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Song Lyric Sunday – Cyndi Lauper and Matthew Shepard


Welcome back to Song Lyric Sunday. Mine will be short and sweet this week!

This week we have some general words that are used to describe object placement, being Above/Below/Between and hopefully everyone will be able to find a song that utilizes one of these prompt words in the title or in the lyrics.


I wish I could tell you the circumstances surrounding the first time I heard this song, but I cannot. I just know it touched me the very first time I heard it.

”Above the Clouds” was written by Cyndia Lauper, Jeff Beck and Jed Leiner as a tribute song for Matthew Shepard. Matthew was an openly gay student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured, tied to a fence and left to die in 1998. He later succumbed to his wounds. It is a heartbreaking tragedy.

Cyndi Lauper is a long time advocate of the LGBTQ community. As the mother, aunt and friend of many people in this community, I hope we all speak out against this level of hate. No child ever deserved a fate such as this just for being who he was.

Above the Clouds
Lyrics from Songlyrics.com

There’s a place where the sun breaks through
And the wind bites cold and hard
Stings my ears and
Tears my eyes
When the day starts to shout out loud

Stand tall
And glide
When you’re all alone in the crowd
Don’t fall
Don’t hide
When you walk above the clouds
When you walk above the clouds

When the light is against your face
And your smile is soft and sound
That’s when you tell me all your fears
and all your dreams
So proud

Stand tall
And glide

When you’re all alone in the crowd
Don’t fall
Don’t hide
When you walk above the clouds
When you walk above the clouds

I try and tell you
to keep your head upright
Don’t swing your sword and shield against the night
Don’t block your blessings, boy
You don’t have to fight
You don’t have to fight

Stand tall
And glide
When you’re all alone in the crowd
Don’t fall
Don’t hide
When you walk above the clouds

When you walk above the clouds


Why not join in on this Sunday blogging ritual. Head over to Jim Adams’ blog to check out the rules and read some of the great responses to the weekly prompt.

27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Cyndi Lauper and Matthew Shepard”

    1. Thank you for the reblog, Shaily. Matthew’s death was a horrible American tragedy. Thank you for being someone who stood up against hate.

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    1. Willow, I will never understand that level of hate. I love the song, but the video is so hard to watch. No one should EVER feel that kind of fear. Sometimes I feel like we are more broken than whole.

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    1. Thanks, Jim. I have always liked this song and it is the first song that came to mind when I read your prompt. I am glad of the progress we have made, but the fight has not yet been won, sadly.

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  1. Yes I remember that tragic murder. It was shocking. I did not know about the song being written and I can understand you being moved by it. I was too. It’s is beautiful. Thank you for a wonderful share today Maggie 🥰

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  2. Beautiful song brought from tragedy. When I think how easily that could have been my nephew, I shudder. What happened to Matthew was horrific and unimaginable. #NoH8

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  3. A beautiful song and very touching tribute. Bullying needs to stop for every one! Not sure it will ever stop, but to have people who speak out about it will help make change. Great choice! 🙂

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      1. It really is. I don’t understand it. I was bullied in high school. Several years ago this same person friended me on FB. I accepted, it had been over 25 years. She started bullying me on FB. WTH? I blocked her. I still just don’t get it. Murder often begins with bullying & then it escalates. Sad!

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        1. I agree. I am so sorry you had to experience such a thing in school and to have it extend into your adult life is a sad comment about this individual. I am glad you hold strong boundaries.

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