Music for Recovery


Music for Recovery

Courage Feels Like Freedom

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Emerson House, March 2015
Emerson House, March 2015


This song was written in a workshop with people in early recovery at Emerson House in Cape Cod, MA. The format of the workshop allows people to gain hands-on experience with recovery skills like letting a process unfold and slowing down. It was rerecorded by Kathy Moser and Alice Leon and additional members of the Promises Collective.

Contact Kathy Moser: 908-591-4541 or for more information.


Courage feels like freedom
Written at Emerson House March 2015

Walking through the door in empowerment, moving forward -
Confidence, determination, strength
Delicate wings of a hummingbird,
Drumming, humming, running against the wind
and never giving up.

Courage feels like freedom
Other women give me strength
I wanna start believing
Let go of all this weight
Soldier at war, facing the unknown
A woman in recovery, I am coming home

I failed so often, yet I’m not in the coffin
I felt so alone couldn’t reach for the phone
I was not brave no one else to blame
Stranded in the rain so afraid of change

Not confident made bad choices, I was full of fear negative voices
I was so hurt why try? I felt like a failure just trying to get by.


Scared to be courageous, hope became contagious
I felt undeservin’, other women heard me
This house gives me hope, keeps me off the dope
I wanna feel the sun, a new life just begun


I miss my family far from home
Searching for security I am not alone
Overcoming obstacles, wrapped in a warm hug
Asking for help surrounded with love

Words we didn’t get to use

Looking for approval trying to please
Addiction had me by the neck
And brought me to my knees
Quick to doubt
Looking for any way out

If there’s fear in my heart
My feet on the ground
If there’s a hole in the sidewalk
I walk around