Lyrics Day 207 – ‘Assertion’

Hey everyone,

I had a phone call with a friend yesterday, and she apologised to me, because she forgot to call me a couple of days earlier, when she’d promised. She was very sorry, and urged me to tell her I was disappointed! Actually, I truly didn’t feel that way, because she’s studying for a test which will be very important for her career, so I understood that her mind was elsewhere.

We talked about it, and I told her that there was a very good reason for my lack of criticism towards others, in that I’ve encountered difficult situations and emotions in the past, and don’t want to bring about the same emotions in others. But, I did agree with her, that being assertive is a positive thing, and it’s a skill I would love to learn.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Assertion (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

She reprimanded me
said I should speak my mind
that it devalues myself
if I’m only ever kind

Of course it’s detrimental
to conceal negative feelings
can lead to resentment
and often leaves you reeling

I replied that empathy
was my greatest trait
the way I felt before
nobody can feel that way

Of course it’s detrimental
to conceal negative feelings
can lead to resentment
and often leaves you reeling
perhaps I’ll possess the confidence
someday, to end these diversions
face the path to self-respect
master the power of assertion

But to stand up for myself
no matter how big the crowd
never tarnishing my worth
allowing self efficacy to abound
no disrespectful towards others
but instead treating equally
the values I hold dear
then they’ll see the best of me

Of course it’s detrimental
to conceal negative feelings
can lead to resentment
and often leaves you reeling
perhaps I’ll possess the confidence
someday, to end these diversions
face the path to self-respect
master the power of assertion

Lyrics Day 206 – ‘Little Village’

Hey everyone,

I had a long walk home after dropping my car off at the garage for it’s annual check today, and it gave me some thinking time. Perhaps it was the dull sky that brought it on, but I thought back to my childhood, and the small village that my friends and I grew up in. They really were amazing times, and are embedded warmly into my personal history πŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

Little Village (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

It was in that little village
we all spent our childhoods
dancing through the playground
no need to be understood

That area is so small
but contains many landmarks
where we built our dens
engraved into my heart

Starting school at nine
finishing at three fifteen
so many of those halcyon days
feature in my dreams

That area is so small
but contains many landmarks
the place we built our dens
engraved into my heart
and ‘the rec’ was just a field
but playing football with my brothers
are memories I can’t replace
wouldn’t choose any others

I remember the fun and games
before we left for high school
often think back to that day
and consider us all
as we were running on the grass
about to start a new chapter
the future is always uncertain
but that past was legendary thereafter

That area is so small
but contains many landmarks
where we built our dens
engraved into my heart
and ‘the rec’ was just a field
but playing football with my brothers
are memories I can’t replace
wouldn’t choose any others

Lyrics Day 205 – ‘Reminder’

Hey everyone,

yesterday I began my week’s break from work, due to the half term holiday. I was quite productive during the day, but found myself without any activities during the evening, and felt lethargic as a result – okay, but not feeling comfortable, or alert.

This morning I had a long walk to the post office, to deliver a friend’s Birthday gift, and I’m very fortunate that my town is filled with trees, and wonderful natural sights. It was during this walk that I felt my perspective change, and my mood lift. Seeing the nature around me, and the people on the streets, I was able to experience life in the present, which was in complete contrast to my previous feelings of lethargy. I was reminded that a simple change in environment can be very important in eradicating these sorts of feelings.

Stay safe, and present ~

Sean

Reminder (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Last night in my lethargy
I felt tired yet restless
wondering how to fill
time which felt endless

But walking this morning
amongst the leaves and huge trees
wind caressing my skin
I was reminded how to just be

A change of environment
was all that I needed
should have read the signs
as my mind and body pleaded

But walking this morning
amongst the leaves and huge trees
wind caressing my skin
I was reminded how to just be
watching the people pass by
my perspective suddenly changed
in life’s story, these four walls
are only a small part of the page

With too much free time
I was feeling numb
after all, everything
was already done
but I failed to take time
to live in the present
I was glad to be reminded
of this important lesson

But walking this morning
amongst the leaves and huge trees
wind caressing my skin
I was reminded how to just be
watching the people pass by
my perspective suddenly changed
in life’s story, these four walls
are only a small part of the page

