sounds very accurate to me. I don't know what prompted the statement, but I love the thought.

That was when I realized that music is the most profound, magical form of communication there is.

Music can certainly be magical. It's a wonderful art form and method of communication. Hope, bravery, history, and many other topics can be presently very effectively in a musical form. Even when a listener perceives no message in a piece of music, listening to it can create memories that last for a long time.

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© 2020 Linda Crampton

Comments

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 26, 2020:

Thank you, Devika. I always appreciate your visits.

Devika Primic on May 22, 2020:

Interesting and yo have enlightened me of another unique hub. Linda your work is educational and well-researched.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 11, 2020:

I appreciate your comment very much, Adrienne.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on May 11, 2020:

I very much agree with your comment about music, Rajan. Thank you for the visit.

Adrienne Farricelli on May 11, 2020:

Very well-timed article during such a tough time in history when hope and bravery is much needed. Thank you for sharing all these wonderful songs.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on May 11, 2020:

Music and songs have a tremendous power to affect us positively in various shades of emotions. Nice reading about these traditional songs about hope and bravery.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 25, 2020:

That's okay, Nell! I always appreciate your visits.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 25, 2020:

Thank you for the comment, Nell.

Nell Rose from England on April 25, 2020:

I knew I had read this, but forgot I had commented before, lol. Ah well, I enjoyed it twice!

Nell Rose from England on April 25, 2020:

Fantastic! I love all the Celtic songs, but ironically the English Hermit let me a bit, well, cold. LOL! Obviously love Land of Hope and Glory. I love bagpipe music, and thought it was quite funny when I found out I was part Scottish! Great hub.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 18, 2020:

Thank you for commenting, Denise. I enjoy Celtic Woman's music, too. Blessings to you.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on April 18, 2020:

I wasn't aware that Scotland the Brave had words so you have educated me again. This is really lovely. I love the Celtic Woman. I have some albums.

Blessings,

Denise

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 18, 2020:

Thank you for such an interesting comment, Mel. Yes. I'm well at the moment. I hope you stay well, too.

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on April 18, 2020:

"Yet the dullest morn

Often heralds in the fairest day"

I love that line, and how appropriate it is right now.

A lot of interesting history here. Music becomes our history, it lives forever. There are a lot of little ditties I knew when I was a kid that I still find myself humming today. Music never dies.

Great work. I hope you are staying well.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 13, 2020:

I think the songs are beautiful, too. Thank you for the comment, Thelma.

Thelma Alberts from Germany and Philippines on April 13, 2020:

I have heard some of this traditional Irish music before. I love these songs. Beautiful and inspiring. Thanks for sharing the beauty of this article.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 09, 2020:

Hi, Nithya. I agree with your comment about the value of music. It can certainly be magical and have a deep meaning! Thank you very much for the visit and comment.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 09, 2020:

I enjoyed reading about these traditional and inspiring songs. I love -The Lord's Prayer by Andrea Bocelli, it is divine. Music is magical and has a deep meaning that can be found when we listen with our heart and soul.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 09, 2020:

Thank you so much for the lovely comment, Chitrangada.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2020:

Music is therapeutic, and I agree with you completely. Soulful music has the power of healing, to calm the nerves, and to bring down the stress levels.

Your article is timely and the selection of songs is brilliant.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful collection.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on April 05, 2020:

Thank you for commenting, bhattuc. That song has stayed in my mind, too.

bhattuc on April 05, 2020:

Very nice compilation. I liked 'how can I keep from singing ...' much. I was trying to hum it. It is difficult. Might try later. Thanks for this good article.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 28, 2020:

Hi, Dianna. I find the first piece that you mention inspiring, too. Thanks for the visit and the comment.

Dianna Mendez on March 28, 2020:

Love the Lord's Prayer version you posted. Very inspiring. The celtic music always brings a sense of calm to listeners.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 26, 2020:

Yes, isolation could be a major problem for some people at this time. I hope the situation improves soon.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 26, 2020:

That's a very good point, Linda. Sadly it tends to be the older generation who don't have internet. At a time like this it could help ease their isolation.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 25, 2020:

Thank you very much for the comment and for sharing your experience, Jason. I hope you stay safe, too.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on March 24, 2020:

Hi, Linda great article. I loved every video. However, I'm actually a big fan of  Andrea Bocelli. I have even had the privilege of seeing him live. It was amazing. I love the video of him singing the Lord's Prayer. Thanks so much for this article. It was inspirational and uplifting. Stay safe and healthy.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2020:

Thank you for the comment, Dora. I appreciate your visit.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 24, 2020:

Apart from the Celtic Woman singers and The Lord's Prayer by Andrea Bocelli, the songs and singers are new to me, but I enjoy being introduced to them and the facts surrounding them. Thank you.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 24, 2020:

Hi, Liz. Thanks for the kind comment. Some of the churches in my area live streamed their Sunday service, too. There are a lot of options for maintaining a semi-normal life at this time for someone who has access to the Internet. I worry about the people who don't have Internet access, though.

