remember this …

when darkness falls
as thick as death
and all you see
is in your head

when ice surrounds
as cold as night
and all you feel
is frozen numb

when everything’s
impossible
and all you do
is just exist

remember this …

the light will come
hope will return
your heart will thaw
this will be won

your soul is strong
your mind is tough
you will emerge
transformed and bright

you’re not the dark
you’re not the ice
they are not you
be free, take flight


this isn’t everything you are
breathe deeply in the silence
no sudden moves
this isn’t everything you are
just take the hand that’s offered
and hold on tight
this isn’t everything you are
there’s joy not far from here
I know there is
this isn’t everything you are

Snow Patrol – This Isn’t Everything You Are

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Not giving in

This song has been stuck in my head today and has become a kind of mantra against the dark and gloomy mood I’m falling into … “this time I’m gonna be stronger, I’m not giving in”. As it was stuck in my head I went to YouTube to find it and discovered that it has a very inspiring and humbling video with it – sad but hopeful – 2 different choices made by these young lads with one ending up in joy with dancing but the other ending up dead on the street. Reminds me how lucky I am and how much I should fight against sinking into the darkness. Anyway, enough rambling on – please watch the video.

Beneath your Beautiful

Beneath your Beautiful – Labrinth, featuring Emeli Sande

This has been stuck in my head off and on for quite some time now, so it’s about time I put it on my blog. It is a beautiful song, which I can relate to…

And the words released:

You tell all the boys no
Makes you feel good, yeah
I know you’re out of my league
But that won’t scare me away, oh, no
You’ve carried on so long
You couldn’t stop if you tried it
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it
But I’m gonna try

Would you let me see beneath your beautiful
Would you let me see beneath your perfect
Take it off now girl, take it off now girl
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight

You let all the girls go
Makes you feel good, don’t it?
Behind your Broadway show
I heard a voice say please don’t hurt me
You’ve carried on so long
You couldn’t stop if you tried it
You’ve built your wall so high
That no one could climb it
But I’m gonna try

Would you let me see beneath your beautiful
Would you let me see beneath your perfect
Take it off now boy, take it off now boy
I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight
Oh, tonight

See beneath, see beneath,
I… Tonight
I…

I’m gonna climb on top your ivory tower
I’ll hold your hand and then we’ll jump right out
We’ll be falling, falling
But that’s okay
Cause I’ll be right here
I just wanna know

Would you let me see beneath your beautiful
Would you let me see beneath your perfect
Take it off now girl, take it off now girl
Cause I wanna see inside
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight
Tonight, see beneath your beautiful
Oh tonight, we ain’t perfect, we ain’t perfect
Would you let me see beneath your beautiful tonight

Bring me to life

without you
fall
into darkness

without you
I am
no thing

save me

bring me to life

Come What May

Ewan McGregor and Nicole Kidman – Come What May, from Moulin Rouge

Possibly one of the most tragically romantic musical moments ever in films … well films that I’ve seen anyway (she dies … shhhh). Love this.

The words released …

Never knew I could feel like this
Like I’ve never seen the sky before
I want to vanish inside your kiss
Every day I love you more and more

Suddenly the world seems such a perfect place
Suddenly it moves with such a perfect grace
Suddenly my life doesn’t seem such a waste
It all revolves around you

And there’s no mountain too high
No river too wide
Sing out this song and I’ll be there by your side
Storm clouds may gather
And stars may collide
But I love you, I love you
I love you until the end of time

Come what may
Come what may
I will love you until my dying day

Flaws

Flaws – Bastille

This song came on the radio and I just stopped. Well not literally as I was driving, but my mind and soul and heart stopped. This is so close to what I want to say. They stole my words. The only thing missing is that after picking ourselves undone, we will restitch ourselves together, and fill the holes in each-other’s souls. Flaws not removed, but lovingly known and named, and accepted.

And, of course, the words released:

When all of your flaws and all of my flaws
Are laid out one by one
A wonderful part of the mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone

All of your flaws and all of my flaws
They lie there hand in hand
Ones we’ve inherited, ones that we learned
They pass from man to man

There’s a hole in my soul
I can’t fill it I can’t fill it
There’s a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up, let’s finish what we’ve started
Dig them up, so nothing’s left unturned

All of your flaws and all of my flaws,
When they have been exhumed
We’ll see that we need them to be who we are
Without them we’d be doomed

There’s a hole in my soul
I can’t fill it I can’t fill it
There’s a hole in my soul
Can you fill it? Can you fill it?

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up, let’s finish what we’ve started
Dig them up, so nothing’s left unturned

Oooooh
Oooooh

When all of your flaws
And all of my flaws are counted
When all of your flaws
And all of my flaws are counted

You have always worn your flaws upon your sleeve
And I have always buried them deep beneath the ground
Dig them up, Let’s finish what we’ve started
Dig them up, So nothing’s left unturned

Oooooh
Oooooh

All of your flaws and all of my flaws
Are laid out one by one
Look at the wonderful mess that we made
We pick ourselves undone

Musical Romance

I will break out of my usual poetic posting temporarily as I want to share 2 songs that I am loving at the moment, both of which are recently new to me and have been discovered via you lovely bloggers.