Lyrics Day 204 – ‘Intent’

Hey everyone,

when I was walking back home today, I thought about the shows I’ve been enjoying recently, and how much work goes into them; whether that’s the people writing, animating, directing etc, everybody is trying to tell their story and live their dream in some way. I wanted to write some lyrics out of appreciation for those people.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Intent (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

This series we’re watching
began with an idea
an experience of the writer
a hope, a wish, a fear

And it probably took years
for their vision to become a reality
a fraught and tenuous path
each step laced with frailty

And as I hear you story
I’m taught a new perspective
inspired to consider
and become introspective

And it probably took years
for their vision to become a reality
a fraught and tenuous path
each step laced with frailty
but now here it is
on the screen in front of you
bursting with glorious intent
the story of life told anew

And since I was a child
life has been given meaning
by fictional heroes
who might as well be breathing
because what they stand for is real
and comes from the intent
of a hopeful artist
no longer willing to lament

And it probably took years
for their vision to become a reality
a fraught and tenuous path
each step laced with frailty
but now here it is
on the screen in front of you
bursting with glorious intent
the story of life told anew

Lyrics day 203 – ‘Christmas 2020’

Hey everyone,

because I have friends in China, I have to think about Christmas a little earlier than most people, to ensure that their gifts are sent/received in time. So, as we arrive at the end of October, I start to think about the presents I’ll buy for them, and that leads me to consider my friends/family in this country, too.

It’s not like I don’t usually put a lot of thought into gifts, but this year, I decided to make an extra special effort. Through difficult times where I can’t actually see the people I care about, I want to buy meaningful gifts, which I hope can give them strength.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Christmas 2020 (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

This year has been difficult
in different ways for all of us
and creeping around the corner
will be an irregular Christmas

But that creates a chance
to give something meaningful
providing an opportunity
to feel festive and joyful

I remember one Christmas
must have been around seven
received Conan the Barbarian
felt like I was in heaven

But that creates a chance
to give something meaningful
providing an opportunity
to feel festive and joyful
so that’s why this year
through my memories I’ll sift
in order to give extra thought
to each and every gift

I’m sure that friends and family
will give me gifts in return
but what I most look forward to
over time I’ve learned
is to know their reactions
and feel their appreciation
to show them I care
is my only inclination

But that creates a chance
to give something meaningful
providing an opportunity
to feel festive and joyful
so that’s why this year
through my memories I’ll sift
in order to give extra thought
to each and every gift

Lyrics Day 202 – ‘Miracle’

Hey everyone,

I really enjoyed imagining a story scenario yesterday, so I’ve done the same today πŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

Miracle (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I first felt it there
in that ancient land
faced with a great evil
we all clasped hands

Wasn’t sure why I was chosen
struggled to find purpose
a team of heroes around me
to demands, I was surplus

I felt worthless compared with
the giant axes and swords around me
but they were convinced
the key was my personality

Wasn’t sure why I was chosen
struggled to find purpose
a team of heroes around me
to demands, I was surplus
but in that moment
inside, I felt the light shine
we were all connected
hearts and souls combined

Now we’ve returned
evil threatens our nation
the people are frightened
of endless devastation
they still look at my strangely
and many are cynical
but I hope he was right
pray that I’m a miracle

Wasn’t sure why I was chosen
struggled to find purpose
a team of heroes around me
to demands, I was surplus
but in that moment
inside, I felt the light shine
we were all connected
hearts and souls combined

Lyrics Day 201 – ‘Meant To Be’

Hey everyone,

one of my friends at work is writing a book, and I’ve been speaking with him for a while about the process involved, keeping up to date with his progress. He recently asked me if I planned to write another book, and the answer is yes, but I’m not sure when exactly. But, just for fun, I used today’s lyrics to spout an imaginary setting πŸ™‚

Stay safe, and creative ~

Sean

Meant To Be (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

In a land of abundance
I sank to the bottom
lost all of my comrades
gone, but not forgotten

We fought to get by
nothing less, nothing more
still I wanted to believe in
what I was searching for

Nobles hire the dwarfs
to craft them fine armour
but it’s just for decoration
no pride, nor valour

