Inspiring Me Now

  • "The Purpose of Life is to Be Happy" Dalai Lama

January 27, 2013


Anyone who really knows me, knows that when I truly love a song, it's because of the lyrics. Lyrics are the heart in the body of a song. To this day, one of the best gifts I ever received was a mix cd from a guy I was semi-dating. It was like something straight out of High-Fidelity. It had a beginning, middle and end. When I listened to it for the first time I literally laughed and cried.

I will admit, mid breakup = the WORST time to listen to music. Adele, T-Swift and Colbie have been dominating my playlists. Also making several appearances: "On My Own" by Samantha Barks from Les Miserables. Listen to it, then picture me driving down 394 belting it out. It's a sight to behold, I'm quite sure.

Anyway, when I journaled, like actually put a pen to paper and wrote (this was years ago) I used to include the lyrics to songs I felt were poignant at the time. I recently came across one of my old journals. Reading through the songs I had written  was like being transported straight back to 2003. It was awesome! I felt like I was experiencing the same emotions I felt 10 years ago.

So, in the spirit of the good old times, of days gone past, here are the two I currently can't turn off. And who knows, maybe next week it will be "Irreplaceable" by Beyonce

"On My Own" - Samantha Banks (from Les Miserables)

On my own
Pretending he's beside me
All alone
I walk with him till morning
Without him
I feel his arms around me
And when I lose my way I close my eyes
And he has found me

In the rain the pavement shines like silver
All the lights are misty in the river
In the darkness, the trees are full of starlight
And all I see is him and me forever and forever
And I know it's only in my mind
That I'm talking to myself and not to him
And although I know that he is blind
Still I say, there's a way for us

I love him
But when the night is over
He is gone
The river's just a river
Without him
The world around me changes
The trees are bare and everywhere
The streets are full of strangers

I love him
But every day I'm learning
All my life
I've only been pretending
Without me
His world would go on turning
A world that's full of happiness
That I have never known

I love him
I love him
I love him
But only on my own

"Goodbye My Lover" - James Blunt

Did I disappoint you or let you down?
Should I be feeling guilty or let the judges frown?

‘Cause I saw the end before we’d begun,
Yes I saw you were blinded and I knew I had won.

So I took what’s mine by eternal right.
Took your soul out into the night.
It may be over but it won’t stop there,
I am here for you if you’d only care.

You touched my heart you touched my soul.
You changed my life and all my goals.
And love is blind and that I knew when,
My heart was blinded by you.

I’ve kissed your lips and held your head.
Shared your dreams and shared your bed.
I know you well, I know your smell.
I’ve been addicted to you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.

You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I am a dreamer but when I wake,
You can’t break my spirit – it’s my dreams you take.

And as you move on, remember me,
Remember us and all we used to be

I’ve seen you cry, I’ve seen you smile.
I’ve watched you sleeping for a while.
I’d be the father of your child.
I’d spend a lifetime with you.

I know your fears and you know mine.
We’ve had our doubts but now we’re fine,
And I love you, I swear that’s true.
I cannot live without you.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.

You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
And I still hold your hand in mine.
In mine when I’m asleep.

And I will bear my soul in time,
When I’m kneeling at your feet.

Goodbye my lover.
Goodbye my friend.

You have been the one.
You have been the one for me.
I’m so hollow, baby, I’m so hollow.
I’m so, I’m so, I’m so hollow.

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