Saturday, January 12, 2008

Shine :: Laura Izibor

Guest Blogger: Drea

This song speaks so much truth to me. The transition from college to “year off” and then back to school has been a difficult one. It also has been a transition from angry college activist, to complacent worker bee, and now someone who is attempting to find balance in life between social justice, joy, and career.

There are lines in this song that fit into different times of my life. My life as worker bee was more than just “living in contradiction” as Char Kunkle (Luther College Sociology professor) would say. There are still so many things that I want to do. I’m in school and sick of it. “There’s got to be something else, something more”. But this is it. This is where I am.

This song just makes me happy. It makes me realize that this moment is one which shines. I can’t wait until tomorrow because tomorrow never comes. If I don’t like what I am doing then I need to do what makes me happy. No, I can’t quit school. It would be lovely. But there is an end to school. I will be finished in a year and a half. This job really is temporary.

I just love this song. It makes me feel positive and optimistic when, at times, all I want to do is wallow in negativity and self doubt. What is the point of that? That will get me no where.

Favorite Lyrics:
Let the sunshine on your face. Don’t let your life go to waste.
Now is the time. Got to make up your mind.
Let it shine on your. Let it shine on you.


Laura Izibor is from Dublin. You can visit her here on her myspace page. This song is no longer available on iTunes in the US. I know, disappointing. However, you can hear it on her Myspace page. She wrote the song for the Nanny Diaries. I didn’t know this when I found the song but it is a fun bit of useless information.

This is a nice live version of the song. A little bit faster than the original. It is really short but it is the only one I could find.



Shine::Laura Izibor

Wake up one morning and realize, Your life is one big compromise.
Stuck in the job you swore was only temporary.
Feels like the water’s passing you by. Never done all the things you meant to try.
Stuck in one place, got a pain in your face from all your stressin.
You ask yourself there’s got to me more than what I am living for.
You ask yourself there’s got to be something more.
Let the sunshine on your face. Don’t let your life go to waste.
Now is the time. Got to make up your mind.

Let it shine on you. Let it shine on you.
Fell like there’s nothing, no where to go.
You try and fight but you can’t let go.
Got to so much to gain. Now is the time.

You ask yourself there’s got to be something else, something more.
Let the sunshine on your face. Don’t let your life go to waste.
Now is the time. Got to make up your mind.

Let it shine on your. Let it shine on you
You ask yourself there’s go to be more than what I am living for
You ask yourself there’s got to be something else, something more
Let the sunshine on your face. Don’t let your life go to waste.
Now is the time. Got to make up your mind.
Let it shine on your. Let it shine on you

4 comments:

Dylan said...

you know.. the only thing i could really coherently think during that was "she's pretty.." excellent song choice though

juancarlos said...

Hey Thank you I was looking for who sings this song. I heard it on an HBO Promo and i thought it sounded like Amy Winehouse but none of her songs matched nor were they this upbeat... so I googled the lyrics that I could rememebr from HBO and led me to your site. Thanks a bunch!

Anonymous said...

hey! just wanted to stop and say that i was looking for this song as well (heard it on HBO too lol), and was wondering if you had the url address to her myspace page. cause i cannot find it ANYWHERE!! lol so, if you know, hit me up, cause i would so love to have it on my myspace page! =)
email: kbholloway071@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Take a look at http://www.sweetslyrics.com/555043.Laura%20Izibor%20-%20Shine.html for slightly different lyrics ("the world's passing you by" not "the water", and others) which seem to be more correct.

Thanks for your posting and comments about the song anyway, it is also one of my favorites.