Song of the Day #1,122: ‘Find Yourself’ – Brad Paisley

Brad Paisley’s second contribution to the Cars soundtrack was ‘Find Yourself,’ a ballad that played over the film’s end credits.

This is another song I really loved from that album despite having no idea who performed it. It’s such an achingly pretty song, and it works as both a specific comment on the movie’s plot and as a philosophy that applies to all of our lives.

Country music lyrics are often bashed as too corny or too on-the-nose, but I think the best of them are profound in their simple wisdom. And the puns and double meanings that typify the art form are often worthy of a clever wordsmith like Elvis Costello.

Today’s song isn’t complicated, lyrically or musically, but it’s no less deep for it. Take this comforting statement, fitting for both a cocky cartoon race car or anybody whose life has spun off in an unexpected direction:

“Sometimes when you lose your way it’s really just as well, because you find yourself.”

When you find yourself
In some far off place
And it causes you to rethink some things
You start to sense that slowly
You’re becoming someone else
And then you find yourself

When you make new friends in a brand new town
And you start to think about settlin’ down
The things that would have been lost on you
Are now clear as a bell
And you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

Where you go through life
So sure of where you’re headin’
And you wind up lost and it’s
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it’s really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

When you meet the one
That you’ve been waitin’ for
And she’s everything that you want and more
You look at her and you finally start to live for some one else
And then you find yourself
That’s when you find yourself

When we go through life
So sure of where we’re headin’
And we wind up lost and it’s
The best thing that could have happened
‘Cause sometimes when you lose your way it’s really just as well
Because you find yourself
Yeah that’s when you find yourself

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3 thoughts on “Song of the Day #1,122: ‘Find Yourself’ – Brad Paisley

  1. Amy says:

    I didn’t realize that this was Brad Paisley, but I do like this song very much. It has a lovely way of closing that film. It’s very simple, but that’s exactly what it needs to be. I just love it.

  2. Dana says:

    This song works for me. It has a bit of that Eagles/Jackson Browne feel that I tend to like. So, you see, I complimented a country song:)

  3. pegclifton says:

    Lovely song, way to go Dana!

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