Inspirational Songs and Poems

These songs and poems evoke strong feelings when you are adopting. Although not all of them pertain specifically to adoption, they can be interpreted that way. The first song is particularly meaningful for me. Tarzan is the first movie that we saw after coming home. My daughter was about the same age as baby Tarzan at the beginning of the film; we laughed because he was doing the same things that she was. And then the song Two Worlds, One Family came on, and it brought tears to my eyes as I held my daughter, born in another land and then adopted into mine.

If you see iTunes next to a song, it is available for download; clicking it will automatically launch iTunes or, if you don't have this application, it will take you to the iTunes download page. I have created a separate iTunes page if you would like to bookmark it for future shopping. Also see my KAF Adoption iMixicon for a listing of all the songs available on iTunes. This page contains songs with a few lines of lyrics and are more commercially available.

Two Worlds Phil Collins -  Two Worlds
by Phil Collins, on the Tarzan new window link soundtrack. "...Put your faith in what you most believe in, Two worlds, one family..."

You'll Be In My Heart Phil Collins - You'll Be In My Heart
by Phil Collins, on the Tarzan new window link soundtrack. "...I know we're different but, Deep inside us, We're not that different at all. And you'll be in my heart,..."

Parents that are waiting to travel will find the following song particularly meaningful.
Somewhere Out There Somewhere Out There on the An American Tail new window link soundtrack. "...Somewhere out there, Someone's saying a prayer, That we'll find one another..."

A Place for You Wayne Watson - A Beautiful Place - A Place for You
by Wayne Watson. Many people have used this song during christening, baptism or dedications. You can do an internet search to find places online or try your local Christian book store to purchase it. It is on his A Beautiful Place CD. "...So come cross the ocean, safe to the harbor, Into a family two worlds away..."

Swept Away Swept Away
by Geoff Moore [external link], on his A Beautiful Sound new window link CD. He has a daughter adopted from China. "...What once was just a dream, Is now reaching up to me, And I hold her in my arms.."

When Love Takes You In When Love Takes You In
Written by Steven Curtis Chapman [external link], who has a daughter adopted from China
From the CDs Declaration new window link and All About Love new window link.
1 Jn 3: 1; Jn 14: 18; Psalm 68: 5-6. "...And somewhere while you're sleeping, Someone else is dreaming too, Counting down the days until, They hold you close and say I love you..."

All I Really Want Steven Curtis Chapman - All I Really Want for Christmas - All I Really Want on the All I Really Want for Christmas new window link CD, also by Steven Curtis Chapman. There is a wonderful music video on his website. "...All I really want for Christmas is a someone to tuck me in, ...All I really want for Christmas is a family..."

Happy Adoption Day Happy Adoption Day
by John McCutcheon. On his Family Garden new window link CD and the compilation CD Sound & Spirit: Welcoming Children into the World new window link. "...There are those who think families happen by chance, A mystery their whole life through, But we had a voice and we had a choice, We were working and waiting for you..." You can find the lyrics on his website [external link].

I Knew I Loved You Savage Garden - I Knew I Loved You
by Savage Garden. On their Affirmation new window link CD. Real audio clip available. "... I knew I loved you before I met you, I think I dreamed you into life, I knew I loved you before I met you, I have been waiting all my life..."

A Prayer for Children or We Are Responsible for Children was written by Ina Hughs. You can find both versions easily online by searching for the title. It can also be found in the book A Prayer for Children new window link. Each version is the same with "pray" substituted for "are responsible", but the simple substitution of a few words changes the meaning.

The Red Thread and I Had Something by Lucy Kaplansky [external link]
On her Red Thread new window link CD Lucy Kaplansky - The Red Thread. She has a daughter adopted from China.

In my Daughter's Eyes In My Daughter's Eyes
by Martina McBride on her album Martina new window link. "... But the truth is plain to see, She was sent to rescue me, I see who I wanna be, In my daughter's eyes... "

Bless the Broken Road Bless the Broken Road
by Rascal Flatts on their Feels Like Today new window link CD. "...I couldn't see how every sign pointed straight to you, Every long lost dream lead me to where you are..."

Do you have a little love to share? by Janice Kapp Perry [external link] (composer) and Joy Saunders Lundberg (lyricist). "How would you like to be the one, Who opens up the window and welcomes in the sun, In a young child's sad and lonely life..."

Blessed Elton John: The Greatest Hits 1970-2002 - Blessed
by Elton John, on his Greatest Hits 1970-2002 new window link CD. "I know you're still a dream, your eyes might be green, or the bluest that I've ever seen..."

Gotcha Day Ann Pence - GOTCHA DAY
by Ann Pence. Although written about adoption from China, many of the lyrics ring true for any international adoption. The CD is available from CD Baby: Gotcha Day [external link].

Someone Like You Van Morrison -  Someone Like You
by Van Morrison, on the CDs At the Movies: Soundtrack Hits new window link and the French Kiss new window link soundtrack. "I've been searching a long time, For someone exactly like you, I've been traveling all around the world..."

God Bless the Children Wayne Warner -  God Bless the Children
is a project started by Nashville artist Wayne Warner [external link] to benefit the Dave Thomas Foundation. Be sure to read all the pages on Wayne's website to see the story behind the song and the project.

I Have Hope [external link] J. Brian Hill - I Have Hope
J. Brian Hill [external link] adopted his daughter from Kazakhstan. CD proceeds benefit his adoption agency's program. Father's Table was written while they were waiting on paperwork; "There is a place of love, waiting for you..." What Can I Do? was written for all the orphans; "...I can lend a helping hand." Who Hears the Cry? was based upon their visits to the orphanage; "Forgotten children sing a different song.."

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