Lyrics Day 121 – ‘Sleeping Beside’

Hey everyone,

following on from yesterday, I’ve just been writing more about the feelings I’ve been having. I’m aware that the content I’ve written about today could easily be misconstrued, but it’s really nothing explicit. Actually, when I imagine sleeping beside this girl it’s only that – the gentle thoughts of comfort and that feeling of connection and companionship; thinking not only of that moment, but our future together. Again, I’m grateful to have the space to express these feelings.

Stay safe, and connected ~

Sean

 

Sleeping Beside (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I imagined several times
just what it would be like
to sleep in the same bed
right there by your side

When I imagine this scenario
it’s always quiet and gentle
every action you take
has me feeling sentimental

Your head’s resting on my chest
I just stay still and listen
to the sound of you breathing
my eyes begin to glisten

When I imagine this scenario
it’s always quiet and gentle
every action you take
has me feeling sentimental
and with an outstretched hand
you ask me to stay
finally feel comfortable saying
“I’ve never felt this way”

Friends who are couples
say you get used to the feeling
of sleeping beside one another
over time, it’s not so appealing
and I have little experience
but I have to disagree
waking up next to someone you love
must be the perfect company

 
When I imagine this scenario
it’s always quiet and gentle
every action you take
has me feeling sentimental
and with an outstretched hand
you ask me to stay
finally feel comfortable saying
“I’ve never felt this way”

Lyrics Day 120 – ‘Her’

Hey everyone,

if you’ve read some of my earlier lyrics, you’ll know that there’s a girl who I’ve cared about for a long time, but I don’t hear from her often. Maybe it’s because with this holiday, I have more time on my hands, but I really miss her.

It would probably be bothersome for her to hear these words, but it helps me to write a little about it, and express how I’m feeling, so thank you for allowing me to do so in this safe space.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

 

Her (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Staring at my phone
but the inbox is empty
turning to my side
wishing you were here with me

I guess sometimes in life
things aren’t always as you’d hoped
which is why I can’t complain
she’s suffered more than most

Looking back on your life
all of the pain you’ve experienced
if I could help anyone
I’d always choose you first

I guess sometimes in life
things aren’t always as you’d hoped
which is why I can’t complain
she’s suffered more than most
I always wanted to be her hero
but honestly that doesn’t matter
even if I’m not involved
I wish her life could be better

 
Have I experienced love?
Honestly, all I can say
is that she’s the only person
who ever made me feel that way
When I had that thought
I think I knew it myself
“Whenever I see her,
I can’t see anything else.”

I guess sometimes in life
things aren’t always as you’d hoped
which is why I can’t complain
she’s suffered more than most
I always wanted to be her hero
but honestly that doesn’t matter
even if I’m not involved
I wish her life could be better

 

Lyrics Day 119 – ‘ The Company He Keeps’

Hey everyone,

I have to apologise – around half way through writing these words, I realised that I’d written about the same topic a few days ago, but genuinely, the same thoughts have been on my mind, and that’s why they’ve inspired a new set of lyrics.

It was something I spoke about recently, but after watching a drama, I suddenly had a thought of who would greet me, if I woke up in hospital, after an operation. I saw all of my best friends, all there to make sure I was okay. Since that time, I’ve felt a profound appreciation of the friends I have. There’s that old saying that you can judge a man by the company he keeps, and in that way I feel extremely proud of the friends that I have.

Stay safe ~

Sean

The Company He Keeps (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

If man is to be judged
by the company he keeps
then thank you my friends
the honour’s reserved for me

Felt immense appreciation
as I imagined the scene
waking up in hospital
best friends all around me

 
Seven or eight in total
each a unique personality
thankful that each individual
was concerned for my safety

Felt immense appreciation
as I imagined the scene
waking up in hospital
best friends all around me
if you wish to judge a person
then look at his friends
suddenly it felt okay
so far, the life I’ve led

There’s something deeply profound
about this sort of appreciation
a feeling that stays with you
beyond passing inclinations
If I never make another friend
honestly, that would be fine
the ones I have are perfect
be together our whole lives

 
Felt immense appreciation
as I imagined the scene
waking up in hospital
best friends all around me
if you wish to judge a person
then look at his friends
suddenly it felt okay
so far, the life I’ve led

Lyrics Day 118 – ‘Friday Night Dinner’

Hey everyone,

not a huge explanation on these lyrics today, but they just reflect on a time where all of my family had left our home, and so I lived there alone for several months, when I was 18. It was a difficult time, but actually now I feel grateful. With my own period of suffering I’ve developed a great deal of empathy for others who I feel are struggling in some way, and am thankful that I’m able to recognise some of those hidden clues in detecting it.

