Carpe Lyric! Seize the Song!

March 29, 2017 § 1 Comment

I suspect it is safe to say that no two writers (whether they be novelists, poets, songwriters, etc.) take exactly the same approach to writing. Heck, even I don’t always take the same approach.

There are times when I will sit down, pen and pad in hand, and deliberately set out to write a song. Sometimes, that approach is successful. Often, it is not.

At other times, I just open myself up to the opportunity and wait for a line or two (sometimes more) to come to me. Then I am able to enter into that writing space, and the words flow.

The other day, one of my Facebook friends, a fellow songwriter (even though I’ve been writing for years, it seems strange to call myself that somehow) was talking about getting a melody and lyrics while he was in the shower.

I replied that things like that often happen to me. I’ll get a line or two while I’m in the shower. I’ve also had songs come to me while in the act of washing dishes.

Perhaps with tongue-in-cheek, he suggested that next time I try writing with dish soap on a paper towel. I haven’t tried that (yet), but the suggestion brought forth an image of words disappearing from the page, washing away, if you will.

That gave me the first line, and the rest followed from there.

When The Words

When the words all wash away
All that’s left is what we feel
When the words no longer matter
It’s the feelings that are real

When the words have all dried up
We can still speak with our eyes
Though our words may sound sincere
We can still see through the lies

Love isn’t found within a phrase
Sometimes what we hear is what we hope
Love is found in how we spend our days
Sight can show us both ends of the rope

(Instrumental)

Sometimes what we say and what we think
Are different things
But I believe that feelings never die
Nothing rings as true
As the heart that beats in you
That’s what feeds the feelings till we die

When the words all go to dust
Who’ll remember what was said
Better, then, to share a touch
And make sure the heart is fed

Love isn’t found within a phrase
Sometimes what we hear is what we hope
Love is found in how we spend our days
Sight can show us both ends of the rope

When the words all wash away
All that’s left is what we feel

© 2017 Walt Huntsman. All rights reserved.

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