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11 Powerful Song Lyrics That Changed Our Lives Forever

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Whether it's an upbeat track that makes you want to get up and dance or a heartfelt ballad that brings a tear to your eye, there's no doubt that music is pretty powerful. We all have that one song that can bring you back to an old memory like it was just yesterday. Legendary U2 rocker Bono once said, "Music can change the world because it can change people." We couldn't agree more. We asked our Facebook fans to tell us which song lyrics changed their lives forever and still have a huge emotional impact on them today. Scroll through to see their responses and let us know in comments which lyrics stand out to you.

"Landslide" by Fleetwood Mac

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Well, I've been afraid of changing
'Cause I've built my life around you
But time makes you bolder
Even children get older
And I'm getting older too

Stevie Nicks who penned the song later revealed it was her relationship with guitarist Lindsay Buckingham that inspired the lyrics. "And we're going to end up breaking up, and everything we worked for is going to be done and it's all going to be for nothing. That's really want the song 'Landslide' is about," Nicks said in an interview.

"The Greatest Love of All" by Whitney Houston

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I decided long ago, never to walk in anyone's shadows
If I fail, if I succeed
At least I'll live as I believe
No matter what they take from me
They can't take away my dignity

The perfect reminder that sometimes you only have you. And that's OK.

"He Went to Paris" by Jimmy Buffett

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Some of it's magic
Some of it's tragic
But I had a good life all the way

It's clear to see why even Bob Dylan called this bittersweet ballad one of his favorite Buffett songs of all time.

"Don't Stop Believin" by Journey

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Some will win, some will lose
Some were born to sing the blues
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on and on and on

Life will always have its peaks and valleys -- and that's where this song helps pick us up, every single time.

"Oh! You Pretty Things!" by David Bowie

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Look at your children
See their faces in golden rays
Don't kid yourself they belong to you
They're the start of a coming race

There's nothing like this to remind us that time flies...

"Stairway to Heaven" by Led Zeppelin

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Yes, there are two paths you can go by, but in the long run
There's still time to change the road you're on
And it makes me wonder

The song cemented Led Zeppelin's place in music history and also in our minds. It's no wonder it's often considered one of the best songs of all time.

"I Am Woman" by Helen Reddy

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You can bend but never break me
'Cause it only serves to make me
More determined to achieve my final goal
And I come back even stronger
Not a novice any longer

The ultimate female anthem which always has nursed our sorrows after bad breakups and well, other bad breaks. (And our favorite version will always be Carrie, Samantha, Miranda, and Charlotte's karaoke rendition from "Sex and the City 2.")

"Poems, Prayers, and Promises" by John Denver

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How sweet it is to love someone, how right it is to care.
How long it's been since yesterday, what about tomorrow
and what about our dreams and all the memories we share?

The perfect tune for when you're pondering your past, present, and future.

"Up on the Roof" by James Taylor

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When this old world starts a getting me down,
and people are just too much for me to face.
I'll climb way up to the top of the stairs and all my cares just drift right into space.
On the roof, it's peaceful as can be and there the world below don't bother me, no, no.

When life gets us down, this reminds us of the simplest pleasures.

"Lights" by Journey

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So you think you're lonely
Well my friend I'm lonely too
I want to get back to my City by the bay
Ooh, ooh

This song always strikes a chord when we're feeling homesick.

"You're The Best Thing That Ever Happened to Me" by Gladys Knight and The Pips

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Oh, there have been times when times were hard
But always somehow I made it, I made it through
'Cause for every moment that I've spent hurting
There was a moment that I've spent, ah, just loving you, yeah

This song hits the nail on the head when we think about our greatest loves.

This story has been updated to note that the artists listed, performed, but did not necessarily write, the song lyrics listed.

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