Firstly and most importantly is this one … Every Part of Me – Steve Earle. I was introduced to this by a certain special someone you may know – the lovely Bruce aka the Brain Jar. This song is absolutely beautiful. I will say no more, but you probably already get the picture from our poems.

And secondly is this one … Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros – Home. I was introduced to this by the one and only Le Clown, so you probably all saw this before on his blog. It makes me smile and dance, and is such a lovely thought “home is wherever there is you”.

Between these two songs, I become a smiling mushy romantic mess. Hope you enjoy them too.

Poetry in Music – If Ever I Stray

If Ever I Stray – Frank Turner

Really like this song and love the video, makes me smile 🙂 Enjoy!

The words released …

Forgive me someone, for I have sinned
And I know not where I should begin
Some days it feels like you just can’t win
No matter what you do or say.

Things didn’t kill me but I don’t feel stronger
Life is short but it feels much longer
You’ve lost that drive, you’ve lost that hunger
To pull yourself through the day.

But if ever I stray from the path I follow
Take me down to the English Channel
Throw me in where the water is shallow
And then drag me on back to shore!

‘Cos love is free and life is cheap
As long as I’ve got me a place to sleep
Clothes on my back and some food to eat
I can’t ask for anything more

Come on everybody sing it 1, 2, 3, 4

We’ve all got secrets that we hold inside
The worst little things that we try and defy
The worst one of all that you never can hide
Is that you’re never quite as strong as you sound
So I’m sorry baby, for the times I’ve hurt you
Sorry friends, for the times I desert you
Most days it feels like I don’t deserve you
No wonder that you’re all still around

But if ever I stray from the path I follow
Take me down to the English Channel
Throw me in where the water is shallow
And then drag me on back to shore!

‘Cos love is free and life is cheap
As long as I’ve got me a place to sleep
Clothes on my back and some food to eat
I can’t ask for anything more

Come on everybody sing it 1, 2, 3, 4

Come on and join me in the water
Swim for hope
Sometimes it’s hard to remember
I couldn’t do this on my own

If ever I stray from the path I follow
Take me down to the English Channel
Throw me in where the water is shallow
And then drag me on back to shore!

‘Cos love is free and life is cheap
As long as I’ve got me a place to sleep
Clothes on my back and some food to eat
I can’t ask for anything more

I can’t ask for anything more

The path I chose isn’t straight and narrow
It wanders ’round like a drunken fellow
Some days it’s hard for me to follow
But if you’ve got my back I’ll go on.
If you’ve got my back I’ll go on.

Blue Girl Sings …

This means a lot to me so please don’t laugh. My voice is not great but I felt strongly I wanted to have a go at singing Hallelujah. I’m not quite sure why I did this, but I felt compelled! It got hard towards the end but I kept going. So here it is – listen at your peril!

I am now slightly worried about copyright and stuff … will I get into trouble for singing this and putting in on my blog?!

Poetry in Music – Hallelujah

This gives me goosebumps, and makes me cry, and has started a bit of a love affair with Leonard Cohen. I am sad that I only just found him! All the other versions of this song that came afterwards have now paled into insignificance for me.

Thanks to Susan for posting this on FB.

And the words released:

Leonard Cohen – Hallelujah
(Words typed up from this live version which may not be precisely the same as recorded versions)

I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played and it pleased the lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you
It goes like this the fourth, the fifth
The minor fall, the major lift
The baffled king composing hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Your faith was strong but you needed proof
You saw her bathing on the roof
Her beauty and the moonlight overthrew you
She tied you to her kitchen chair
And she broke your throne and she cut your hair
And from your lips she drew the hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Now, maybe there’s a god above
As for me, all I ever learned from love
Was how to shoot at someone who outdrew you
But it’s not a cry that you hear tonight
It’s not some pilgrim who claims to have seen the light
No, it’s a cold and it’s a very broken hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Oh people I’ve been here before
I know this room and I’ve walked this floor
You see, I used to live alone before I knew you
And I’ve seen your flag on the marble arch
But this love, it is not some kind of victory march
No, It’s a cold and it’s a very lonely hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

There was a time you let me know
What’s really going on below
But now, now you never even show it to me do you
I remember when I moved in you
And the holy dove, she was moving too
And every single breath that we drew was hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

I’ve done my best, I know it wasn’t much
I couldn’t feel, so I learned to touch
I’ve told the truth, I didn’t come here to London just to fool you
And even though
It all went wrong
I’ll stand before the Lord of Song
With nothing, nothing on my tongue but Hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Hallelujah, hallelujah
Hallelujah, hallelujah

Poetry in Music – Handwritten

Loving this song – especially this bit:

Here in the dark, I cherish the moonlight
I’m in love with the way you’re in love with the night
And it travels from heart to limb to pen

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten

from heart
to limb
to pen

Sums up poetry really doesn’t it?

The Gaslight Anthem – Handwritten (Official Music Video) from Kevin Slack on Vimeo.