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What is your Fire Song?
« on: December 03, 2019, 07:16:44 PM »
This idea came from the 2020 Cohort Thread but it deserves it's own topic.

What song best exemplifies your FIRE journey, or best illustrates why you are making the sacrifices in order to become FI and or RE?  What do you listen to for inspiration, motivation or keeps you going when it gets tough. What song do you plan on playing the day you FIRE?

Here's mine to start...

Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Craddle, this verse sums it up for me.  He wasted his whole life working only to miss out on his kid's childhood.  I'm not going to do that..

I've long since retired and my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, I'd like to see you if you don't mind
He said, I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad
It's been sure nice talking to you
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when"
But we'll get together then, dad
We're gonna have a good time then

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2019, 06:45:42 PM »
I'll play! I have a whole FIRE anthems playlist going. Some are cheesy motivational songs like Keith Urbans "Better Life" and Panic at the Disco's "High Hopes"

I like Walk the Moon's "One Foot" for keeping me motivated in these last "middle years" when sometimes it feels like such a long journey still ahead.

And for general perspective, I love Fiona Apple's "Better than Fine":

If you don't have a song
To sing you're okay
You know how to get along
Humming
Hmmm
If you don't have a date
Celebrate
Go out and sit on the lawn
And do nothing
'Cause it's just what you must do
Nobody does it anymore
No I don't believe in the wasting of time,
But I don't believe that I'm wasting mine
If you don't have a point to make
Don't sweat it
You'll make a sharp one being so kind
And I'd sure appreciate it
Everyone else's goal's to get big headed
Why should I follow that beat being that I'm
Better than fine

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2019, 07:25:09 PM »
Sure, I'll crosspost my contribution from the other thread.

My 3-year-old doesn't have a lot of exposure to Disney, but he likes the original Pete's Dragon movie with Helen Reddy. This song from the movie makes an excellent FIRE anthem:

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It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
So throw off the past and everything in it,
That's the Brazzle Dazzle way,
Enjoying your time, from minute to minute,
Running through the sand without your shoes on,
Making sure that you don't keep your blues on,
Finding a boat we can cruise on

It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
When you think of love and never of sorrow,
That's the Brazzle Dazzle way,
To do your work now and take off tomorrow,
Flying through the air, you don't need wings on,
Climb right up and feel the thrill it brings on,
Flock with the wind as it sings on.

Ride higher and higher and glide above the clouds,
Free! No one to catch us or slow us,
Even the birds are below us!

It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
A lifetime of joy in just a few hours,
All our Brazzle Dazzle years have just begun,
We'll follow the sun and replay,
This Brazzle Dazzle day!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMULczmw6Vc

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2019, 07:49:42 PM »
Sure, I'll crosspost my contribution from the other thread.

My 3-year-old doesn't have a lot of exposure to Disney, but he likes the original Pete's Dragon movie with Helen Reddy. This song from the movie makes an excellent FIRE anthem:

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It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
So throw off the past and everything in it,
That's the Brazzle Dazzle way,
Enjoying your time, from minute to minute,
Running through the sand without your shoes on,
Making sure that you don't keep your blues on,
Finding a boat we can cruise on

It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
When you think of love and never of sorrow,
That's the Brazzle Dazzle way,
To do your work now and take off tomorrow,
Flying through the air, you don't need wings on,
Climb right up and feel the thrill it brings on,
Flock with the wind as it sings on.

Ride higher and higher and glide above the clouds,
Free! No one to catch us or slow us,
Even the birds are below us!

It's a Brazzle Dazzle day,
A lifetime of joy in just a few hours,
All our Brazzle Dazzle years have just begun,
We'll follow the sun and replay,
This Brazzle Dazzle day!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMULczmw6Vc

Nice touch adding the youtube link...