Stay safe, and empathetic ~

Sean

Friday Night Dinner (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Friday night dinners
back then I felt so alone
but it changed for a few hours
when everybody came home

Mum would cook the meal
Brothers talking about football
I would quietly listen
about lives beyond those four walls

Now I’m sat here wondering
what I could have done differently
would my course have been altered
the core of my personality

Mum would cook the meal
Brothers talking about football
I would quietly listen
about lives beyond those four walls
being alone for so long
it was such a hard time
I’m still not really over it
but it helped forge my mind

I’ve come to a decision
about that period of suffering
and actually I feel grateful
as it developed my empathy
when I was loading the dishwasher
after everyone had left
still remember those feelings
realise when others are bereft

Mum would cook the meal
Brothers talking about football
I would quietly listen
about lives beyond those four walls
being alone for so long
it was such a hard time
I’m still not really over it
but it helped forge my mind

Lyrics Day 117 – ‘Calm’

Hey everyone,

I feel amazing today; just so relaxed and care-free…and I’m not sure why! Have you ever felt like that? Normally, I’m not unhappy, but I’m constantly in a state of thinking of the next thing that I have to do, rather than simply appreciating the moment. This tired, relaxed state that I’ve found myself in allows me to do that fully, and it’s great!

Stay safe, and calm ~

Sean

 

Calm (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

This morning I woke up later
and I’m not really sure why
but life seems to much nicer
hear the birds chirping in the sky

Feel a vague sense of tiredness
a carefree mode that was lacking
listening to thoughts one by one
rather than the usual hectic stacking
my mind feels so clear
no cause for alarm
wish I knew the secret
why today I feel so calm

Sat down with some coffee
unconcerned with other tasks
it never tasted sweeter
savoured each second as it passed

Feel a vague sense of tiredness
a carefree mode that was lacking
listening to thoughts one by one
rather than the usual hectic stacking
my mind feels so clear
no cause for alarm
wish I knew the secret
why today I feel so calm

If I knew the secret formula
I wouldn’t bottle and sell
instead keeping that recipe
whenever I felt unwell
I’m not sure what I did
to achieve this sense of ease
but I’ll enjoy it whilst it lasts
I rarely feel appeased

 
Feel a vague sense of tiredness
a carefree mode that was lacking
listening to thoughts one by one
rather than the usual hectic stacking
my mind feels so clear
no cause for alarm
wish I knew the secret
why today I feel so calm

Lyrics Day 116 – ‘Attention’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written about a concern I have, with social media. I want to be fair and say that I think social media has many positive points – for example, I’m able to communicate with several friends in other countries, and especially during this period of time when we want to share our lives with others but are unable to do so in a conventional way, it certainly is a great thing.

Maybe around 3 years ago, I didn’t post a single status on Facebook for almost two years. I’d been watching talks about the detrimental effects of social media, and I realised that whilst I wasn’t posting photos of myself, I was posting opinions a lot, which showed me in a positive light. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but over time I realised that I was really only posting for feedback, rather than actually helping to inspire and motivate people, which has always been my goal.

Now, I have returned to social media, but I’m very careful about what I post. I always ensure that I truly feel that it would be beneficial to others, and doesn’t mention anything about me, only about a topic. I’ve also gotten into the habit of only looking at my phone when I receive a message, rather than scrolling mindlessly, as it makes me feel lethargic.

With my own realisation, I was able to spot the frailties of others, also. As I mention in the lyrics, I can’t be completely certain, but unfortunately I see people posting frequently every day, and every so often there are hints of the pain they’re struggling with. That’s sort of what I’m warning against with these words – relying on that attention, which is almost artificial, is very dangerous, and I believe a healthy way is to work on yourself for you, outside of the glare of the ‘public eye’.

