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 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 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 Fifty Five – ‘Jazz’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics were written about a strong feeling I had recently, evoked by the wonderful sound of jazz music. I’d finished my work a little early, and so I put on some jazz. I love the way it makes me feel; so calm, but imaginative, at the same time. On this particular occasion, I gazed out onto the balcony and imagined what was for me, a special scene.

Towards the end of the piece, I also reflect on the desire to make these imaginings a reality – often, I’m guilty of dreaming up a lot of amazing scenarios, but feel too fearful to take action, and make them happen.

I hope that you enjoy these words, and perhaps they can help you to reflect on your own hopes and wishes 🙂

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Jazz (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Heard the sounds of soft piano
accompanied by gentle strings
caused my mind to wander
imagined all manner of things

Purple coloured the skies
as you stood out on the balcony
light glistening in your eyes
realised what you meant to me

Somehow the slow sounds
paused the world around us
time came to a standstill
each second was momentous

 
Purple coloured the skies
as you stood out on the balcony
light glistening in your eyes
realised what you meant to me
Staring out into the sky
stood together in silence
interlocking hands
I was lost in that moment

 
I must be dreaming again
my eyes are moistening
reality’s grip is tough
each passing second tightening
But my life is my own
I don’t have any excuses
I can break out of my shell
stop being so reclusive

Purple coloured the skies
as you stood out on the balcony
light glistening in your eyes
realised what you meant to me
Staring out into the sky
stood together in silence
interlocking hands
I was lost in that moment

Lyrics Day Fifty Two – ‘Sincerity’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written about the defining quality of another of my best friends – sincerity. I could have also called the poem ‘assertive’, but I think sincerity carries with it a softer feeling. This friend always tell you exactly how they’re feeling, whether it’s good or bad. But, it’s never delivered in a negative way, just honestly. I really respected that, right from the start, and to be honest, as I’ve spoken about before, I wish that I could be more assertive. So, to be friends with somebody who says they how they feel simply because they have self-respect, it’s really my honour to know that person.

Stay well ~

Sean

 

Sincerity (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

The depth of your sincerity
was clear from the start
feelings out in the open
never held in your heart

I’ll always remember
sitting down for coffee
‘We’ll be friends for life’
is what you told me

Highlighted my strengths and flaws
as we sat at the station
always trying to help me
nothing left to the imagination

 
I’ll always remember
sitting down for coffee
‘We’ll be friends for life’
is what you told me
Always true to yourself
no matter who’s beside
one hundred percent sincere
to everything felt inside

Thanks to you
a friend more like family
inviting me out
never tired of my company
I never understood that
why you spent so much time with me
but honestly I know
you’d leave if you weren’t happy

I’ll always remember
sitting down for coffee
‘We’ll be friends for life’
is what you told me
Always true to yourself
no matter who’s beside
one hundred percent sincere
to everything felt inside

Lyrics Day Fifty One – ‘Best, Mysterious Girl’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are about another of my best friends, but I have to say, she still remains a mystery to me. I really care about this girl; honestly, when she’s around, or when I think of her, I can’t think of anything else. But, in truth, I’ve probably only formed a tiny dent in the armour that surrounds her. I could talk about this all day (but don’t worry, I won’t)! Instead, I hope the lyrics that I’ve written help you to reflect on relationships within your own lives.

Stay safe ~

Sean

Best, Mysterious Girl (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

From the moment I saw you
felt only captivation
but hidden within your eyes
sadness, and frustration

I was fooled by your smile
never noticed your pain
you called me your hero
but what did you gain?

 
Last week I almost felt like
somebody you loved
but when will you reply?
Probably not for months

I was fooled by your smile
never noticed your pain
you called me your hero
but what did you gain?
I wish you would trust me
go on, give it a whirl
still trying to understand
my best, mysterious girl

 
Some called it infatuation
but I knew it was love
every time I saw you
couldn’t help but think of
a way to ease your pain
to see that beautiful smile
help you to see the light
even for a short while

 
I was fooled by your smile
never noticed your pain
you called me your hero
but what did you gain?
I wish you would trust me
go on, give it a whirl
still trying to understand
my best, mysterious girl

 

Lyrics Day Forty Eight – ‘Loyalty’

Hey everyone,

I had an idea recently that I’d like to write about each of my best friends; not by name, but through describing their personalities. I liked the idea of doing it in this way, and perhaps if I look back and still enjoy what I’ve written, I can present these words to each of them as gifts, at some point 🙂

Stay safe ~

Sean

Loyalty (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Always taking time
to check in on me
loyal since we met
when we were sixteen

Honest to a fault
even when those faults are your own
but honestly I don’t see them
only how much you’ve grown

 
Out of all of my friends
you know me best
I knew from early on
my trust, I’d invest

