Music is powerful. The right song can inspire you, boost your mood, calm and comfort you, or simply resonate with you in a way that nothing else can. We all love songs that are relevant to our own lives or that have messages we can relate to, especially when we’re going through an emotional time — and what’s more emotional than the adoption process?
Wherever you are in your adoption process, whether you’re an adoptive parent, birth parent or adoptee, we hope that these five adoption songs encourage, uplift and comfort you on your journey:
1. When Love Takes You In – Steven Curtis Chapman
No list of adoption songs would be complete without the famous Steven Curtis Chapman adoption song, “When Love Takes You In.”
The Christian music artist is also a three-time adoptive father and is deeply involved in the adoption community — and not just through his worship songs about adoption. Inspired after the adoption of their first daughter from China, Chapman and his wife founded Show Hope, a nonprofit dedicated to orphan care.
The artist’s heart for adoption is reflected in the song’s powerful lyrics:
“And somewhere while you’re sleeping
someone else is dreaming too,
counting down the days until
They hold you close and say ‘I love you’”
2. Bless the Broken Road – Rascal Flatts
For many hopeful parents, the path to adoption is one lined with many challenges — but the end result is well worth it. While not written specifically about adoption, that’s the message many take from Rascal Flatts’ “Bless the Broken Road.”
One look at the lyrics makes it clear why so many adoptive families interpret this as a country song about adoption:
“Every long lost dream
led me to where you are.
Others who broke my heart,
they were like Northern stars
pointing me on my way
into your loving arms.”
3. Everything to Me – Mark Schultz
Songs about adoption aren’t just for adoptive parents. This touching song was written by adoptee Mark Schultz to honor his birth mother, who placed him for adoption when he was an infant.
Mark writes about the gratitude he feels for his birth mother on his website, saying, “Record deals, marriage, and now the birth of my sons are some of the incredible milestones in my life, but none of it would have been possible if not for a brave decision one young woman made years ago. I owe her everything.”
Schultz’s powerful adoption song lyrics express a similar sentiment:
“You gave life to me
A chance to find my dreams…
When you gave me up,
you gave everything to me.”
4. I Will Remember You – Sarah McLachlan
This is another song that everyone in the adoption triad can relate to. In it, Sarah McLachlan (who is an adoptee herself), sings:
“I will remember you
Will you remember me?
Don’t let life pass you by
Weep not for the memories.”
While not specifically written as a song about adoption, the lyric beautifully captures many adoptive parents’, adoptees’ and birth parents’ feelings about being forever connected to each other through adoption.
In an interview with Parents Magazine, McLachlan said, “I’m thankful that [my birth mother] gave me up… It was a gift. It was probably the hardest thing she ever had to do. I’m glad she did it.”
5. You’ll Be in My Heart – Phil Collins
Phil Collins’ Oscar-winning song was written for the Disney movie Tarzan —specifically, for a scene in which Tarzan’s adoptive mother, a gorilla named Kala, promises to always love and protect him.
While the song was originally used in a scene that depicts an adoptive mother’s love for her son, the lyrics can really apply to anyone in the adoption triad; adoptive parents, birth parents and adoptees all carry each other in their hearts, regardless of where they go:
“You’ll be in my heart
No matter what they say
You’ll be here in my heart always.”
Of course, these are just a few of many songs for adoption — and for some, the most meaningful adoption songs weren’t originally written about adoption at all.
What songs about orphans and adoption would you add to the list?