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2019, 01:14:21 AM »
I'd suggested Steer by Missy Higgins in a different thread/context, but it's such a perfect FIRE song that it belongs here too:

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Feel it falling off like clothing
Taste it rolling on your tongue
See the lights above you glowing
Oh, and breathe them deep into your lungs

It was always simple, not hidden hard
You've been pulling at the strings
Playing puppeteer for kings
And you've had enough

But the search ends here
Where the night is totally clear
And your heart is fierce
So now you finally know
That you control where you go
You can steer

So hold this feeling like a new born
Of freedom surging through your veins
You have opened up a new door
So bring on the wind, fire and rain

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gf0qu3EAfTY
« Last Edit: December 05, 2019, 01:16:31 AM by damyst »

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2019, 02:22:05 AM »
And you run, and you run to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking
Racing around to come up behind you again
The sun is the same in a relative way, but you're older
Shorter of breath, and one day closer to death
Every year is getting shorter, never seem to find the time
Plans that either come to naught or half a page of scribbled lines

Time by Pink Floyd

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #6 on: December 05, 2019, 06:55:47 AM »
I want to learn the "ooh, it feels good to be free!" dance from the video for "Breakin' Up" by Rilo Kiley and sing/dance around the living room on my first day of freedom! Lately I've also been inspired by "Into the Unknown" (the Panic at the Disco! version from Frozen 2), because that's what making the jump to FIRE feels like...

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #7 on: December 05, 2019, 08:01:49 AM »
Light As Anything  has been my latest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Xzro3TDxso


On the edge of blowin' away
I'll stay
This balance game
Is what I'm happy to play
Must be
This feeling of free

Don't you know I'm tired
Of these paint by numbers?
Talk about my comfort
That's a risk I'm willing to ride
To try to be happy
Sounds like a plan to me
Don't it sound like?

This is the fire that keeps me up all night
And still at church on time
And feeling light as anything
This is the sun that keeps my mornings bright
That keeps my pocket tight
And somehow light as anything
I'd say that life is better on my side
So come and waste some time
We could be light as anything
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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #8 on: December 05, 2019, 09:39:05 AM »
I love this one! One of my favorite "work sucks I wanna be free" songs is Go by Apples in Stereo. It's extremely catchy.
Go
When you go into the place
That you work you have no face
You know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
And you get the evil eye
From the people you despise
And you know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
You're such a pretty, pretty, pretty little girl
Let's blow this ugly, ugly, ugly little world
Go
There's a party going down
All your friends are going 'round
You know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
As the people that you know
Act like monkeys in a row
You know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
You're such a pretty, pretty, pretty little girl
Let's blow this ugly, ugly, ugly little world
Go
When you go into the shop
Lady watches like a cop
You know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
She don't like the way you look
So she treats you like a crook
You know you wanna go (go baby)
The moment that you get there (go baby)
You're such a pretty, pretty, pretty little girl
Let's blow this ugly, ugly, ugly little world
Go

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2019, 10:08:15 AM »
For most of my life I've been a daydreamer.

As  a FIREee  I have plenty of time for daydreaming.

“Daydream” by the Lovin' Spoonful always reminds me of what it's like to be FIREd.


"Daydream" Lyrics


 
What a day for a day dream
 What a day for a day dreamin' boy
 And I'm lost in a day dream
 Dreamin' 'bout my bundle of joy

 And even if time ain't really on my side
 It's one of those days for taking a walk outside
 I'm blowing the day to take a walk in the sun
 And fall on my face in somebody's new mowed lawn

 I've been havin' a sweet dream
 I've been dreamin' since I woke up today
 It's starring me in my sweet dream
 Cause she's the one that makes me feel this way

 And even if time is passin' me by a lot
 I couldn't care less about the dues you say I got
 Tomorrow I'll pay the dues for dropping my load
 A pie in the face for being a sleepy bull toad

 And you can be sure that if you're feelin right
 A day dream will last a long time into the night
 Tomorrow at breakfast you may prick up your ears
 Or you may be dreamin' for a thousand years

 What a day for a day dream
 Custom made for a day dreamin' boy
 And now I'm lost in a day dream
 Dreamin' about my bundle of joy


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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #10 on: December 05, 2019, 10:12:55 AM »
I'll submit John Prine's Spanish Pipedream:

She was a level-headed dancer on the road to alcohol
And I was just a soldier on my way to montreal
Well she pressed her chest against me
About the time the juke box broke
Yeah, she gave me a peck on the back of the neck
And these are the words she spoke

Blow up your t.v. throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find jesus on your own

Well, I sat there at the table and I acted real naive
For I knew that topless lady had something up her sleeve
Well, she danced around the bar room and she did the hoochy-coo
Yeah she sang her song all night long, tellin' me what to do

Blow up your t.v. throw away your paper
Go to the country, build you a home
Plant a little garden, eat a lot of peaches
Try an find jesus on your own

Well, I was young and hungry and about to leave that place
When just as I was leavin', well she looked me in the face
I said "you must know the answer."
"she said, "no but I'll give it a try."
And to this very day we've been livin' our way
And here is the reason why

We blew up our t.v. threw away our paper
Went to the country, built us a home
Had a lot of children, fed 'em on peaches
They all found jesus on their own

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #11 on: December 05, 2019, 11:15:29 AM »
Mine isn't a song but a video. I Could Be The One by Avicii.

