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 Six – ‘Normality’

Hey everyone,

I started these daily lyrics as a way to gain something positive from this pandemic that we’re all involved in, and in doing so, I’ve tried to stay away from any issues related to the pandemic itself. I’m sorry that today, the lyrics are related. My friend and I had a conversation recently, and it was on my mind.

I’m not sure where you’re all reading this blog from, but in the UK, we’re starting to ease restrictions, and allowing non-essential shops to open. My friend argued that this was a positive thing, in order to bolster the economy, and therefore the NHS. He also mentioned that it was positive for people’s mental health, which again is a good point.

However, I still feel that this ease of restrictions is coming too soon. I’d be happy to be proved wrong, but I can’t help feeling that we’re putting more lives at risk by doing so. My thinking is extremely black and white, it always has been, but as I said to him, if these easing restrictions result in even the loss of one more life, that’s forever, and irreversible, and I can’t accept it.

My point in writing this post is not to go against the Government, or anything like that – I believe they’re doing the best they can for people, but as an individual at least, I’m going to continue living as if we were in the previous phase of lock-down. As I said at the start of this blog, we’re all in this together, and if you feel that I can support you in any way, then please let me know.

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

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

Had a conversation with a friend
when to return to normality
it seems like people’s lives
are put beneath the economy

He made reasoned points
but I just couldn’t listen
amongst the talk of economic priority
my eyes began to glisten

 
‘They’re one and the same,
the economy will strengthen the NHS’
but I couldn’t risk a single life
what’s irreversible is death

He made reasoned points
but I just couldn’t listen
amongst the talk of economic priority
my eyes began to glisten
it’s an unmistakable fact
my thinking is just black and white
but above livelihood
I’ll always treasure life

 
Perhaps he’s correct
best choice in a bad situation
only time will tell
but I’ll still live in isolation
Our conversation was amicable
and what will dictate the future
in this era of disagreements
is the spirit to stick together

 
He made reasoned points
but I just couldn’t listen
amongst the talk of economic priority
my eyes began to glisten
it’s an unmistakable fact
my thinking is just black and white
but above livelihood
I’ll always treasure life