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23 Song Lyrics That Actually Changed People's Lives

"It taught me that I’m allowed to expect people to treat me with kindness and respect. That may not seem like a lot, but to 16-year-old me, it was a revelation."

We recently asked the BuzzFeed Community which song lyrics changed their lives, and they did not disappoint! Here are some of the most moving responses:

1. "Tell me, did the wind sweep you off your feet? And did you finally get the chance to dance along the light of day and head back to the Milky Way?" – "Drops of Jupiter," Train

Singer from Train singing into the microphone

2. "Girls like girls like boys do, nothing new." – "Girls Like Girls," Hayley Kiyoko

Two girls leaning in for a kiss

3. "So come on, motherfucker, you survive. You gotta give yourself a break. But there's nothing I wouldn't do to settle up with Heaven." – "Everybody Lost Somebody," Bleachers

Man wearing a regal outfit with a hat

4. "Now you're liftin' me up, 'stead of holdin' me down. Stealin' my heart 'stead of stealin' my crown." – "Butterflies," Kacey Musgraves

Kacey smiling and looking up with little sparkles around her

5. "You have suffered enough. And warred with yourself. It’s time that you won." – "Falling Slowly," Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová

Glen playing the guitar and Markéta playing a piano while they sing

6. "There's no walls and no ceilings as far as I know, just the echoes of scars and the unbeaten road. Trip the gun on cautions that I've been sold. 'Cause it's hard to believe that it's wrong to want more than the truest of blue and a love like a roar. I will run to wherever I want to go." – "New Constellations," Ryn Weaver

Ryn looking at the camera and wearing a collar

7. "You belong among the wildflowers. You belong somewhere close to me. Far away from your trouble and worries, you belong somewhere you feel free." – "Wildflowers," Tom Petty

Tom Petty walking by some flowers with his dog

8. "Fake it until I make it ring true. One day, I'mma be better at feelin' cool." – "OKAY OKAY," Alessia Cara

Alessia and her friend in the car with sunglasses on

9. "Can you understand that I want a daughter while I'm still young? I want to hold her hand and show her some beauty before this damage is done." – "The Suburbs," Arcade Fire

Woman holding a baby beside a man

10. "Me, myself, and I, that's all I got in the end, that's what I found out. And it ain't no need to cry. I took a vow that from now on, I'm gon' be my own best friend." – "Me, Myself, and I," Beyoncé

Beyoncé singing

11. "How the hell can a person go to work in the morning and come home in the evening and have nothing to say?" — "Angel From Montgomery," John Prine

John sitting on hay next to his guitar

12. "Your love, it isn’t free, it has to be earned. Back then, I didn’t have anything you needed so I was worthless. But piece by piece, he collected me from off the ground, where you abandon things." – "Piece by Piece," Kelly Clarkson

Kelly singing

13. "Everybody's got somebody telling them what to be... Be as shy as you want to. Be as loud as you want to. Be as small as you want to. Don't let anybody stop you." – "Be As," Prozzäk

Cartoon of people walking down the street with a flag with a peace sign on it

14. “I made you my temple, my mural, my sky. Now I’m begging for footnotes in the story of your life.” – "Tolerate It," Taylor Swift

The back of Taylor Swift's head

15. "It’s alright to die, 'cause death’s the only thing you haven’t tried. But just for tonight, hold on." – "Even My Dad Does Sometimes," Ed Sheeran

X on a green background

16. "I’ve learned that doves and ravens fly the same." – "Glory," Dermot Kennedy

Mountain with birds flying in front of it

17. "If you've still got some light in you, then go before it’s gone. Burn your fire for no witness, it’s the only way it’s done. Fierce and light and young, hit the ground and run." – "White Fire," Angel Olsen

18. "You know that I forgive you. I know you don't forgive me. We're only humans, so we hold on to two completely different stories." – "Stories," Refs

Man singing with clouds behind him

19. "I know their beauty’s not my lack." – "Jealousy, Jealousy," Olivia Rodrigo

Olivia sticking her tongue out with stickers on her face

20. "And I know that I deserve your love. There’s nothing I’m not worthy of." – "This Is Me," Keala Settle and The Greatest Showman Ensemble

Circus performers dancing

21. "You just workin' with the scraps you was given. And Mama made miracles every Thanksgiving. But now the road got rough, you're alone. You're tryin' to raise two bad kids on your own. And there's no way I can pay you back. But my plan is to show you that I understand. You are appreciated." – "Dear Mama," 2Pac

Tv screen with Tupac's face on it

22. "People like us, we've got to stick together. Keep your head up, nothing lasts forever. Here's to the damned, to the lost and forgotten. It's hard to get high when you're living on the bottom. We are all misfits living in a world on fire." – "People Like Us," originally by Kelly Clarkson as performed by Matt Bomer and Alan Mingo Jr.

Cast of the show in a car together

23. And finally, "'Cause I'm gonna be free, and I'm gonna be fine. But maybe not tonight." – "Delilah," Florence and the Machine

Florence dancing from a car

Note: Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Now it's your turn! Which lyric changed your life forever? Let me know in the comments below!