#SongLyricSunday ♪ “Not My Time” – 3 Doors Down & “Castle of Glass” – Linkin Park

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I was too busy stuffing my face with corn beef, cabbage, taters, carrots, biscuits and brownies last weekend to remember to schedule my post, so I’m making up for it today. My bad, it was my sister’s birthday dinner and I was distracted with all the good eats and family fun. There may have been old school music and dancing that I most definitely probably shouldn’t have done, but…Oh yeah, it happened. LOL

This post will cover the last 2 week’s themes: Ocean & River

For ocean, I pick a great hit single from 3 Doors Down which combines human resilience and beliefs with a great kick-ass vibe. The video was released around the same time parkour was really taking off and becoming more popular. Brad Arnold, the band’s lead singer, was in a major car accident earlier in his career and I thought perhaps this song had been the outcome of that, but it turns out he’d written it for a movie, which the producers then decided not to use. Huh… learn something new everyday.

*Fun Fact: Even though we’ve been in love with Brad Arnold’s deep timbre since Kryptonite first hit the airwaves and rocketed 3 Doors Down to the top of every chart, he was not the band’s original lead singer! He actually started out as their drummer and still prefers to sit at the drums when songwriting. Enjoy!

Looking back at the beginning of this
And how life was
Just you and me and love and all of our friends
Living life like an ocean

But now the currents slowly pulling me down
It’s getting harder to breath
It won’t be too long and I’ll be going under
Can you save me from this?

‘Cause it’s not my time,
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know
Ooh, but I won’t go

I look ahead to all the plans that we made
And the dreams that we had
I’m in a world that tries to take ’em away
Oh, but I’m taking ’em back

‘Cause all this time I’ve just been to blind to understand
What should matter to me
My friend, this life we live in
Is not what we have, it’s what we believe in

It’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a wield in me
Now I know that
This could be the end of me
And everything I know
Ooh, but I won’t go

I won’t go

There might be more than you believe
(There might be more than you believe)
And there might be something you can see

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a fear in me
It’s not showing
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

But, it’s not my time
I’m not going
There’s a wield in me
Now I know that
This could be the end of me
And everything I know

There might be more than you believe
(There might be more than you believe)
There might be more than you can see

But, I won’t go!
No I won’t go down!
Yeah

♪♫♪♫

Songwriters: Bradley Kirk Arnold / Christopher Lee Henderson / Matthew Darrick Roberts / Robert Todd Harrell
It’s Not My Time lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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For River, I chose my favorite song off of Linkin Park’s Living Things album, which I think was their first album to feature their ‘new’ sound. A sound that many fans criticized, but that I really liked. Anyway, the video may be a little upsetting for anyone who has military connections, past or present – it’s not graphic, but it is sad – just a head’s up. I absolutely love the lyrics of this song. As a storyteller, how could I not? But the whole of it is just captivating. Enjoy!

Take me down to the river bend
Take me down to the fighting end
Wash the poison from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

Fly me up on a silver wing
Past the black where the sirens sing
Warm me up in a nova’s glow
And drop me down to the dream below

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

Bring me home in a blinding dream
Through the secrets that I have seen
Wash the sorrow from off my skin
Show me how to be whole again

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see
For you to see

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything else I need to be

‘Cause I’m only a crack in this castle of glass
Hardly anything there for you to see

For you to see

For you to see

♫♪♫♪

Songwriters: Brad Delson / Chester Charles Bennington / Dave Farrell / Joseph Hahn / Mike Shinoda / Robert G. Bourdon
Castle of Glass lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I do not own any rights to these songs, lyrics or videos. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Real Life” – 3 Doors Down

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Hi all, it’s been awhile, and what a perfect week to get back into the swing of things. Helen explained that she really couldn’t give much detail about this week’s theme, but that’s okay, I think we usually find our own ways to connect with the themes, and mine was immediate with this one.

When the Seventeen Days album first came out, I listened to it constantly, I’ve been a fan of 3 Doors Down since Kryptonite hit the airwaves, I mean…who hasn’t? Anyway, I was writing this amazing story at the time, hopping back and forth between my computer and my typewriter, without realizing how much this one song, Real Life, was influencing the plot and even my characters.

