Songs that remind you of the NICU/PICU

I am always looking for songs that seem to apply to the whole situation of being in the NICU/PICU or even growing out of it. I've also found that a lot of other moms have had the same vice of finding and listening to music.

So here's the question: What songs remind you of the NICU/PICU?

Here are a few of mine:
Through the Glass by Stone Sour
Lift by Shannon Noll
Tomorrow by Shannon Noll
Amazing by Janelle

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I like "held" by Natalie Grant....it reminds me so much of our stay.

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Mine may not be as straight forward as yours but my two are:

Beautiful by Lifehouse (Nicu)
These Are The Days by Van Morrison (sitting and rocking in special care)

i love your choice for Through the Glass, that song came out after my son was long home and I loved it right away but seeing your email made me look at it differently.

Great question!

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On Eagle's Wings (old church song)
While Alex was in the hospital a frind of ours gave me a copy of the lyrics. I cry everytime I hear it.
Here is a copy of the lyrics.

You who dwell in the shelter of the Lord,
Who abide in His shadow for life,
Say to the Lord, "My Refuge,
My Rock in Whom I trust."

Refrain
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
The snare of the fowler will never capture you,
And famine will bring you no fear;
Under His Wings your refuge,
His faithfulness your shield.


Refrain
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
You need not fear the terror of the night,
Nor the arrow that flies by day,
Though thousands fall about you,
Near you it shall not come.


Refrain
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
For to His angels He's given a command,
To guard you in all of your ways,
Upon their hands they will bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.


Refrain
And He will raise you up on eagle's wings,
Bear you on the breath of dawn,
Make you to shine like the sun,
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.
And hold you in the palm of His Hand.


You Are So Beautiful
Daddy's Baby, By Jim Harmon
My Wish, Rascal Flatts
Angel's Lullaby, Richard Marx or Reba
Have I told You Lately, By Rod Stewart

The last song I would sing to him all the time. I still to this day along with you are my Sunshine.

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Wake me up when it is over by Norah Jones.

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One of the Mom's on this board recommended "Wires" by Athlete - the lead singer had a preemie and wrote this song about it. It is truly beautiful and gives me goosebumps whenever I listen to it. You can download it from iTunes.

For me personally the Disney lullaby CD always takes me back to the NICU days as it was the first CD I bought for my daughter and we used to play it for her in hospital every day.

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"Keep Holding On" by Avril Lavigne. Some parts of the lyrics really described how I was feeling. I think the song was about something totally different, but I could definitely relate to some of the lyrics.

This part makes me cry every time I hear it and I am looking at it now with tears down my face:

You're not alone
Together we stand
I'll be by your side, you know I'll take your hand
When it gets cold
And it feels like the end
There's no place to go
You know I won't give in
No I won't give in

I agree with Disney Lullabies - I used to listen to it when I pumped.

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My dad said he wants to add some so here they are... sorry but no I am not familiar with most of them...

Lean on me
Rock and roll lullaby
You've got a friend in me

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I second "WIres" by Athlete. It gives me chills every time. There is a line where he sings "I see it your eyes, you're gonna be alright." It gets me every time.

Here's a sample of some of the other lyrics:

You got wires, going in
You got wires, coming out of your skin
You got tears, making tracks
I got tears, that are scared of the facts

Running, down corridors through, automatic doors
Got to get to you, got to see this through
I see hope is here, in a plastic box...

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The Moment I Saw You (Lullabies Forever)
...especially if you didn't get to hold your
baby for days after they were born

A Mother's Prayer (Carnie Wilson)

Blessed Be (Alison Krauss)
Slumber My Darling (Alison Krauss)

Home (Daughtry)

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I agree with "Wires" by Athlete. The line about Christmas lights hits home for me.


My favorite though is the Polyphonic Spree's "We Crawl."

We try
We crawl
We live
We're small

We're stuck in a Monday, it's telling me someday
We're gonna be fine
I know it's all moving
Can't tell if I'm losing
The love of my life

We try
We crawl
We live
We're small

I know that were broken
It's been unspoken for such a long time
It's scarier weather when we live together
I know that well be just fine

We try
To crawl
To live
To grow

On our way, today
Day after day
We try hard
We, crawl far

On our way, today
Day after day

I know that its better, when we stick together
Our love is alive

Through ups and down of facing each other
Together were better together well find

We try
To crawl
(Better Together)
To live
To know
(Better together)

It brings back all the good and bad emotions of the NICU for me.

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His Eye is on the Sparrow (old spiritual)
"Why should I be discouraged? Why should the shadows come? Why should my heart be lonely? I long for heaven and hum. Jesus is my portion, a constant friend is he. His eye is on the sparrow, and I know he watches me."