We fought to get by
nothing less, nothing more
still I wanted to believe in
what I was searching for
wish it appeared before me
in some grand epiphany
my suffering wasn’t for nothing
but instead, meant to be

In search of a secret
I lost those around me
the sword on my back
my only remaining family
we took on quests
some had little meaning
but that peculiar aura
felt so deceiving

We fought to get by
nothing less, nothing more
still I wanted to believe in
what I was searching for
wish it appeared before me
in some grand epiphany
my suffering wasn’t for nothing
instead, meant to be

Lyrics Day 200 – ‘Appreciation’

Hey everyone,

200 consecutive days of lyrics – nice! As I mentioned after I reached 100, I’m very thankful for anybody who reads these words, and I always hope to provide others with a new perspective, which might allow them to appreciate or think differently about similar topics in their own lives – I hope I can continue to do that.

When I started this project, it was a way to use my time productively when I was spending more time inside, but now it provides a way to express my thoughts, and a space for consideration, of whatever is on my mind. Today, since it was another landmark, I decided to write about the topic of appreciation. Thanks again for reading, and here’s to many more πŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

Appreciation (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I love when I come home
to a drama and coffee
know that whatever happens
there’s a story waiting for me

The chances of intelligent life
…it’s a very long number
to waste even a second
must be a blunder

I love the way the rain
seems to make days more profound
scents rising all around me
previously resting on the ground

The chances of intelligent life
…it’s a very long number
to waste even a second
must be a blunder
there are so many things
that deserve my appreciation
but just to be alive
I’m grateful, without hesitation

And when I open my eyes
each and every morning
I look forward to the prospect
of a new day dawning
there are often hardships
it’s not always easy
but I’m grateful for my life
everything it’s given me

The chances of intelligent life
…it’s a very long number
to waste even a second
must be a blunder
there are so many things
that deserve my appreciation
but just to be alive
I’m grateful, without hesitation

Lyrics Day 199 – ‘The First Snow’

Hey everyone,

as is my daily tradition, I arrived home from work today and watched a drama with some coffee. In this one, there was a beautiful scene where the main characters watched the first snow of the year together, and in this culture it represents love – essentially, if you’re lucky enough to see the first snow with somebody, then love can bloom in the future. I love innocent traditions like that, so it inspired this evening’s lyrics πŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

The First Snow (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

They say that love can bloom
upon sight of the first snow
two souls connected
finally found a place to go

Always loved the innocence
and dignity of tradition
staring into her eyes
watching them glisten

And somewhere out there
she’s waiting for me
I’m unsure of the outcome
but what will be, will be

Always loved the innocence
and dignity of tradition
staring into her eyes
watching them glisten
rest your head on my shoulder
as we gaze out of the window
captivating lights of the city
embracing the first snow

And I often wondered
if it could ever happen
wandering the streets
overcome by emotion
I’d like to think it’s possible
and perhaps I shouldn’t
but regret is worse than failure
even if I couldn’t

Always loved the innocence
and dignity of tradition
staring into her eyes
watching them glisten
rest your head on my shoulder
as we gaze out of the window
captivating lights of the city
embracing the first snow

Lyrics Day 198 – ‘Master Degree Celebrations’

Hey everyone,

today I’ve reflected on a day from a few years ago, where I was invited to attend the master degree celebrations for a very special girl in my life. In this instance, I don’t believe that there’s any extra context needed, apart from to say that she lives in a different place now, and I miss her very much. Still, I’m always hopeful for the future πŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

Master Degree Celebrations (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

You met me at the station
as beautiful as ever
one year later, a new city
and you still had me tethered

As you stood on the stage
they gave thanks to family
but you had nobody there
except, that is, for me

I was a little nervous
but still planned to cherish
every single moment
or myself I’d admonish

As you stood on the stage
they gave thanks to family
but you had nobody there
except, that is, for me
you said I could be your brother
and of course I wanted more
but it was a wonderful day
with the girl that I adore

Now when I think back
to that evening at the station
there was so much more to say
bold, romantic statements
but I held my tongue as usual
quietly boarded the train
knew again that I loved her
as we parted in the rain

As you stood on the stage
they gave thanks to family
but you had nobody there
except, that is, for me
you said I could be your brother
and of course I wanted more
but it was a wonderful day
with the girl that I adore