But by the end, I had these two protagonists brought together while hiding or running from their problems; one desperate for change, the other terrified of it, but they’re both searching for a better version of their lives and themselves. So, I’ve chosen “Real Life” for this week’s challenge, because it may not have the theme word anywhere in the song, but it’s definitely about the search. I also wanted to thank Helen for reminding me of this book, I should really get to rewriting it. (I lost a lot of it to a computer virus about 10 years ago, but that’s another story!)

In case you haven’t guessed, this week’s theme is: Search

Please head over to Helen’s blog, This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time to join in the fun or check out all the other great songs for the week. Enjoy!

I wanted to find somewhere to hide
And I opened up and let those fears inside
And I wanted to be anyone else
Only to find that there was no one there but me

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it’s not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing’s real here but I won’t stop now
Until I find a better part of me

I let those hard days get me down
And all the things I hate got in my way
I could’ve screamed without a sound
I found myself silenced by those things they say

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it’s not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing’s real here but I won’t stop now
Until I find a better part of me

That’s out there somewhere
And it can’t be that far away
That’s where I’ll find myself
And I’ll find my way out

That’s where I’ll find out

But I woke up to the real life
And I realized it’s not worth running from anymore
When there was nowhere left to hide I found out
That nothing’s real here but I won’t stop now
Until I find a better part of me

♪♫♪♫

Songwriters: Bradley Kirk Arnold / Christopher Lee Henderson / Matthew Darrick Roberts / Robert Todd Harrell
Lyrics found on Google
The Real Life lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

I do not own any rights to this song, lyrics or video. All rights remain with the artists and their respective agents. No copyright infringement intended.

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Inspiration of Song

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So, yesterday was Tuesday and I didn’t get a Triple Lyrics post up here.  Mostly, because I was writing and it was going really well.  Also, because I haven’t been exploring a lot of new music lately, as much as I’ve been listening to old stuff that I’ve already shared with everyone.  I will have to try to look into that for next week (hopefully).

I discovered something interesting about one of my unfinished stories not too long ago, that I never knew.  It was 100% inspired by just one song.  I know, that’s crazy right?  How could I not realize that at the time?  I’m not sure, but I’m thinking it must have been a subconscious thing.  I just happened to start writing the story around the same time one of my favorite bands released a new album and it was the only CD I listened to for like months.

While I find it kind of fascinating, how my characters, their back stories and their personalities are almost wrapped completely around the song, I feel like I need to write the songwriter and ask permission to ever publish it! Ha-ha! Okay, maybe it’s not that bad and the book is all about music, so perhaps it wasn’t as subconscious as much as just perfect timing?

It makes me really curious if musicians get a lot of requests from authors to use their works in their books, though?  I tend to use partial lyrics as quotes or name a band/song my character might be listening to in the storyline, but I can’t say I’ve ever had the desire to incorporate an entire song due to it’s powerful inspiration.

I might just have to look into that!  Okay, for inquiring minds, here is that inspiring song:

 

None of you happen to have Brad Arnold’s address just lying around, do you?  No?  K, just checking!

Happy Hump Day!

 

 

Triple Lyric Tuesday 2

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Thanks to the completely uneventful, national President’s Day, I almost thought today was Monday.  In our school district, this is usually a 2-day holiday, but today has become a snow make-up day.  I wonder if there’s a White House rule that everyone gathers to wish the President a “Happy President’s Day” one time and then not mention it again for the rest of the day?  Could you imagine hearing it all day long from countless people?  Gaw, that would get annoying real fast.  Okay, moving on…

This week’s Triple Lyric Tuesday choices are:

“Who knows how long I’ve been awake now.  The shadows on my wall don’t sleep, they keep calling me; beckoning.

imagine-dragons-tour-ticketsWho knows what’s right, the lines keep getting thinner.  My age has never made me wise, but I keep pushing on and on and on and on…”

~ Nothing Left to Say by: Imagine Dragons

“Give me your lips for just a moment, and my imagination will make that moment live.  Give me, what you alone can give…”Louis-armstrong

~ A Kiss to Build a Dream On by: Louis Armstrong

“To this world, I’m unimportant, just because I have nothing to give.  So 3_doors_downyou call this your free country, tell me why it cost so much to live…”

 ~Duck and Run by: 3 Doors Down

*Note: I do not own anything related to these songs.  All rights and copyrights go to the artists and their respective labels.*