Liz Westwood from UK on March 24, 2020:

I think we all could do with listening to some of these at the moment. The local village church live streamed services on Sunday. The hymns used were very moving and inspirational. Music is a powerful medium. As usual you have put together a beautifully structured and interesting article.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 23, 2020:

Thank you very much for the visit and the interesting comment, Nell.

Nell Rose from England on March 23, 2020:

Hi Linda, I love this. I always play my Irish and scots music, and these choices were wonderful. I noticed there was a McDermott mentioned in there somewhere which made me smile as that is my Scots family name or at least one of them. I totally enjoyed this, thanks

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 23, 2020:

Thank you for the lovely thought and comment, Mitara.

Mitara N from South Africa on March 23, 2020:

Aside from writing, music prides itself with feelings and expression that fills the soul with its meaning.

Great choice of music, and such a pleasure reading your article

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 22, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. I love the idea that music can enlighten the soul.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 22, 2020:

Hi Linda this is amazing to know of and read from you. Music that enlightens the soul and in a good time too.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2020:

Thank you very much for the comment, Linda.

Linda Chechar from Arizona on March 21, 2020:

These are wonderful songs. The musical songs are beautiful among hopefully and soulfully. I've enjoyed them all!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2020:

Hi, Bill. Hope is important at this time. I think that music is important in more ways than one.

Blessings to you as well, Bill.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2020:

Hi, Raymond. I appreciate your visit and comment very much.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2020:

Thank you very much, Bill. I hope you and your family stay safe, too.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 21, 2020:

Thank you for such an interesting comment, Manatita. I hope you have a good weekend and stay safe.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 21, 2020:

Thank you for sharing these, Linda. I like the message of hope, and what better way to deliver it than in music.

Blessings to you always, my friend.

Raymond Philippe from The Netherlands on March 21, 2020:

Linda, what a beautiful collection of songs and very applicable in this day and age.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on March 21, 2020:

Some of these songs I had never heard before, but they are beautiful. There really is something magical about music no matter what genre you enjoy. Stay safe and have a great weekend, Linda.

manatita44 from london on March 21, 2020:

A great food for the soul is music, and you have done an excellent job in bringing this to us. I love folk and traditional music, but some of them also do have a deeper 'soulful' sound, that is to say, they appeal to the soul -- the real in us.

Didn't even know that Borcelli was blind. What a beautiful Spirit and God-sent too. There were a couple of woman in the videos who also stood out for me and they naturally did the most soulful pieces.

Musical is actually the language of Love and seen from an esoteric standpoint, the universe is nothing but music. yet we have to elevate to the level of the Seers and Rishis to hear this. Another necessary Hub for us in these troubling times.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2020:

I love that version of the Lord's Prayer, too, Peggy. Like you, I think it's beautiful. I appreciate your visit and comment.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on March 20, 2020:

This is another great compilation of songs. I was listening to the first video as I was scrolling down. When I saw the one by Andrea Bocelli singing the Lord's Prayer, I had to immediately listen to that one. It is so very beautiful! Thanks!

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2020:

Thank you very much, Flourish. I hope that you and your family stay safe, too. We're fine at the moment. I hope it stays that way.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 20, 2020:

this is very appropriate right now given what we are facing. The songs are lovely and uplift the spirit. I really like Celtic Woman. I hope you and your family are well and stay that way.

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2020:

Thanks, Denise. I appreciate your visit and comment. Blessings to you as well.

Denise McGill from Fresno CA on March 20, 2020:

Wow, you did a lot of research here. Some of these songs I've never heard of before and I'm richer for hearing them now. Thank you.

Blessings,

Denise

Linda Crampton (author) from British Columbia, Canada on March 20, 2020:

Thank you very much for the comment, Pamela. I hope you have a great weekend, too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 20, 2020:

This is such an interesting article. I love the bagpipes in the second video and I also really like the Lord's Prayer. It is hard to Andrea Bocelli singing the Lord's Prayer. I really loved all the music and all the other information.

Have a great weekend, Linda.