Lyrics Day 170 – ‘Tesco’s then Domino’s’

Hey everyone,

in today’s lyrics I reflect on a memory from the end of my second year of University. I was actually in the same Tesco early this morning, doing my weekly shopping, and the thought came to my mind a little bit later. I don’t think it needs a great deal of explaining, but it was a nice evening for me, celebrating with new friends after completing our final piece of work for that year 🙂

Stay safe ~

Sean

Tesco’s then Domino’s (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Final hand of second year
a few of us were stressed
we went for snacks and pizza
balance would be redressed

I’d been working so hard
not much of a social life
but I was very much reminded
on that special night

Aidan had £1 left in his account
and spent it on Pringles
introduced to different mindsets
as we sat and mingled

I’d been working so hard
not much of a social life
but I was very much reminded
on that special night
just what friendship was
when I was kindly invited
to Tesco’s then Domino’s
realised I’d been short-sighted

I guess it was then
I got to know you all properly
meaningful discussions
over pizza and anime
the start of something special
as we approached our final year
you were all there beside me
I had nothing to fear

I’d been working so hard
not much of a social life
but I was very much reminded
on that special night
just what friendship was
when I was kindly invited
to Tesco’s then Domino’s
realised I’d been short-sighted

Lyrics Day 169 -‘Gratitude’

Hey everyone,

in line with my piece on acceptance yesterday, this morning I got to thinking about gratitude. I’ve always felt extremely lucky to be alive; not because of a traumatic accident or anything like that, but simply because I view it as a wonderful opportunity. Those views evolved further when I began to become interested in space, several years ago. I watched a documentary which highlighted how rare life (and indeed complex life) is, and it made me feel even more grateful; I feel a great responsibility to use this opportunity as well as I’m able to, for the good of everyone.

Stay safe, everyone ~

Sean

Gratitude (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I’m grateful to open my eyes
and wake up each morning
know that anything can happen
a new day dawning

When my feet hit the pavement
and the damp scent rises
I’m thankful I’m able to smell
and for all five senses

The lights from the street
enhanced in shimmering reflections
life displays it’s beauty
in each and every direction

When my feet hit the pavement
and the damp scent rises
I’m thankful I’m able to smell
and for all five senses
cold days warmed with coffee
in the midst of your company
when it comes down to it
there’s so much this life offers me

All of my memories
and all of my history
may in fact be nothing
compared with what’s ahead of me
I guess for me that’s it
for what I’m most grateful
the hope that life gives me
anything is possible

When my feet hit the pavement
and the damp scent rises
I’m thankful I’m able to smell
and for all five senses
cold days warmed with coffee
in the midst of your company
when it comes down to it
there’s so much this life offers me

Lyrics Day 168 – ‘Acceptance’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are focused on the notion of acceptance. Many people have the misconception that acceptance means to give up, but it’s actually just a state of facing the reality in front of you, so your mind is not paralysed with ideas of hopes and expectations, and is free to react in the best possible way.

This theory comes from a book I read on mindfulness meditation, and I have a great example of why it is so powerful, from a moment I experienced a few years ago. I went into the city on my own, because my friends were working that day, and decided to watch a movie. As I was walking to the cinema, I found myself comparing the day’s experience unfavourably to ones I’d had in the past, with my friends. But then I just stopped, and decided to focus on what was happening, rather than what I was comparing it to. I felt an immense sense of relief in that moment, where I could just enjoy the experience for what it was.

Stay safe, everyone ~

Sean

Acceptance (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

We spend all of our time
hoping for changes
never ever satisfied
with the current arrangement

Life will pass us by
if we continually diminish
each second that passes
before we know, it’s finished

To cherish each moment
creates a brand new attitude
an opportunity to cultivate
a permanent sense of gratitude

Life will pass us by
if we continually diminish
each second that passes
in no time, it’s finished
‘I don’t like this, or that,
I wish things were different’
wouldn’t it be better
to practice some acceptance?

Had an experience once
things were not as I expected
decided to take a breath
with the moment I connected
felt a sense of relief
my mind filled with curiosity
no longer making comparisons
alive to what was in front of me

Life will pass us by
if we continually diminish
each second that passes
in no time, it’s finished
‘I don’t like this, or that,
I wish things were different’
wouldn’t it be better
to practice some acceptance?

Lyrics Day 167 – ‘Mirror’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written on the topic of appearance – what it means to me, and how it affects my confidence. In truth, it’s something I’ve suffered with, particularly over the past few years. I guess it’s difficult to mention without sounding shallow, but if you don’t like your appearance and you’re unable to change it, it does affect your confidence.

What I have done over this past 6 months or so, is begin to focus on the things that I can control. For example, I can’t change my appearance, but I can change my perspective of its importance, and shift my focus to the things about myself that I can work on – to continue developing as a person.

