Ocean In Motion

Jumping the waves at Torrey Pines State Beach is a favorite activity that my nephew Daniel and I do together.  After I’d been clobbered by a few waves one afternoon, we started talking about how waves were a good metaphor for life.  Resist the waves and they get you.  Go with them and sometimes you still get clobbered, but mostly, it’s just pure fun.  This is a terrific workout, warm-up song; gets your heart beating.  Good times! 

Words and music © 2012 Jacqueline Jax Silva Harmony Playground, ASCAP, all rights reserved.


The tide goes out, the tide comes in
Emotions flare, then calm again
I try to swim the best I can
But sometimes start to twist and spin

   Life is like the ocean in motion
   Moving up on the shore
   Can’t control the waves or the current
   Impossible to ignore

   Life is like the ocean in motion
   Tide rushing in and out
   Might as well stop trying to fight it
   And be in the here and now

It seems unfair, it makes me mad
I can’t control the circumstance
But like the waves that meet the rocks
I flow around the stumbling blocks


And though the moon controls the tide
   The tide does not resist
It’s not sad; it doesn’t get mad
   It just finds a way to persist