‘I walked out this morning and I wrote down this song,
I just can’t remember who to send it to’
From the song ‘Fire & Rain’ by James Taylor, 1970
When writing lyrics for acoustic songs it’s sometimes easy to get stuck for words that fit the melody or vice versa. A bit like trying to put a small t-shirt on an XXL frame. Besides, I’m not a natural poet. When this happens, my fall-back position comes from when I spent a couple of years studying decades of lyrics written by great songwriters. Of all the ‘fall back positions’ I found/read, the two lines above work best for me. To me they tell a story as well as influence a creative a mood. Simple genius, often inspiring.
Anyhow, back in December 2016 I posted my song, ‘Just a Shadow on a Wall’ from my concept album ‘Liquid Truth’. The ‘concept’ of that album was my take on Plato’s ‘Allegory of The Cave’. When I posted it back then I didn’t include the lyric. Now I’m posting the words written raw before they became a song – before the music arrived. I remember it was the key track to the album in terms of developing songs to fit the allegory. Maybe read ‘raw’ it’s not a poem, just my words.
JUST A SHADOW ON A WALL
You draw a line; a line in the dirt
I ask you what it’s for
You tell me I can cross it
You should have told me more
You tell me that; you tell that it’s time
For you to set me free
Unshackled from these chains
I might find my destiny
Nothing is so precious
That it cannot be undone
By word or by the dagger
Or a step towards the sun
You tell me you; you tell me you got bored
With the game that we play
That you want for me to move on
You’d be grateful anyway
I ask you if; I ask you if you’ll grant me
Just one final wish
Just the one final wish
‘Can the dancer travel with me?’
You take some time out thinking
Then you treat me like a fool
You laugh as you remind me
She’s just a shadow on a wall
…A shadow on the wall
Whatever, here’s one of my older numbers that I haven’t posted for an age and a day. It’s about a subject close to my heart, namely the way mankind is treating our Planet Earth. It’s called ‘Red Planet’. I hope you enjoy and by the way, the links to my two latest albums are on the side of this page if you’re interested in listening or buying – just click on the pics. Have a good week, Zoolon aka George.
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