Stay safe, and aware ~

Sean

 

Attention (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Always posting pictures
waiting desperately for comments
but the feeling is superficial
they’re left to quietly lament

These platforms are remarkable
but we’ve become too reliant
on instant gratification
and artificial lighting

You’re posting so frequently
and you know, I can’t be sure
there seems to be a hidden pain
a truth to your joyous words

 
These platforms are remarkable
but we’ve become too reliant
on instant gratification
and artificial lighting
always add a positive spin
so careful in what you mention
I’ve had a foreboding feeling
this is the wrong kind of attention

In these issues I speak of
I was also guilty
of wanting to be noticed
for people to like me
But I realised it was better
to treasure life’s value
capturing it in the mind
instead of 100 photos

These platforms are remarkable
but we’ve become too reliant
on instant gratification
and artificial lighting
always add a positive spin
so careful in what you mention
I’ve had a foreboding feeling
this is the wrong kind of attention

Lyrics Day 115 – ‘Life’

Hey everyone,

I really feel as though I’ve taken on board a profound lesson recently, and I am thankful that I’m able to share it with those of you who read this. It all started recently, when I imagined waking up in hospital after an operation, and feeling great appreciation about the number of people greeting me as I woke up. That deep appreciation had really embedded itself in my thoughts, and I’ve been able to think more about a topic that was on my mind a month or so ago; specifically, the thought of the billions of people living life alongside me, and the billions of people who lived in the past, also. In combination with that, my thoughts on nature (which you can read in more detail in my post from a couple of days ago), in that it’s carrying on around us, irrespective of our attention or judgement.

I was speaking with a friend yesterday when these thoughts just flowed together. He’s thinking of going down a new career path, but is unsure of whether that path is right or not. However, he did feel that it was a positive move, and would certainly help him in other areas. I agreed – I said that in life, every step and direction can teach us something, and open up new avenues of possibility. I then spoke about the topics which I mentioned above, in that, I’ve been thinking about life so much differently; that, decades ago, people walked the same streets, and lived in the same town that I do now, and each of them had their own hopes and fears. And now, alongside me, billions of people wake up each day and try their best – sometimes we do well, sometimes we don’t, but every single person is trying, and struggling with different issues. In relation to nature, as we go about our lives, nature continues in the background, on different timescales but in the same overall cycle.

These thoughts give me a profound sense of patience with myself, and a sense of connection and togetherness with the rest of the world. We all have different viewpoints but we’re all living, trying our best day by day – I’m not the only one succeeding, and I’m not the only one struggling. Viewing it in this way, brings about a kindness for myself and others; an empathy for myself which I lacked. And, in that way, I can see that we can’t always know that the route we’re taking is the right one, but every situation gives us a chance to grow and develop, if we let it.

Stay safe, and live, in the best way you can ~

Sean

 

Life (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

There are billions of people
living with and before me
each with their own passion
each with their own identity

Speaking just yesterday
with a friend about decisions
wondering if each step
should be timed with precision

I sometimes wonder
who walked these nearby streets
good people, warriors
explorers or kings

Speaking just yesterday
with a friend about decisions
wondering if each step
should be timed with precision
but in every single movement
lessons can be learned
best advice I’ve received:
‘This life…is everyone’s first’

 
As each day passes
I’m learning something new
have a greater appreciation
for everything I do
life has lessons to impart
if we’re able to see
understand that alongside us
nature slows symmetrically

Speaking just yesterday
with a friend about decisions
wondering if each step
should be timed with precision
but in every single movement
lessons can be learned
best advice I’ve received:
‘This life…is everyone’s first’

Lyrics Day 114 – ‘Trading Cards’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written about my love of trading cards, but particularly the memories I have as a child. I do still collect trading cards, and enjoy playing, but the feeling I have now is more of appreciation, and back then it was just pure excitement. I remember my Dad would often buy me packets of cards after he finished work, and give them to me when I returned home from school. It was a simple gesture, but one that meant the world to me.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Trading Cards (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Nine cards per pack
the fifth was always shiny
eyes wide in anticipation
sieving through them slowly