Summertime (Gershwin)
Summertime and the livin' is easy, fish are jumpin', and the cotton is high. Your daddy's rich, and your mama's good lookin'. So hush, little baby, don't you cry.
One of these mornin's, you're gonna rise up singing, and you'll spread your wings and you'll take to the sky. Until that mornin', there's a nothin' can harm you, with daddy and mommy standin' by.

I sang Summertime to my LO in the NICU all the time.

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The Impossible, Joe Nichols
It isn't directly related to babies, but just the general theme is beautiful.
Here is a few lyrics plus the chorus:

So don't tell me that it's over
Don't give up on you and me
'Cos there's no such thing as hopeless
If you believe:

Unsinkable ships, sink
Unbreakable walls, break
Sometimes the things you think would never happen
Happens just like that
Unbendable steel, bends
If the fury of the wind is unstoppable
I've learned to never underestimate
The impossible

When my dd turned one, I created a dvd of pictures from her first year set to music. I used Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely.

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It might seem a little funny, but "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" has always been the first song that my husband and I think of in association with the NICU days. Especially when it comes to the words, " The first time ever I lay with you, and felt your heart so close to mine", etc... We both will always think of the first time we finally got to hold him, in Kangaroo Care time. Also, we think of "Brahm's Lullaby" because it was played any time a baby was born at our hospital. The two weeks that I was on bed rest and heard that song played were such a memorable time, I don't think I'll ever hear that song and not think of the NICU or Cam's birth.

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My favorite is "Hero" by Mariah Carey. I used it in a slideshow to recruit people to participate in this year's March for Babies. It makes me cry every time I watch it.

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Hmm
There's a hero
if you look inside your heart
You don't have to be afraid
Of what you are
There's an answer
If you reach into your soul
And the sorrow that you know
Will melt away


And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you


It's a long road
When you face the world alone
No one reaches out a hand
For you to hold
You can find love
If you search within yourself
And the emptiness you felt
Will disappear


And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you


Oh oooh
Lord knows
Dreams are hard to follow
But don't let anyone
Tear them away, hey yeah
Hold on
There will be tomorrow
In time
You'll find the way


And then a hero comes along
With the strength to carry on
And you cast your fears aside
And you know you can survive
So when you feel like hope is gone
Look inside you and be strong
And you'll finally see the truth
That a hero lies in you


That a hero lies in you
Mhhh
That a hero lies in
You

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My son always liked Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd.

I sang it to him while still in the isolet and on the vent and then by the time we could finally Kangaroo with him, he found it very comforting


Hello...Hello...Hello... is there anybody in there?
Just nod if you can hear me
is there anyone home?

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I used to sing Faith Hill's "Breathe" during kangaroo care:

I can feel the magic floating in the air
Being with you gets me that way
I watch the sunlight dance across your face
And i've never been this swept away
All my thoughts just seem to settle on the breeze
When i'm lying wrapped up in your arms
The whole world just fades away
The only thing I hear
Is the beating of your heart

Cause I can feel you breathe
It's washing over me
And suddenly i'm melting into you
There's nothing left to prove
Baby, all we need is just to be
Caught up in the touch
A slow and steady rush
Baby, isn't that the way that love's supposed to be?
I can feel you breathe . . . Just breathe

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Great discussion! I can't wait to check out some of the songs people listed. Here are mine along with the lyrics that really got me.

Baby Mine from Disney's Dumbo
"Rest your head close to my heart, never to part, baby of mine."

Silent Night (we were in the NICU at Christmas) "Holy infant so tender and mild. Sleep in heavenly peace."

Three Little Birdies by Bob Marley (this was sort of our NICU theme song by my son's namesake) "Don't worry about a thing. Cause every little thing's gonna be alright."

A Minor Incident by Badly Drawn Boy (This song really got me every time. If you're not familiar with the song, you should check it out.)

"There's nothing I could say to make you try to feel okay,
And nothing you could do to stop me feeling the way I do.
And if the chance should happen that I never see you again,
Just remember that I'll always love you.

I'd be a better person on the other side I'm sure.
You'd find a way to help yourself,
And find another door.
To shrug off minor incidents,
And make us both feel proud.
I'd just wish I could be there to see you through.

You always were the one to make us stand out in a crowd,
Though every once upon a while your head was in a cloud.
There's nothing you could never do to ever let me down,
And remember that I'll always love you."

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Icc, I just listed to "We Crawl" on youtube. I love it!

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I also love the song wires but had no idea he had a preemie thanks for the info

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I love love love this topic. In My Daughters Eyes by Martina McBride, In My Arms by Plumb, There Can Be Miracles by Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, I Dont Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith, I Could Not Ask For More by Edwin McCain, Amazing by Janelle, Calling all Angels by Train, and Im a Survivor by Reba McEntire thats all I have right now. Keep em comin

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