When I arrived home from work today, I felt so tired – a student needed extra support so I missed my lunch break (well, I had half a banana), and as I was freshening up, I caught a glimpse of myself, and let it affect me negatively, for a minute or two. I think that’s natural sometimes though, and thanks to my improved mindset, I was able to recover from those feelings quickly, which shows real progression in my eyes.

Stay safe, everyone ~

Sean

Mirror (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Stared into the mirror
and noticed my reflection
for a few minutes
negative introspection

Everything about my appearance
in that moment seemed so ugly
started to doubt myself
wondered why she’d choose me

What will you do
when you see me again?
Will you turn and run
or embrace what’s within?

Everything about my appearance
in that moment seemed so ugly
started to doubt myself
wondered why she’d choose me
the feelings were genuine
but only remained briefly
stepped away from the mirror
focused on what was inside of me

It’s true that in my mind
I’m not well endowed
in terms of appearance
won’t stand out in a crowd
but I won’t spend my life
ruing the way I look
it contains many other pages
my story, my book

Everything about my appearance
in that moment seemed so ugly
started to doubt myself
wondered why she’d choose me
the feelings were genuine
but only remained briefly
stepped away from the mirror
focused on what was inside of me

Lyrics Day 166 – ‘Silence’

Hey everyone,

before I sat down to type out today’s lyrics, I saw quite a negative status from my ex girlfriend – not about me, or anything in particular, but it had an air of sadness to it. I’ve typed this story once before in a previous set of lyrics, but we broke up just over a year ago, in a relationship which lasted a year.

She didn’t do anything wrong, and still wanted to continue the relationship, but unfortunately I realised over time that I didn’t want to spend my life with her, so I had to make the difficult decision and end it. I still feel sad even now looking back on it, because she was great, and as I reflect on in this song, I just hope more than anything that she’s able to find happiness.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Silence (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Hope you’re weren’t sitting in silence
as you typed out that status
not lacking emotion but
of meaning, there’s an absence

What has life been like for you
during this past year?
Does the past still haunt you
do you have the same fears?

Are you still in the same place
as you were back then?
Fridge magnets and artwork
by the side of your bed

What has life been like for you
during this past year?
Does the past still haunt you
do you have the same fears?
Wish more than anything
for you to take all of life’s prizes
instead of wallowing in despair
and sitting in silence

How things ended between us
is not my biggest regret
actually even now
I know it was for the best
but thinking of you sitting there
not moving on with your life
it feels like I’m responsible
my hand on the knife

What has life been like for you
during this past year?
Does the past still haunt you
do you have the same fears?
Wish more than anything
for you to take all of life’s prizes
instead of wallowing in despair
and sitting in silence

Lyrics Day 165 – ‘Delayed Gratification’

Hey everyone,

ever since I was a child, I’ve enjoyed the feeling of working for a reward; of earning my rest. Today when I arrived home, I had a list of jobs to do, and it would have been really easy to ignore the run I had planned, which occurs every other day.

But, with my new routine I’ve been feeling so positive and focused over these past few weeks, so I decided to go out there, even though I wasn’t in my best condition. Part of my thinking was the feeling I knew I’d have when I came home – the coffee tasted so much better!

Stay safe ~

Sean

Delayed Gratification (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Arrived home from work
legs were already aching
but the coffee tastes so much better
after exercise and meditation

Bought an expensive sandwich
my friends thought I was crazy
for not eating it there and then
and choosing the option of waiting

And if you experience pleasure freely
perhaps you won’t understand
but with the satisfaction of effort
life is pushing me forwards, a hand

Bought an expensive sandwich
my friends thought I was crazy
for not eating it there and then
and choosing the option of waiting
until I got back home
that day after class ended
sat in comfort on my sofa
and savoured every second

It always felt right
for work to precede the reward
any other option felt wrong
lazy, and flawed
but that’s just my opinion
an individual’s inclination
I’ll forever cherish the option
of delayed gratification

Bought an expensive sandwich
my friends thought I was crazy
for not eating it there and then
and choosing the option of waiting
until I got back home
that day after class ended
sat in comfort on my sofa
and savoured every second

Lyrics Day 164 – ‘Stories’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are based on a topic which I’ve explored before – the consideration of the lives and histories of the people around us. And, when I say the people around us, actually I’m not really speaking about our loved ones, but the people who pass us in the streets.

