The first time I heard this song, it completely moved me. We played it in our Mind Body Fertility Group the other evening at the suggestion of one of the participants who also likes it. Each time I listen to this song, more meaning is revealed.
To me, this song signifies our freedom to experience things in new ways. The more we tap into how we perceive our situation, we can consciously change it for the better. The sayings, “There is always darkness before the dawn” and “Shake it out” tells me that we can choose to be free and start over in each moment as we become aware. How can we learn to “dance with the devil on our back?” How can we “shake it out?” There will always be struggles and difficulties in life. How can we accept these struggles and difficulties and yet still go forward? The past will always leave an imprint on our lives, but having regrets and negative feelings no longer serves us. We can let go of the “graceless heart”, and start over.
This song is about re-birth and internal transformation. We don’t need to give our attention to the demons; we ought to learn to dance with them and shake it out.
Have a listen.
- Shake it Out