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I had a burst of song inspiration last night, so I just let it flow onto paper. Okay, that makes song writing sound so easy, but for it to flow like it did is actually a rare event for me which happens maybe once every two or three months. 😆 Anyway, I thought it would be cool to share with you some of the lyrics that I wrote to give you a glimpse of how I write songs.
Usually how I start out writing a song is by writing down anything that comes to mind. It’s kind of like a vent for me or a rant. Similar to when I write in my diary. I just fill pages in a tiny notebook with my thoughts. At the time it’s usually all over the place, but it makes more sense when I’ve captured it on the page at least. That’s when I unscramble the words and add a melody to it.
I’ve never shared any of the songs that I’ve written on this blog, and I’m not ready to. I don’t know if I ever will either. But strangely enough, I don’t have any reservations about sharing this with you. Maybe because it feels more poetic than usual and not just a jumble of words. And also because I don’t have to sing it to you, which makes it less embarrassing. 😉
But here it is anyway. I haven’t edited it yet, so it’s a little patchy, but aren’t all first drafts? 😛 Also, I’ll leave it up to your interpretation. Sometimes I think it’s better if the lyrics aren’t explained because it can have a different significance to each person. 💙
I wished to go back to this place that once shone and sparkled.
It was the place I felt the most at home.
But that was very long ago.
Now that I’m back everything has changed so completely.
What once felt bold and grand looks old and frail,
Like it could be ground into sand.
What once felt strong and sweet
Now looks rotting and weak.
Has this place really changed that much?
Or has my vision changed?
I’ve wanted to return here ever since I left.
But now that I’m back I wonder if this was a terrible mistake.
I thought coming back was the best thing.
But now when I think of this time
The memory will be sullied with what I’m seeing now.
Is it better to always wonder
Or to see it in a different light?
I don’t want either of these things,
But they are things I can’t change now.
I can stand where I once stood,
But it’s not the same place, not really.
Because you’re not here with me.
It’s a different time.
Does it really count as the same place
If it’s without you?
It was a moment.
No one can recreate it.
I can try, but I’m only seeing a different moment.
Maybe I had it all wrong.
All this time I tried to find my way back to this place.
But there’s no going back, not really.
Maybe all this time I should have been focusing on new moments.
I thought I didn’t like where I am now in life.
But in ten years’ time, maybe I’ll think fondly of this place.
It wasn’t about what I thought it was all along.
So I guess I’ll find a new moment.
I feel like the moment that I treasured and wanted to return to
Is somewhat spoilt by my visiting this place.
But I’ll try hard to keep the memory intact.
Because that’s what matters really in the end.
Okay, I know I said I’ll leave it up to your interpretation, but I just want to clarify that I am happy where I am in life at the moment. Some of this is drawn from my current thoughts, and some of this from my previous experiences. Just wanted to clarify that, haha. 🙃
What kind of things do you like to write? If you write songs, what is your process?