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In line with this year’s International Weekend of Self-Care’s theme of “Let’s Talk”, here is a list of 15 songs that celebrate positive communication and opening up to each other.

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15 Songs About Opening Up

#15. “Talk” – Coldplay

What better song to kick off our list than “Talk” by Coldplay. Whether you are struggling with something specific or you just want a chat, this song reminds us that there are people out there who are ready to talk to us when we need to.

Lyrics we love:

So you don’t know where you’re going and you wanna talk
And you feel like you’re going where you’ve been before
You tell anyone who’ll listen, but you feel ignored
Nothing’s really making any sense at all, let’s talk
Let’s talk, let’s talk, let’s talk

#14. “I’ll Be There” – The Jackson 5

Part of being a good communicator is being there for our friends and loved ones when they need us. “I’ll Be There” by The Jackson 5 is a powerful ballad that celebrates this trust and support found in healthy relationships.

Lyrics we love:

I’ll reach out my hand to you
I’ll have faith in all you do
Just call my name and I’ll be there (I’ll be there)
And oh-oh-oh, I’ll be there to comfort you

#13. “We Can Work it Out” – The Beatles

Disagreements are inevitable. And they can be particularly difficult when they occur with our close friends and family members. We love “We Can Work it Out” by The Beatles because it reminds us that we can no matter what the disagreement is – both parties can make an effort to try to see the situation from the other’s point of view and work it out.

Lyrics we love:

Life is very short and there’s no time
For fussing and fighting, my friend
I have always thought that it’s a crime
So I will ask you once again

 Try to see it my way
Only time will tell if I am right or I am wrong
While you see it your way
There’s a chance that we might fall apart before too long

We can work it out
We can work it out

#12. “Hello” – Adele

It’s normal for friendships and relationships to come to an end at certain points during our life. However, even long after they have ended, you may still have unresolved feelings about the situation. Whether you want to apologise, clarify something, or offer a new perspective, it’s okay to reach out to the individual and see if they are open to a conversation. “Hello” by Adele reminds us that even though we may want to talk, the person on the other side may not want to – and we have to accept and be okay with that.

Lyrics we love:

So hello from the other side (other side)
I must’ve called a thousand times (thousand times)
To tell you I’m sorry for everything that I’ve done
But when I call, you never seem to be home
Hello from the outside (outside)
At least I can say that I’ve tried (I’ve tried)
To tell you I’m sorry for breaking your heart
But it don’t matter, it clearly doesn’t tear you apart anymore

#11. “Talk Tonight” – Oasis

Whatever the reason, sometimes we just need to talk to someone. And that’s okay! We love the simplicity of the lyrics in “Talk Tonight” by Oasis – they inspire us to reach out and open up to others when we have something on our minds.

Lyrics we love:

I wanna talk tonight
Until the morning light
‘Bout how you saved my life (You saved my life)
I wanna talk tonight (I wanna talk tonight)

#10. “Had to Phone Ya” – The Beach Boys

Does it get more straightforward than “Had to Phone Ya” by The Beach Boys? Whether it’s to share good news, bad news, or just to have a chat, we all have those people in our lives that we just *have* to phone on a regular basis. This song is a wonderful celebration of that.

Lyrics we love:

Had to phone ya’
Had to phone ya’ just to talk to you
Had to phone ya’ just to tell ya’ I was missing you
It lifts my spirits every single time
Sometimes you’re busy for awhile
But when you get through
It makes me smile

#9. “Anytime You Need a Friend” – Mariah Carey

We all need people in our lives that we can go to for support. On the flip side of that, it’s also important to be there for our others when they need us, too.  “Anytime You Need a Friend” by Mariah Carey reminds us that no matter how far away we are from our dearest pals, we are never too far away to have a chat.

Lyrics we love:

Anytime you need a friend
I will be here
You’ll never be alone again
So don’t you fear
Even if you’re miles away
I’m by your side
So don’t you ever be lonely
Love will make it alright

#8. “Talk to Me” – Stevie Nicks

Even the healthiest of relationships experience moments of tension due to disagreements or tiffs. “Talk to Me” by Stevie Nicks is about a couple who both know that they need to talk to work something out, but they just haven’t done it yet. This song inspires us to turn towards each other, not away from each other, when we need to talk through something.

Lyrics we love:

I can see we’re thinkin’ ’bout the same things
Yes, I see your expression when the phone rings
We both know there’s something happening here
There’s no sense in dancing ’round the subject
A wound gets worse when it’s treated with neglect
Well, don’t turn now there’s nothing here to fear
You can talk to me
Talk to me
You can talk to me

#7. “One Call Away” – Charlie Puth

Have you taken the time recently to let your pals know that you’re just a phone call away? You never know what others are going through, and it doesn’t hurt to remind your loved ones that they can always count on you for a chat. “One Call Away” by Charlie Puth is a lovely reminder of this!

