Lyrics Day Eighty Eight – ‘Smoothie and Biscuits’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics present yet another small, sentimental feeling/memory which I recall fondly. When I was younger, I had a part-time job, and on the eve of my two days off, when I got off the train, before biking home I would stop off at Sainsbury’s to get a smoothie and some chocolate biscuits, ready to enjoy later whilst playing a video game. I actually kept up this tradition for some time, which my colleagues would often make fun of! In any case, though small, it was a really nice feeling for me each time, and I can look back on that time with a warm heart.

As a side note, last week, my friends and I recorded the first in what I hope will be many episodes of ‘Coffee Table Musings’, a podcast. I’ve been considering ways in which I can use my time at home more effectively, and a podcast is perfect – it can all be done online and enables me to spend time with my friends, during this difficult period of time. The first episode speaks about the dreams/nightmares that my friends and I have had, and we offer up our interpretations of those. I love to explore different topics, but what’s most fascinating to me are people’s perspectives, and the reasons why they feel that way. I hope that the podcast can give me a chance to learn and grow, and live in a better way.

I’m not sure how regularly the podcasts will be recorded, because it depends on the availability of my friends, but I have a lot of ideas, and will do them as often as I’m able to 🙂

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Smoothie and Biscuits (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Biked home on Friday afternoon
stopped off at Sainsbury’s
not a care in the world
just biscuits and a smoothie

Always stayed up late
weekend ahead of me
playing video games
life repeating endlessly

The endless repetition
never seemed a waste of time
I hadn’t accomplished much
but each second was mine

Always stayed up late
weekend ahead of me
playing video games
life repeating endlessly
never considered tomorrow
but I didn’t mind
with my snacks beside me
I was more than satisfied

Somewhere in writing this
I’m searching for a balance
between a meaningful life
and comfortable moments
As the years passed
snacks seemed a waste
felt guilty about gaming
tomorrow was making haste

 
Always stayed up late
weekend ahead of me
playing video games
life repeating endlessly
never considered tomorrow
but I didn’t mind
with my snacks beside me
I was more than satisfied

Lyrics Day Eighty Seven – ‘Chocolate Bars’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics speak about another small but extremely comforting memory that I have. I guess what I’ve taken from writing this one, and indeed some of the others, is once again the amazing impact of perspective. Dad coming home and buying us chocolate bars, in his eyes, was probably a very simple thing to do, but it meant the world to us. In relation to that, I can also see the impact of seemingly small gestures, too.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Chocolate Bars (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Dad would always bring us chocolate
when he arrived home late from bingo
I used to get so excited
watching him pull up from the window

 
Knowing what I do now
I wonder about your excursions
you were so late sometimes
always taking diversions

 
You pulled out of your pocket
four bars of different variety
held them in your hand
as we approached happily

 
Knowing what I do now
I wonder about your excursions
you were so late sometimes
always taking diversions
it makes me sad to think about
but I won’t ruin a good memory
I’ll just remember the chocolate
and what you meant to me

 
It just goes to show
simple actions can be profound
if performed with good will
love and meaning abound
It was just a small thing
but you did it with love
I’ll treasure those moments
try to forget the other stuff

 
Knowing what I do now
I wonder about your excursions
you were so late sometimes
always taking diversions
it makes me sad to think about
but I won’t ruin a good memory
I’ll just remember the chocolate
and what you meant to me

Lyrics Day Eighty Six – ‘Little House’

Hey everyone,

do you have somewhere you go currently, or a nostalgic place in your memory, which just seemed perfect? For me, it was my friends house, since we were kids. Reading through these lyrics that I wrote, some of the descriptions feel a little disrespectful, but it was the clutter which made the house feel homely, like something out of a story book. Even in writing these lyrics, I’m still able to remember the exact smell from that time, which was a pleasant surprise.

Stay safe ~

Sean

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

Your home wasn’t little
but it felt so small
with clutter all around
dust lining the walls

Now I often wonder
if the memory of that sight
that comfortable feeling
is why I love the warm light

But in that lack of space
I only felt comfort
a strong sense of warmth
like something out of ‘The Hobbit’

Now I often wonder
if the memory of that sight
that comfortable feeling
is why I love the warm light
and that pungent smell
I associated with you
cat fur and pipe smoke
filled the house through and through

 
Looking back on it now
recall my admiration so clearly
saw your home as magical
a peaceful sanctuary
Your Dad reading a book
Brother watching Buffy
from ages five to twenty seven
it was always you and me

 
Now I often wonder
if the memory of that sight
that comfortable feeling
is why I love the warm light
and that pungent smell
I associated with you
cat fur and pipe smoke
filled the house through and through

 

Lyrics Day Eighty Five – ‘Hot Chocolate’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written about another nice memory I have, during a primary school football match. For the last 5-10 minutes, the rain was torrential – to this day I have no idea why Mr Bevan (our teacher and football coach) kept us out there! I could barely feel my hands, and with all the rain, it was so hard to see clearly, but when Mum picked me up, and we were able to return home, she ensured that I felt comfortable straight away.

