Crossing the T

Life at the intersection of Church and Trans with Rev. Allyson Robinson

My Trans Soundtrack – Move Along

When all you’ve got to keep is strong
Move along, move along like I know you do.
And even when your hope is gone
Move along, move along just to make it through…

My eldest son loves Bionicles. (What? You don’t know what Bionicles are?) They’re a line of Lego kits with an extensive backstory, told in three films and a constantly updated online archive. The stories are pretty standard mythological fare–the hero’s quest always figures strongly–set in a science-fantasy world heavily influenced by Polynesian mythology. The whole thing is great, geeky fun.

Each year, when Lego releases the new Bionicle storyline, they put together a music video. My son especially loves these, and watches them over and over until he knows every word of the song. That’s how I met the All American Rejects, and how I first heard “Move Along.”

It resonated strongly with one of the simplest but most powerful lessons I learned as I transitioned: sometimes you just have to grit your teeth and push through, no matter how much it hurts. People are counting on you to be strong, so that they can be strong, too.


“Move Along” by All American Rejects, from Move Along, 2005 (Lyrics)

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