Lyrics we love:

I’m only one call away
I’ll be there to save the day
Superman got nothing on me
I’m only one call away
When you’re weak I’ll be strong
I’m gonna keep holding on

#6. “Listen” – Dreamgirls Soundtrack

The most important part of communication is listening. Without it, we cannot connect with or fully understand each other. That’s why we love “Listen” from the Dreamgirls Soundtrack, it reminds us that both parties in a conversation have to listen to each other in order to move past a difficult situation.

Lyrics we love:

Listen and I’ll try to do the same
To take my share of blame for what went wrong
Listen to the girl you used to know
The one who loves you so for, oh, so long

#5. “Rainbow” – Kacey Musgraves

Life can be hard sometimes. We all have chapters of our lives where we are struggling with stress, low mood, and even depression or anxiety. “Rainbow” by Kacey Musgraves is a beautiful song about seeing the best in each other, and it reminds us to be positive and encouraging to others who may be feeling a bit down.

Lyrics we love:

If you could see what I see, you’d be blinded by the colors
Yellow, red, and orange, and green, and at least a million others
So tie up the bow, take off your coat, and take a look around
‘Cause the sky has finally opened
The rain and wind stopped blowin’
But you’re stuck out in the same ol’ storm again
You hold tight to your umbrella
Well, darlin’, I’m just tryin’ to tell ya
That there’s always been a rainbow hangin’ over your head

#4. “Let Me Be There” – Olivia Newton-John

“Let Me Be There” by Olivia Newton-John is an upbeat tune about letting someone know that you want to be there for them. Those simple four words can mean so much to someone who is struggling, and it’s important that we remind each other of this on a regular basis.

Lyrics we love:

Whenever you feel you need a friend to lean on, here I am
Whenever you call, you know I’ll be there

#3. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” – Stevie Wonder

You can never say “I love you” too many times to the people you love, and oftentimes a simple phone call can mean so much more than a bundle of flowers or a big present. “I Just Called to Say I Love You” by Stevie Wonder is a beautiful song that celebrates this simple act of love.

Lyrics we love:

No New Year’s Day to celebrate
No chocolate covered candy hearts to give away
No first of spring, no song to sing
In fact, here’s just another ordinary day
No April rain, no flowers bloom
No wedding Saturday within the month of June
But what it is, is something true
Made up of these three words that I must say to you
I just called to say I love you
I just called to say how much I care
I just called to say I love you
And I mean it from the bottom of my heart 

#1. “Tell Me How you Feel About That” – Lily-Jo

Whether it’s with an old friend or a relative that we’ve lost touch with, it’s normal to want to talk to someone in order to reconnect with them. We love Lily-Jo’s latest single “Tell Me How You Feel About That” because it reminds us of the importance of asking open-ended questions in order to foster meaningful conversation with each other.

Lyrics we love:

Long time we were inseparable
Late night bearing each other’s soul
No lies nothing between us no
Sending all my calls to answerphone
When I’m knocking on your door you’re not home
What’s wrong tell me what’s going on
When the night closes in
And the heartache begins
Won’t you lay down your defence
And let me in
Tell me how you feel about that

#1. “Tell Me How you Feel About That” – Lily-Jo

Whether it’s with an old friend or a relative that we’ve lost touch with, it’s normal to want to talk to someone in order to reconnect with them. We love Lily-Jo’s latest single “Tell Me How You Feel About That” because it reminds us of the importance of asking open-ended questions in order to foster meaningful conversation with each other.

Lyrics we love:

Long time we were inseparable
Late night bearing each other’s soul
No lies nothing between us no
Sending all my calls to answerphone
When I’m knocking on your door you’re not home
What’s wrong tell me what’s going on
When the night closes in
And the heartache begins
Won’t you lay down your defence
And let me in
Tell me how you feel about that

That’s a Wrap! What We’ve Learned

  1. Communication is a two-way process – we can all give and receive support from each other.
  2. It doesn’t hurt to remind those you care about that you are there for them. In fact, it might just be exactly what they needed to hear.
  3. Disagreements are normal. We can get past them by listening, understanding, and emphathising with one another.
  4. When in doubt, reach out!
  5. Thanks to our smartphones, you are never too far away to have a conversation.

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Further Resources on Opening Up

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About the Author: Shelby Hale

Shelby has been with The Lily-Jo Project since October of 2018, serving as the platform’s PR and Communications Manager. Having lived in four different countries throughout her young adulthood, Shelby is passionate about the positive impact new experiences can have on mental health.

When she’s not working with The Lily-Jo Project, she supports other projects through her creative agency, Hale Marketing and Communications. If you’d like to stay updated with Shelby’s story, you can find her on Instagram and Twitter.

 

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