It’s a warm and comfortable memory, and I can still recall the feelings that I had, at that time. Though, looking back, I appreciate it a lot more now. I have no issues at all with my Mum – actually, she’s the kindest person that I know, but we’ve just drifted apart over time. In writing some of these memories associated with childhood, that longing for a family presence is certainly with me.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Hot Chocolate (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

As we ran around the field
The sky turned dull and gloomy
heavens announced themselves
rain poured down heavily

My kit was soaked through
and I could barely see
Mum waiting at the final whistle
weather didn’t affect me, suddenly

 
The conditions were brutal
colds were ours to catch
so hard to believe
it was just a school football match

 
My kit was soaked through
and I could barely see
Mum waiting at the final whistle
weather didn’t affect me, suddenly
arrived home quickly
no longer in the mire
hot chocolate placed in my hands
wrapped in a towel by the fire

I guess what I’m trying to do
is reflect on what I’ve lost
could make 100 hot chocolates
right now, if I want
but it’s never the same
if not received with love
the memories are symbolic
of who I want to become

My kit was soaked through
and I could barely see
Mum waiting at the final whistle
weather didn’t affect me, suddenly
arrived home quickly
no longer in the mire
hot chocolate placed in my hands
wrapped in a towel by the fire

 

Lyrics Day Eighty Four – ‘Toy Santa’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics were written about another warm memory I have, from when I was around 7 or 8 years old. It was the last day of primary school before the two week Christmas break, and my Dad picked me up before taking me to the village shop, to buy a little toy Santa car that I’d wanted for a while. Even as an adult, I love travelling home from work before a weekend or a holiday, and I had the same feeling then. It was so dark, even in the afternoon, but I remember the glow of that small village shop, sort of a manifestation of my own feelings. It’s a great memory 🙂

Stay Safe ~

Sean

Toy Santa (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I recall my feeling
that cold winter afternoon
the old village shop
came glowing into view

Village was cloaked in darkness
even after school at 15:20
but the hopeful promise of Christmas
warmed my cold hands plenty

All of the other kids
had bought it weeks ago
Santa driving a car
pull back and watch him go

Village was cloaked in darkness
even after school at 15:20
but the hopeful promise of Christmas
warmed my cold hands plenty
Dad had offered to buy me
that little Santa toy
beginning of the holidays
my heart bursting with joy

 
That last day at school
before the Christmas break
it was so dark and cold
but I didn’t once shake
all I can remember
is that special feeling
visiting the shop
more than appealing

Village was cloaked in darkness
even after school at 15:20
but the hopeful promise of Christmas
warmed my cold hands plenty
Dad had offered to buy me
that little Santa toy
beginning of the holidays
my heart bursting with joy

Lyrics Day Eighty One – ‘April 26th’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics feature another special memory that I have. It was the deadline day for our first year of University, and my friends and I celebrated in the SU bar. To be honest, a gathering of so many people feels worlds away now, not because of lock-down, but because it’s been so long since we’ve all been together. But yeah, I remember just sitting down on the sofa, feeling exhausted but content and happy, as I stared out at all of the friends I’d made that year, sitting around me.

As I remarked last time, life seems to be made up of these single moments, and special memories. I think it’s about living in the best way possible for ourselves, and having as many of those treasured moments as possible – being brave enough to put ourselves out there, taking chances and sharing connections with the people we meet.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

April 26th (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

The end of year one
it was April 26th
all together in one photo
my nostalgia still sticks

Looking around the room
at each and every person
sat exhausted but contented
friendships began to blossom

Joe and Sean were laughing
I’d just met Dimitris
overheard another theory
from the mind of Steve

 
Looking around the room
at each and every person
sat exhausted but contented
friendships began to blossom
this time I wasn’t alone
but surrounded by friends
the feeling at that time
I wished it wouldn’t end

It was a blissful feeling
knowing I’d completed
my biggest challenge so far
not to be defeated
I’m glad that I resolved
to capture that image
15 of us together
a milestone in our pilgrimage

Looking around the room
at each and every person
sat exhausted but contented
friendships began to blossom
this time I wasn’t alone
but surrounded by friends
the feeling at that time
I wished it wouldn’t end

Lyrics Day Eighty – ‘Comfort’

Hey everyone,

I promised to write lyrics about various memories and experiences that I had, and today’s lyrics are based on a very brief moment, but one where I’ll always remember the feeling that I had. My brother wanted to buy a new football, and asked Dad to take him into town. I think I was probably 7 or 8 years old, I’m not sure. But, I remember watching them leave from the window, and just feeling so comfortable, in that moment.

