I have just been reading part of Gillie Bolton’s Writers Key and it mentions about writing about lyrics from songs that stick in your head.  I keep getting random lines pop into my head which I will add later.  One of the songs I like the most is Reflection from Mulan.  I am hard of hearing so never catch the lyrics, but always feel the song is speaking to me and I have just looked at the lyrics and they are very much how I feel at times.

Look at me 

You may think you see 
Who I really am 
But you’ll never know me 
Every day 
It’s as if I play a part 
Now I see 
If I wear a mask 
I can fool the world 
But I cannot fool my heart 

Who is that girl I see 

Staring straight back at me? 

When will my reflection show 

Who I am inside? 

I am now 

In a world where I 

Have to hide my heart 

And what I believe in 

But somehow 

I will show the world 

What’s inside my heart 

And be loved for who I am 

Who is that girl I see 

Staring straight back at me? 

Why is my reflection 

Someone I don’t know? 

Must I pretend that I’m 

Someone else for all time? 

When will my reflection show 

Who I am inside? 

There’s a heart that must be 

Free to fly 

That burns with a need to know 

The reason why 

Why must we all conceal 

What we think, how we feel? 

Must there be a secret me 

I’m forced to hide? 

I won’t pretend that I’m 

Someone else for all time 

When will my reflection show 

Who I am inside? 

When will my reflection show 

Who I am inside?

Taken from azlyrics
Another very powerful song is REM, Everybody Hurts again the lyrics echo my feelings
When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life, well hang on

Everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don’t throw your hand, oh no

Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
Everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes

So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts

I often get random lines in my head like “Didn’t we almost have it all” Whitney Houston, “If my best isn’t good enough” Wham, “I am sailing stormy waters to be near you to be free” Rod Stewart.  I could not get the line of a hymn out of my head the other week, but now I can’t remember what it was, it felt significant at the time.

One that does go round in my head quite a bit is Dear Lord and Father of Mankind

Dear Lord and Father of mankind,
Forgive our foolish ways!
Reclothe us in our rightful mind,
In purer lives Thy service find,
In deeper reverence, praise.
In simple trust like theirs who heard
Beside the Syrian sea
The gracious calling of the Lord,
Let us, like them, without a word
Rise up and follow Thee.
O Sabbath rest by Galilee!
O calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee
The silence of eternity
Interpreted by love!
With that deep hush subduing all
Our words and works that drown
The tender whisper of Thy call,
As noiseless let Thy blessing fall
As fell Thy manna down.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
Till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
And let our ordered lives confess
The beauty of Thy peace.
Breathe through the heats of our desire
Thy coolness and Thy balm;
Let sense be dumb, let flesh retire;
Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire,
O still, small voice of calm
I am not a particularly religious person, but some hymns seem particularly powerful.

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