Like many well-written songs, the lyrics to "Miracle" can be interpreted many different ways, but for me they perfectly show a new dad who is in awe of a newborn child, maybe after some rough times, and the baby puts everything into glorious perspective. Every time I hear it, I think of the joy and relief my wife and I felt being blessed with a beautiful, healthy girl. We had gone through some trying times, with health scares and a couple of years of heartbreak as we tried to have a child. The miracle of life turns all that distress into overwhelming happiness.
Who would have thought that the hard rock Foo Fighters could deliver such a heartwarming ballad? Dave Grohl's songwriting skills and his great rendition of the song are worthy of much more attention.
"Hands on a miracle
I got my hands on a miracle
Believe it or not
Hands on a miracle
And there ain't no way, that you take it away
Everything that we've survived
It's gonna be alright
Just lucky we're alive"
There are other good songs that come to mind when people try to think of tunes to honor fathers -- "Arms Wide Open" by Creed and "Fathers and Sons" by Stephen Schwartz from the musical Working based on the book by Studs Turkel (and if you're cynical about fatherhood, "Cat's in the Cradle" by Harry Chapin) -- but "Miracle" bests them all.