I missed last Sunday, but this week’s Sunday Songs segment will make up for it.

My husband ran across this video, a young lady only 16 years old on America’s Got Talent, performing Rachel Platten’s Fight Song. The video of her performance, posted below, is nearly 9 minutes long. It’s worth your time to watch and listen.

Calysta is a cancer survivor. 

This resonates with us as my husband’s only granddaughter, Katherine, continues to fight for her life after having been diagnosed with a brain tumor (Astrocytoma) two years ago this past April. Katherine will be 13-years-old in August.

Katherine, holding the youngest grandchild, Jaxson, at his first birthday party. April 2016.


At the moment, Katherine is not cancer-free. She continues chemo treatment and regular visits to St. Jude’s where they tell her parents the tumor is still “glowing” but has not grown. 

We continue to hope and pray for a miracle.

One thing is certain. Katherine is a fighter. She’s a strong and tender soul. 

This song is one of my favorites. When it came out last year, I was driving a lot for the job I had at the time.

When I first heard the lyrics, I had to pull over as tears welled up and my body trembled. I sat in a parking lot off of Hixson Pike near NTB Tire and a Krystal, and I wept. 

I have fought my whole life to rise above terrible circumstances, grief, loss, shame, depression, and oppression. 

This song renewed a fire within, sparked a flame that had dwindled to a flicker, which now burns bright. 

Like a Phoenix from the ashes I rise. 

And so do Calysta and Katherine. 


May we all be such brave warriors!

FIGHT SONG–LYRICS:

Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

But I can make an explosion


And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time?


This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me


Losing friends and I’m chasing sleep

Everybody’s worried about me

In too deep

Say I’m in too deep (in too deep)

And it’s been two years

I miss my home

But there’s a fire burning in my bones

Still believe

Yeah, I still believe


And all those things I didn’t say

Wrecking balls inside my brain

I will scream them loud tonight

Can you hear my voice this time?


This is my fight song

Take back my life song

Prove I’m alright song

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

A lot of fight left in me

Like a small boat

On the ocean

Sending big waves

Into motion

Like how a single word

Can make a heart open

I might only have one match

But I can make an explosion


This is my fight song (Hey!)

Take back my life song (Hey!)

Prove I’m alright song (Hey!)

My power’s turned on

Starting right now I’ll be strong (I’ll be strong)

I’ll play my fight song

And I don’t really care if nobody else believes

‘Cause I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me

No I’ve still got a lot of fight left in me.

To hear Calysta’s performance and story, click here:

Calysta Bevier, America’s Got Talent, Fight Song (Originally by Rachel Platten published May 19, 2015)

To hear the original song, click here:
Official Video: Rachel Platten, Fight Song (2015)

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