Everybody’s Talking At Me

January 17, 2017 § Leave a comment

The title to this post is taken from the Harry Nilsson hit, “Everybody’s Talkin’” (actually written by Fred Neil), featured in the film “Midnight Cowboy.”

Recently, there has been a great deal of coverage, debate, and discussion about the content and proclivity with which our next President takes to Twitter to comment on whatever has gotten under his skin on that particular day (or in that particular hour). This post has no intention to go into that except to cite is as a possible unconscious influence or inspiration for today’s lyrical entry.

I recently attended a concert by a very talented local singer-songwriter by the name of David Andrews. As I am usually want to do when I go to such musical events, I took along a notebook in case the muse decided to visit while I was listening. And she did.

I started writing lyrics for three songs while at that event (two are still in the very infant stage). I managed to finished an initial version of the lyrics for one.

While I wasn’t consciously thinking about the events of the weeks since the election, that may have influence me. That, or the fact that some people a table over wouldn’t stop talking while the music was playing. Regardless, this is what came out.

Just Shut Up

I know you’ve always got something on your mind
Never at a loss for words
Tell me, do you ever stop and think
About what you’re gonna say
I know you think you’ve got a point of view
That everybody needs to hear
But there’s a time to just sit back and listen
When words get in the way

There’s a time to talk, a time to act
A time to listen, that’s a natural fact
There’s a time to think, a time to feel
A time when silence is the only thing that’s real

So just shut up, don’t say a word
Sometime, the sound of nothing is what needs to be heard
Saying the wrong thing at the time
Turns out to be the greater crime
Next time, think before you speak
Then just shut up

I know you think you know the answers
Before the question’s even asked
Are you prepared to face the consequence
If it turns out that you were wrong
Your opinion, the only one that counts
So you shout it, loud and clear
But there are times when silence says much more
And the message comes through strong

There’s a time to speak, a time to do
A time to hear the message coming through
There’s a time to reflect, not just react
When silence is a signal you’re willing to hold back

So just shut up, don’t say a word
Sometime, the sound of nothing is what needs to be heard
Saying the wrong thing at the time
Turns out to be the greater crime
Next time, think before you speak
Then just shut up

Do us all a favor and just shut up

© 2017 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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