Looking back, I think it was the security I felt, knowing where they were going, and that they would soon return. I comment on it briefly in the lyrics, but it’s funny how in a life made up of many years, single moments seem to define our existence, where we truly feel alive. I guess it’s just about making as many of those moments as possible.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Comfort (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

I’ll always remember the comfort
associated with that memory
father and brother outside
looking back at me

 
Sun was setting outside
pink coloured the sky
dull hum of the engine
as I exhaled a peaceful sigh

They were just going to town
I was staring through the window
acknowledged the cosy feeling
as I watched them go

Sun was setting outside
pink coloured the sky
dull hum of the engine
as I exhaled a peaceful sigh
Sounds strange to experience
happiness as they were leaving
but actually it was because
I knew they’d be returning

In the grand scheme of things
it was a microscopic event
but that’s what we remember
the special feeling in a moment
I’ve been living all these years
it makes a mockery of time
to remember only a fraction
where I felt truly alive

 
Sun was setting outside
pink coloured the sky
dull hum of the engine
as I exhaled a peaceful sigh
Sounds strange to experience
happiness as they were leaving
but actually it was because
I knew they’d be returning

Lyrics Day Seventy Five – ‘Happiness’

Hey everyone,

today’s post concerns the philosophy of happiness. It’s something that’s been on mind recently, because I’ve spoken to various people in my life about their problems, and that continues with my friends, and people at work too. I watched a talk around a year or so ago, where the speaker commented:

“Don’t you find that there are people who, no matter what happens, can always find something to be happy about? And, similarly, those who can always find something negative.”

I’ve found that to be true, particularly when I volunteered for a brief period in a hospital. There were other factors of course, but it seemed like those people with a positive attitude seemed to have more energy and recover faster, in contrast to those who were held a defeatist mindset.

With that in mind, I hope that during this challenging period of time, you’re able to discover your own happiness.

Stay safe, and happy ~

Sean

Happiness (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

It’s funny how those
who seemingly have nothing
still experience happiness
never stay up all night wondering

The ones who are happy
never question what it means
surrounded by loved ones
they only feel at ease

Happiness it seems
is a grateful state of mind
unaffected by status
unfettered through time

The ones who are happy
never question what it means
surrounded by loved ones
they only feel at ease
difficult times are common
and everyone feels sadness
but what counts is our perception
and the people around us

My happiest moment?
I’m immersed in connection
in each and every memory
time became irrelevant
Remember that feeling
and count my blessings
the thought never crossed my mind
that anything was missing

 
The ones who are happy
never question what it means
surrounded by loved ones
they only feel at ease
difficult times are common
and everyone feels sadness
but what counts is our perception
and the people around us

Lyrics Day Seventy Two – ‘Asleep’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics were inspired by some random scrolling on social media, where I came across a photo of an old friend – I’ve known him since primary school. I think his wife had taken the photo, and he was sleeping, apparently exhausted from his fatherly duties. To be honest, apart from one of two cases, this same situation is happening for most people I went to school with, and I’m still hoping that my dream girl messages me back, which made me smile (if a little ironically)!

Still, the photo made me wonder if that situation would ever happen for me, and that’s what these words are about.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Asleep (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Browsing through online photos
one of my old friends
saw an image of him sleeping
family life paying dividends

A life so contented
or that’s how it seemed
surrounded by loved ones
smiling while falling asleep

 
His wife had praised him
for being a great Dad
he seemed so peaceful
part of me wishes I had

A life so contented
or that’s how it seemed
surrounded by loved ones
smiling while falling asleep
It must be a nice feeling
to have your own family
but I’m just not ready
there’s no-one here to wake me

So many classmates
are in the same situation
married with children
way above my station
I’m just sat here waiting
on that green light
can’t help but smile
I was always a little behind

 
A life so contented
or that’s how it seemed
surrounded by loved ones
smiling while falling asleep
It must be a nice feeling
to have your own family
but I’m just not ready
there’s no-one here to wake me

Lyrics Day Seventy – ‘Library’

Hey everyone,

I’ve been wanting to write lyrics about the library I used to go to for some time, and was reminded of it this morning, in my phone call with a friend. If you’ve read some of my previous lyrics, you’ll know that my friends and I often visited the city, which was around 15 miles from where we lived. Over time, they built a huge public library, in a building which also contained restaurants and coffee shops.

I’m an introvert, and thrive in calm, peaceful environments. So, the library always gave me a feeling of contentment, and I was happy to relive that 🙂

Stay well ~

Sean

 

Library (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Always loved that place
full of old and musky tomes
borrowed as many comics
as I could carry home

Discovered it over summer
first one back from uni
that huge glass palace
the grand city library

 
The sun would set outside
as we sat down for coffee
knowledge all around us
in the centre of the city

Discovered it over summer
first one back from uni
that huge glass palace
the grand city library
As I stepped inside
only gentle sounds were heard
life began to soften
felt like a separate world

It was a magical feeling
for the short while I attended
reminded of the past,
memories of my childhood
Those walls became synonymous
with the feelings in my heart
about that special city
where life would finally start

 
Discovered it over summer
first one back from uni
that huge glass palace
the grand city library
As I stepped inside
only gentle sounds were heard
life began to soften
felt like a separate world