Basically she's a office worker who dreams of being free. One day she goes apeshit and destroys the office and tells her co-workers to F off.
Then she leaves for a tropical island where she has flings and rides horses etc.
It's very funny (spoiler:  ignore the last few seconds)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bek1y2uiQGA

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2019, 11:21:04 AM »
This idea came from the 2020 Cohort Thread but it deserves it's own topic.

What song best exemplifies your FIRE journey, or best illustrates why you are making the sacrifices in order to become FI and or RE?  What do you listen to for inspiration, motivation or keeps you going when it gets tough. What song do you plan on playing the day you FIRE?

Here's mine to start...

Harry Chapin - Cat's in the Craddle, this verse sums it up for me.  He wasted his whole life working only to miss out on his kid's childhood.  I'm not going to do that..

I've long since retired and my son's moved away
I called him up just the other day
I said, I'd like to see you if you don't mind
He said, I'd love to, dad, if I could find the time
You see, my new job's a hassle, and the kids have the flu
But it's sure nice talking to you, dad
It's been sure nice talking to you
And as I hung up the phone, it occurred to me
He'd grown up just like me
My boy was just like me

And the cat's in the cradle and the silver spoon
Little boy blue and the man in the moon
"When you coming home, son?" "I don't know when"
But we'll get together then, dad
We're gonna have a good time then



"Money, Money, Money" is about a woman who longs for attachment to a rich man.

Putting her wish aside,  I  think  the bolded lyrics are apropos of the thoughts and  aspirations  of most Mu$tachian$ not yet FIREd.

 



 "Money, Money Money" by ABBA


 

 I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
 Ain't it sad?
 And still, there never seems to be a single penny left for me
 That's too bad

 
In my dreams, I have a plan
If I got me a wealthy man
I wouldn't have to work at all
 I'd fool around and have a ball


 
 Money, money, money
 Must be funny
 In the rich man's world
 Money, money, money
Always sunny
 In the rich man's world

 A-ha, ah
All the things I could do
 If I had a little money

 It's a rich man's world

 
 A man like that is hard to find, but I can't get him off my mind
 Ain't it sad?
 And if he happens to be free, I bet he wouldn't fancy me
 That's too bad

 
So I must leave, I'll have to go
 To Las Vegas or Monaco
 And win a fortune in a game
My life will never be the same

 
 Money, money, money
 Must be funny
 In the rich man's world
 Money, money, money
 Always sunny
 In the rich man's world
 A-ha, ah
 All the things I could do
 If I had a little money
 It's a rich man's world

 [Outro]
 It's a rich man's world



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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2019, 11:24:21 AM »
Alicia Keys - This girl is on Fire!!  Helpsalot when my boss is being an ass!

She's just a girl, and she's on fire
Hotter than a fantasy, longer like a highway
She's living in a world, and it's on fire
Feeling the catastrophe, but she knows she can fly away
Oh, she got both feet on the ground
And she's burning it down
Oh, she got her head in the clouds
And she's not backing down

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Re: What is your Fire Song?
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2019, 11:26:44 AM »
I've got two songs:

"My Way", Frank Sinatra. To me, being financially dependent on a job means that I need to live my life the way the company wants me to instead of living it my way (I'm guessing that more than a few people on this forum agree...). I want to look back on my life in my old age and be able to say "...I did it my way." Which will be a lot easier if I have the freedom to do it my way, instead of my bosses way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQzdAsjWGPg

"The Final Countdown" by Europe. Honestly, I don't know the full lyrics to this song. Yes, I'm one of those people who has fallen in love with a song based on the catch-phrase. I'm OK with that. I want to spend the last week of my pre-FIRE career rocking out to this song, regularly screaming "It's the final countdown!" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9jK-NcRmVcw