When I arrived home from school
Dad was there waiting for me
he’d bought me two packs that day
always a special feeling

One day I remember
getting that shiny monster
went back with my Dad
to thank the store’s owner

 
When I arrived home from school
Dad was there waiting for me
he’d bought me two packs that day
always a special feeling
opening those packets of cards
they almost felt like my friends
the monsters in the pictures
Charizard, Tri-Horned Dragon

Now the feeling is different
but still kind of special
I imagine the creators
and what they hoped for
when speaking together
and penning their designs
perhaps they wished to brighten
the lives of others, like mine

 
When I arrived home from school
Dad was there waiting for me
he’d bought me two packs that day
always a special feeling
opening those packets of cards
they almost felt like my friends
the monsters in the pictures
Charizard, Tri-Horned Dragon

 

Lyrics Day 113 – ‘Ocean Waves’

Hey everyone,

a few weeks ago, during a podcast, I asked one of my friends about their ideal scene – a comfortable environment for them to be in. She spoke about the beach, which in turn caused me to consider the ocean, and just recently I’ve been listening to audio of ocean waves when relaxing at home.

I hope these lyrics speak for themselves in a way, so I won’t go into too much detail, but basically they were inspired by the thought of the ocean continuing to stir, irrespective of our presence. That then led me to think about all aspects of nature, from the ocean waves to events on other planets; it’s just a fascinating thought, that all of these natural events are occurring all around us, despite not being observed.

Stay safe, and curious ~

Sean

 

Ocean Waves (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Considering those waves
evokes harmonious balance
crashing against each other
irrespective of our presence

There’s something majestic
about the force of nature
all around the Universe
equal birthing and disaster

I wonder about this moment
when nobody’s by the beach
still they rise and fall
an ocean of mysteries beneath

There’s something majestic
about the force of nature
all around the Universe
equal birthing and disaster
it’s a continuous pattern
that we ourselves replicate
just like how the moon
controls those ocean waves

Does a falling tree make a sound
if no-one is around to hear it?
The answer is clear, but
that question, I love the spirit
It causes you to ponder
the changing world around us
the stunning natural landscapes
where miracles are endless

There’s something majestic
about the force of nature
all around the Universe
equal birthing and disaster
it’s a continuous pattern
that we ourselves replicate
just like how the moon
controls those ocean waves

Lyrics Day 112 – ‘Appreciation’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics reflect on a deep appreciation that I felt yesterday. It relates to a drama I finished recently, where there was such a strong sense of connection between friends. In one of the scenes, a character wakes up in hospital, after an operation, which probably prompted my thought, but I suddenly imagined waking up in a hospital bed too, and thinking about who I would find around me. Not the people who felt like they should see me, but those who genuinely wanted to.

When I had this thought, I was surprised at how many people filled that imaginary room. And, I smiled, thinking that having formed meaningful friendships with these people already in my life – that’s enough for me. I’m not saying that I don’t ever want to make another friend, should the opportunity arise, but having these people who I care for, and who care for me in return, feels really special.

On that note, I recorded a new episode of the podcast a couple of days ago with three of the people in that room – check it out if you have the time 🙂

 

Stay safe, and grateful ~

Sean

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

I had a nice thought
almost an epiphany
waking up in hospital
friends standing over me

I’m greeted with smiling faces
as my weary eyes open
rushing over to my side
expressing jubilation

It’s nice how such a thought
allows for deep appreciation
of what’s truly important
you receive a strong inclination

 
I’m greeted with smiling faces
as my weary eyes open
rushing over to my side
expressing jubilation
a plethora of people
offering support for eternity
if I never meet another soul
they will be enough for me

They say that in life
you can’t replicate
a unique personality
and so shouldn’t understate
a single person’s worth
not you, or anyone else
if we all come together
true potential is unshelved

I’m greeted with smiling faces
as my weary eyes open
rushing over to my side
expressing jubilation
a plethora of people
offering support for eternity
if I never meet another soul
they will be enough for me