Advancing Lyrically Into April

April 1, 2015 § Leave a comment

It’s the start of a new month and the continuation of a recent writing spree. I’ve been very prolific, lyrically speaking, over the last week or so, writing lyrics for seven new songs and starting the lyrics for three others.

Obviously, writing at such a pace as I have recently ensures that there will be clunkers in the bunch. Still, I feel I’m writing better than at any other time in my life, and I think the prodigious output is helping me to hone whatever ability I might have.

This latest effort wasn’t really inspired by any specific event, by anything I’ve recently read, or by any specific conversation. The opening phrase just sort of came to me, and the lyrics took off from there. It was all very organic, if you will, almost stream of consciousness, which is actually how a lot of my songs comes together.

The chorus was, I think, influenced somewhat by a book I recently read, “God’s Message to the World: You’ve Got Me All Wrong,” by Neale Donald Walsch. The title, I later realized, was a bit of a play on the title of an old Carpenters hit.

I’ve Only Begun

Sometimes, I can’t find the words
To say what I mean
Or mean what I say –

Sometimes, it’s hard to be heard
Above all the noise
That gets in the way
Of finding the truth –

Exposing the lies –
Of seeing what’s hidden –
Behind the disguise –

And if I have to answer
For all that I’ve done –
I’ll just smile and say
“Excuse me, I’ve only begun” –

Sometimes, it’s hard to decide
Which way I should turn
Or where I should go –

Sometimes, it’s hard to be sure
Of just what is right
How will I know
If I was correct –
Or made a mistake –
If I touched a heart –
Or caused one to break –

And if I have to answer
For all that I’ve done –
I’ll just smile and say
“Excuse me, I’ve only begun” –

Sometimes, I wonder
If this is worth all the pain
Trying somehow to get it right
So many notions
Keep colliding in my brain
They make it hard to sleep at night

Sometimes, I think I should stop
And be satisfied
With where I am at –

Something keeps pushing me on
In search of a dream
That won’t leave me flat
Or out in the cold –
Or out in the rain –
Though trying to reach it
Might drive me insane –

And if I have to answer
For all that I’ve done –
I’ll just smile and say
“Excuse me, I’ve only begun” –

© 2015 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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