I was walking home through town after my run yesterday morning, and there were probably around 20 people in my field of view. Again, I just got to thinking about the lives these people have led, and will lead, and how although I know nothing about them, just like me, they have and will have their own life story. These lyrics are written with those thoughts in mind.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Stories (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Walking back through town
travelling past countless stories
of the people passing by
all within my vicinity

All of them different
each with a unique history
and future to contend with
right now they’re all mysteries

Walking back after exercise
there must have been twenty
people in my sight
each with their own story

All of them different
each with a unique history
and future to contend with
right now they’re all mysteries
to me, because I can’t hear them
singing to their own symphony
but perhaps someday, if I’m lucky
I’ll bear witness to their stories

I don’t know if I’ll see them again
as they disappear from vision
but perhaps our path with cross
if fates are lined with precision
I believe the future is determined
by us and nothing else
so I’ll meet as many people as I can
and learn their stories myself

All of them different
each with a unique history
and future to contend with
right now they’re all mysteries
to me, because I can’t hear them
singing to their own symphony
but perhaps someday, if I’m lucky
I’ll bear witness to their stories

Lyrics Day 163 – ‘Pepper and Crumble’

Hey everyone,

today’s title may seem a little strange, but they’re actually the names of two dogs we used to look after, for a friend of my Mum’s. Pepper was a black Labrador, and Crumble a small Norfolk Terrier. We probably only looked after them for around a week every three months or so, but they felt like part of the family. I wanted to post a photo but sadly I couldn’t find any on my PC. But, I’m happy to share my memories of them 🙂

Stay safe ~

Sean

Pepper and Crumble (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I remember my feelings
when I first met those two
little and large
a ten year friendship ensued

Both were wide-eyed
always hungry for more
treats and attention
and looking to explore

Once Crumble crawled
under the armchair
the birth of seven puppies
was behind her behaviour

Both were wide-eyed
always hungry for more
treats and attention
and looking to explore
our house where they stayed
every so often
Crumble had her pillow
Pepper stayed in the kitchen

Once when I was younger
Crumble met me on the stairs
rolled on her belly
whilst I was unaware
that Pepper was reaching
for food in the kitchen
and to this day I’m sure
that was their agreement

Both were wide-eyed
always hungry for more
treats and attention
and looking to explore
our house where they stayed
every so often
Crumble had her pillow
Pepper stayed in the kitchen

Lyrics Day 162 – ‘Dependable’

Hey everyone,

Right now at work, due to various restrictions imposed by this virus, we’re a little short staffed, so everybody is feeling the pressure in different ways. Somehow, I found myself with 30 minutes free time, and noticed that I was thinking of things I could do to make my colleagues’ lives a little easier.

I was proud of myself for that thought, and even when I fully recognised my intentions, instinctively I just felt like I wanted to be that person – a dependable soul who others could lean on in times of trouble. It was satisfying, because it wasn’t like I thought ‘I want to be like this’ and subsequently took action, but actually happened the other way around, in that I was already being dependable, and realised how much that meant to me.

Stay safe, and keep moving forwards ~

Sean

Dependable (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

It happened yesterday
as panic ensued around me
realised what I wanted
a moment of epiphany

The calm in the storm
way above, in the ether
the one who can bear the weight
and make things a little easier

How can I connect the strands
and make them even tighter?
So the threads are harmonious
and their hearts feel lighter

The calm in the storm
way above, in the ether
the one who can bear the weight
and make things a little easier
for everyone around them
a reliable anchor at their side
who holds themselves with dignity
actions conducted with pride

Even small actions
all lead to your ideal self
you can choose to step up
or leave it on the shelf
in each passing second
there lies an opportunity
to become greater
than you ever thought you’d be

The calm in the storm
way above, in the ether
the one who can bear the weight
and make things a little easier
for everyone around them
a reliable anchor at their side
who holds themselves with dignity
actions conducted with pride

Lyrics Day 161 – ‘Night Drive Home’

Hey everyone,

in today’s lyrics I reflect on the drives home my family and I had, after long days out. It’s a very simple but warm memory, and one I had fun reminiscing on 🙂

Stay safe, and nostalgic ~

Sean

Night Drive Home (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I was just a kid then
would almost always fall asleep
listening to familiar music
sinking into the seat

Cars streamed past us
all of them at high speeds
but it felt like still motion
my heart and mind at peace

When I opened my eyes
it only felt like a second
leaving the comfort of our car
it was difficult to comprehend

Cars streamed past us
all of them at high speeds
but it felt like still motion
my heart and mind at peace
the sun’s glow had faded
purple and navy filled the sky
stared up at the street lights
perfect time for a drive

Every single journey
we’d cycle through the CDs
borrowed from my Brother
always playing on repeat
I knew all of the songs
and so did my Dad
those car journeys home
some of the best times we’ve had

Cars streamed past us
all of them at high speeds
but it felt like still motion
my heart and mind at peace
the sun’s glow had faded
purple and navy filled the sky
stared up at the street lights
perfect time for a drive