Honest to a fault
even when those faults are your own
but honestly I don’t see them
only how much you’ve grown
Standing tall with a strong will
dignity always preserved
I hope that life gives you
everything you deserve

 
You lived just ten miles away
for those first sixteen years
and now a lifetime awaits us
both facing our fears
but you don’t have to worry
we’ll face them together
the tale of our friendship
will be inscribed forever

 
Honest to a fault
even when those faults are your own
but honestly I don’t see them
only how much you’ve grown
Standing tall with a strong will
dignity always preserved
I hope that life gives you
everything you deserve

Lyrics Day Forty Seven – ‘Green Light’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics are written with a small degree of humour, since ‘green light’ literally refers to the colour of the light that displays once I receive a message from a certain app. Have you ever felt that way? Looking at your phone, and waiting for a message, but then time seems to drift by endlessly as it never arrives? I wrote these lyrics yesterday, and I can look back on them and smile now, as the message did finally arrive – however, waiting certainly wasn’t a nice feeling!

Stay well ~

Sean

 

Green light (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Staring at my phone
waiting for the little green light
which signifies your message
ending my plight

Thought about it clearly
my exact reply
words from my heart
no more wondering why

 
You have so much work
always staying up late
take care of yourself
my message can wait

 
Thought about it clearly
my exact reply
words from my heart
no more wondering why
I have my response
the end is in sight
just waiting for you
to give me the green light

All of my doubt
so quickly absolved
whatever the ending
a sense of resolve
striding forwards
however far I get
I’ll tell you everything
no fear of regret

 
Thought about it clearly
my exact reply
words from my heart
no more wondering why
I have my response
the end is in sight
just waiting for you
to give me the green light

Lyrics Day Forty Two – ‘Patience’

Hey everyone,

today’s lyrics focus on the concept of patience. My thoughts on patience initially arose, as I write, from a conversation with my friend. Her studies were interrupted, and she was frustrated that so far, this year has felt like a waste. I can understand where she’s coming from – after all, I find it difficult to fill all of my time in a way which I would consider as productive, however, I do think that we can learn a lot from this time, and in that sense, I feel as if I’m using it well.

When I say that, you might imagine that I’ve achieved a lot physically, but that’s not true at all. Actually, I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the patient and philosophical mindset that I’ve adapted – to use the extra time to take on new projects (like these lyrics), and to learn more, about living a better life, and myself in general. I was speaking with my mum on the phone yesterday too, and whilst we agree that this is a very difficult situation, we were saying that the positives can be seen as an appreciation of healthcare workers, and for life in general.

Over the years, I’ve developed a real appreciation of patience, and, while like anyone else, I do get frustrated, I always try to remind myself to look at everything from a sort of overall perspective, rather than how you feel in that moment.

Stay well everyone ~

Sean

 

Patience (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Spoke with a friend today
said she’d wasted half her year
but waste is a misleading concept
I tried to make it clear

As I’ve gotten older
I’ve realised the value
of taking a step back
when assessing all that I do

How is time ever wasted
whilst living on this Earth?
Each second is a miracle
beginning from birth

As I’ve gotten older
I’ve realised the value
of taking a step back
when assessing all that I do
looking at the whole picture
seeing my potential is latent
all good thoughts seem to stem
from just a modicum of patience

 
To be calm and collected
focusing on patience
does not automatically
negate any grievance
Still when the mind
gives just one directive
a overarching philosophy
can enhance your perspective

As I’ve gotten older
I’ve realised the value
of taking a step back
when assessing all that I do
looking at the whole picture
seeing my potential is latent
all good thoughts seem to stem
from just a modicum of patience

Lyrics Day Forty One – ‘Happy Birthday’

Hey everyone,

as I wrote yesterday, I’ve been reading about the concept of identity, and realised that I have far less knowledge than I believed, regarding my own identity. Today is actually my Birthday, so whilst writing this, I was thinking about my resolution for this year – trying to understand myself better, and in doing so, achieving more of the confidence and assertiveness that I wish to develop.

 

Stay safe ~

Sean

 

Happy Birthday (Verse, Half Chorus, Verse, Chorus, Bridge, Chorus)

Another year older
not a great deal wiser
unsure of how to progress
so much dirt on my visor

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated

 
Things were supposed to be different
but my head’s still in the clouds
how to be confident and assertive?
Enveloped in an elusive shroud

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated
Let’s hope the next year
signals a new dawn
you tried your best
so Happy Birthday, Sean

 
It’s easy to feel defeated
when things don’t go your way
but the only true solution
comes with hard work, every day
Now I have 365 of those
so to myself I make a promise
this time next year I’ll be better
confident, assertive, and always honest

Being alive on this Earth
should always be celebrated
yet still on the fifteenth
I always feel deflated
Let’s hope the next year
signals a new dawn
you tried your best
so Happy Birthday, Sean