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 Seven – ‘Normality 2.0’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics have nothing to do with yesterdays, despite having similar titles. Actually, I just got to thinking of the meaning of the word ‘normal’, and how it can be so abstract and subjective – essentially, normality changes for everybody, based on their circumstances. And, whilst we can engage in routines, every single person is unique, so there’s no way of expressing what ‘normal’ is. In that sense, the word almost seems meaningless. Anyway, here are some thoughts on normality.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Normality 2 (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

What is normality?
Asked myself that question
the answer of course
depends on your perception

 
In every single person
their experience is unique
so ‘normality’ as a term
is nothing but oblique

Even a shared moment
is experienced differently
two sets of eyes
perceptions shaped by their history

 
In every single person
their experience is unique
so ‘normality’ as a term
is nothing but oblique
Routines can be established
loved ones become a constant
but naming something ‘normal’
makes it less poignant

I’ve lived beside friends
for years at University
from the second our eyes opened
our paths altered drastically
the same pavement led
from building to building
but perspectives differ
the definition needs rekindling

 
In every single person
their experience is unique
so ‘normality’ as a term
is nothing but oblique
Routines can be established
loved ones become a constant
but naming something ‘normal’
makes it less poignant

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 Four – ‘Future’

Hey everyone,

in relation to working towards my purpose, I wrote these lyrics in frustration at the difficulties that people experience in this world, and my hopes on changing it. I think I spoke about it in a previous entry, but so many people seem to endure unnecessary suffering, by which I mean, suffering that could be avoided. Of course, everybody will suffer, through the loss of loved ones, or relationship breakdowns, but there exists so much pain, and I believe the underlying causes behind this pain could be eradicated.

I was thinking about how I could change things, and for me, the best path seems to be a position in Government, though I will finish my studies to become a therapist, no matter what path I take in the future.

I guess the only thing left to say is, ‘Vote for me!’ šŸ˜‰

Stay safe ~

Sean

Future (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

There are so many people
experiencing unnecessary suffering
so many in power
promising much, seemingly bluffing

On every single corner
streets are littered with doubt
citizens with their heads down
spending another day without

 
Let’s start with education
and teach a love of learning
and build centres for the homeless
skills and dignity, they’re earning

 
On every single corner
streets are littered with doubt
citizens with their heads down
spending another day without
hope, love and meaning
that comes from self-belief
I’ll help every single one of them
unleash the potential beneath

 
So many problems
in this troubled world
I don’t know how
but when I’m 100 years old
I’ll look back on my life
and know I tried my best
to create a bright future
everything I imagined, nothing less

 
On every single corner
streets are littered with doubt
citizens with their heads down
spending another day without
hope, love and meaning
that comes from self-belief
I’ll help every single one of them
unleash the potential beneath

Lyrics Day Seventy Three – ‘Well Done’

Hey everyone,

I think these lyrics explain their meaning pretty clearly, so I won’t provide an explanation today – I’ll just again highlight the value of writing out my thoughts every day, which has been a cathartic experience.

Stay well ~

Sean

Well Done (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Saw something in a drama
that strongly resonated
the lady was alone
tired, low and deflated

Every time she made it
through another day
she’d pat herself on the back
‘Good job, Kang Dan-i’

 
Nobody was there for her
but she put on a show
pretended she was happy
and had places to go

Every time she made it
through another day
she’d pat herself on the back
‘Good job, Kang Dan-i’
I’ve gotten into the habit
of tapping my own shoulder
seems to be less people around
as I’ve gotten older

As the story progressed
she had someone watching over her
no need to raise her arm
and tap her own shoulder
I have several friends
calling on the phone
but what’s always strange
is I still feel alone

Every time she made it
through another day
she’d pat herself on the back
‘Good job, Kang Dan-i’
I’ve gotten into the habit
of tapping my own shoulder
seems to be less people around
as I’ve gotten older

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 Sixty Eight – ‘How’ve you been?’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are focused on the regret I have, after losing a friend several years ago. I felt that he made a mistake, and because of my stubbornness, we haven’t spoken properly since. I just thought about it again recently, and writing these lyrics helped me to reflect on my feelings.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

How’ve you been? (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

How have you been
since we last spoke?
It’s been at least a year
there’s a lump in my throat

I’ve missing from the pictures
you’ve taken over these years
I think it’s all my fault
now I’m alone, as I feared

 
You’ve built your own home
and have your own family
our paths seem so different
as far away as they could be

I’ve missing from the pictures
you’ve taken over these years
I think it’s all my fault
now I’m alone, as I feared
Just wanted to say I’m sorry
even if it’s not in person
so how have you been?
I hope you’re not still hurting

Could we go back?
I’m not sure I deserve it
no longer the friend you knew
a totally different person
lacking in self-confidence
perhaps you’re the reason why
I feel shame and regret
to myself, I had to lie

I’ve missing from the pictures
you’ve taken over these years
I think it’s all my fault
now I’m alone, as I feared
Just wanted to say I’m sorry
even if it’s not in person
so how have you been?
I hope you’re not still hurting

Lyrics Day Sixty Seven – ‘New Threads’

Hey everyone,

today I found myself at work, thinking: “What am I wearing?! Is this how I’d like to present myself?”

