Diana Ross: Haunting My Childhood with Hopes and Dreams

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A key memory of my childhood is the magical film The Land Before Time.

Now let me stop you there… I’m talking about the one and only original Land Before Time. None of this terrible-sequels-for-all-eternity nonsense.

I can never shake the memory of Littlefoot and his friends realizing they are alone and separated from everyone they trusted to care for them. They fought against the odds, worked together, and made it to the safety of the Mysterious Beyond – not as individuals, but as a team.

I always loved that this film was one of the only cartoons of the era that was not a musical. As a result, the only real music associated with it is the theme song played over the credits – ‘If We Hold On Together’ by Diana Ross. I’ve been listening to this song over and over lately and, silly as it seems, it brings tears to my eyes every time.

Listening to the lyrics, a few of them really stand out for me. Most particularly, “Live believing / Dreams are for weaving / Wonders are waiting to start / Live your story / Faith, hope and glory / Hold to the truth in your heart.”

Recently, I’ve been running into one wall after the next in achieving some of my goals. Some of them are constructed by my own hands, others are just inconveniently placed. I just need to remember to live with the belief that what is meant to be will happen and I can’t give up on my dreams. My life may be repetitive sometimes, but it can’t prevent me from living out my personal story and holding true to myself.

At this point, I’m going to direct you to the song itself with the lyrics beyond the “read more” tag below. Listen to it. Read the lyrics. Really pay attention to it.

What memories/thoughts/ideas does it bring up for you?

 

‘If We Hold On Together’ by Diana Ross

Don’t lose your way
With each passing day
You’ve come so far
Don’t throw it away
Live believing
Dreams are for weaving
Wonders are waiting to start
Live your story
Faith, hope and glory
Hold to the truth in your heart

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

Souls in the wind
Must learn how to bend
Seek out a star
Hold on to the end
Valley, mountain
There is a fountain
Washes our tears all away
Words are swaying
Somebody is praying
Please let us come home to stay

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
Where clouds roll by
For you and I

When we are out there in the dark
We’ll dream about the sun
In the dark we’ll feel the light
Warm our hearts, everyone

If we hold on together
I know our dreams will never die
Dreams see us through to forever
As high as souls can fly
The clouds roll by
For you and I

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Comments

  1. God, this song is beautiful and this film is also definitely one of my childhood films, probably THE childhood favourite. Everything in this post is…just IS.

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