In my defence, my clothes were clean and tidy, and I didn’t put them on without any thought to how I’d look, but the realisation hit me as I looked in the mirror. So, this evening, I’m going to go through my entire wardrobe and throw away/donate anything that I no longer wear, or don’t like. This is a pretty normal thing for most of us to do every once in a while, but it also relates to some profound thinking that I’ve had recently, in which I realised that the intention given to each decision can bring with it meaningful change.

In the example of clothes, the decision to spend some money on myself, and improve my image, can help to bring about lasting change, not only for the obvious reasons, but also because of theĀ intentionĀ to put effort into a decision, and take care of myself. I mentioned it on a previous post quite recently, but I feel like the intention with which we live our lives is just as important as the end result of our pursuits, and the intention to care for myself in this way, could help to have larger implications in life, leading to self-care inĀ  different aspects, and improving my confidence.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

New Threads (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Clearing out my clothes
throwing things away
it’s much more important
than some momentary phase

Deeper consequences arise
from each decision we make
it all begins with us
deciding to partake

 
Tonight’s organisation
isn’t just about new jeans
a new attitude, a different path
I’m sewing the seams

Deeper consequences arise
from each decision we make
it all begins with us
deciding to partake
in every part of life
not turning away in dread
I’ll begin to treasure myself
and start with some new threads

Stitching together my dreams
one thread at a time
one day I’ll become
the person in my mind
it may seem trivial
to start on the outside
but I realised the details
are the way to turn the tide

 
Deeper consequences arise
from each decision we make
it all begins with us
deciding to partake
in every part of life
not turning away in dread
I’ll begin to treasure myself
and start with some new threads

 

 

Lyrics Day Sixty Six – ‘April 15th’

Hey everyone,

if you’ve subscribed to this blog, or just happened to have read some of my previous lyrics, you’ll know that there’s a girl that I’ve cared for deeply, ever since I met her at University several years ago. She lives in a different country, and even though I’m able to get hold of her anytime through a messaging app, she doesn’t have a lot of free time. Still, I have fond memories of those days, and my feelings are clear, even now. Honestly, I don’t think she feels the same way, and there’s probably no chance of us ever being together, but to date, nobody has ever made me feel the way that she did.

As I say, there’s a high chance that nothing with come of this, but anytime that she does message me, I feel that same way all over again, and it’s been amazing to experience that, no matter what happens. Last night, I checked over our old messages, over the time when I first remember feeling that way, and it turns out it was April 15th šŸ™‚

Stay safe ~

Sean

April 15th (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Searching for the beginning
of my own love story
checked through the annals
of our message history

We’d met before in person
but on that night
university was closed
you needed my help online

Usually I’m good with words
but it’s hard to describe it
the feeling on that day
eagerly waiting, light on the inside

 
We’d met before in person
but on that night
university was closed
you needed my help online
I’m so thankful you did
we spoke about our dreams
knew then that I cared for you
it was April Fifteenth

Last night I looked again
through all of those messages
of our time at University
the last vestiges
So lucky to still know you
though now your contact is rare
remembering April fifteenth
for you, I’ll always be there

We’d met before in person
but on that night
university was closed
you needed my help online
I’m so thankful you did
we spoke about our dreams
knew then that I cared for you
it was April Fifteenth

Lyrics Day Sixty Five – ‘Training’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are focused on a topic which I’ve been thinking about recently – namely, the decisions we make every day, and what a big impact these can have on our mindset, and life overall. Whilst I feel like I’m a productive person, sometimes with small decisions, I delay them, thinking that they’re not so important. For example, I’ll stick to the same number of press-ups, or I’ll continue watching a drama, rather than reading another chapter in a self-help book.

The two examples there would benefit me, there’s no doubt, but it’s also the impact that those decisions on how to spend your time affect your mindset positively, that I wanted to convey. I’m not sure if I’ve done that so well in these lyrics, but I think the mere act of making a decision to do something beneficial, is in itself massively important, because it conveys a sense of purpose, a sense of determination which can then cause you to act that way in other areas of your life. I’ve never actually read any specific literature on what I’ve said there, but I’ve felt it in my every day life, and so with that knowledge, I plan to treat each day as a new lesson, and pay more attention to the details.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Training (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Whether it’s going out to exercise
or starting a new book
your intention is the key
in providing a new outlook

No matter how dark it gets
declare yourself absolved
take some time to focus
and strengthen your resolve

When seeking improvement
small decisions are intrinsic
to shaping your future
and overall mindset

 
No matter how dark it gets
declare yourself absolved
take some time to focus
and strengthen your resolve
Concentrate on life
the knowledge that you’re gaining
realise that each day
is another form of training

 
Breaking free of this cycle
demanded introspection
looking deeply at myself
finding a connection
found hope in my purpose
understanding motivation
that every single day
I can delay gratification

No matter how dark it gets
declare yourself absolved
take some time to focus
and strengthen your resolve
Concentrate on life
the knowledge that you’re gaining
realise that each day
is another form of training