#SongLyricSunday | Written In The Stars – Tinie Tempah ft. Eric Turner

Happy Thanksgiving to all who will be digging into their feasts this coming Thursday! I’m personally not a big fan of turkey, but I love everything else that comes with the holiday. Deviled eggs and stuffing, mashed taters, gravy, biscuits, apple cider and pie…all that pie! LOL I know most families have their own traditional dishes, so I hope you all get some of your favorites!

Of course, our host Jim has given us a list of words to choose from this week in honor of the holiday – none of which has anything to do with football, though I totally could’ve worked with that. 😀 There are so many words, that I couldn’t decided so will be publishing 2 separate #SLS posts. Make sure to stop by Jim’s blog, A Unique Title For Me, by clicking on the theme link below to listen to all of the other songs picked for today!

This week’s theme is: Bounty | Dessert | Eat | Feast | Food | Hungry | Turkey

I’ve mentioned before that “Written In The Stars” was the first song I ever heard by English rapper, Tinie Tempah and it’s still one of my favorites of his to this day. I also think it’s quite fitting for the upcoming holiday, where we’re supposed to reflect on the things we’re thankful for. The song is an inspirational tale about coming up from nothing and working hard to make your dreams come true, and most importantly never giving up on them. It features American singer, Eric Turner for the chorus and piano.

Time for the Wikipedia facts:

  • “Written In The Stars” was released in 2010 as the third single off Tinie Tempah’s debut album, Disc-Overy.
  • It was his second #1 hit in the UK after “Pass Out,” debuting at #1 on the UK Singles Chart.
  • It was his first single to play in the US, reaching #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, and was in the top 10 on Billboard Mainstream Top 40.
  • “Written In The Stars” is certified Platinum in the US, UK, Australia, Canada, and Sweden. It’s 10x Platinum in Norway, and Gold in New Zealand.
  • In 2012, the song played during the London Olympic Games closing ceremony, and Tempah performed it live at Wembley Stadium for the FA Cup Final in 2016.

In an Interview with Tinie Tempah by the BBC, he explained his reference to Malorie Blackman:

  • When Tinie Tempah discovered that British Author, Malorie Blackman, also hailed from Peckham where he’d been born (though he grew up in Plumstead), he knew he had to include a reference to her in his song because his sister loved her book Noughts and Crosses. I don’t know if it’s considered ironic, but Blackman also penned a book titled Chasing the Stars. Her response to the song on Twitter was very positive and supportive, and she even thanked Tinie for giving her a “name check.”

My second pick for today is: “Help, I’m Alive” by Metric. Enjoy!

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the mane
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I’m on my way

Let’s go
Yeah
You’re listening now
They say they ain’t heard nothing like this in a while
That’s why they play my song on so many different dials
‘Cause I got more fuckin’ hits than a disciplined child
When they see me everybody brrap’s, brraps
Man I’m like a young gun fully black Barrack
I cried tear drops over the massive attack
I only make hits like I work with a racket and bat
Look at my jacket and hat
So damn berserk
So down to earth
I’m bringing gravity back
Adopted by the major I want my family back
People work hard just to get all their salary taxed
Look I’m just a writer from the ghetto like Malory Blackman
Where the hells all the sanity at, damn
I used to be the kid that no one cared about
That’s why you have to keep screaming ’til they hear you out

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the mane
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I’m on my way

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!

Yeah, I needed a change
When we ate we never took because we needed a change
I needed a break
For a sec’ I even gave up believing and praying
I even done illegal stuff and was leaded astray
They say the money is the root to the evilest ways
But have you ever been so hungry that it keeps you awake?
Mate, now my hunger would leave them amazed
Great, it feels like a long time coming, fam’
Since the day I thought of that cunning plan
One day I had a dream I tried to chase it
But I wasn’t going nowhere, running man!
I knew that maybe someday I would understand
Trying to turn a tenner to a hundred grand
Everyone’s a kid that no-one cares about
You just have to keep screaming ’til they hear you out

Oh written in the stars
A million miles away
A message to the mane
Oh
Seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I’m on my way

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!
Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh!Oh seasons come and go
But I will never change
And I’m on my way

Songwriters: Charlie Bernardo / Eshraque Mughal / Patrick Okogwu / Tinie Tempah / Eric Turner • Written In The Stars lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc

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

#SongLyricSunday ♫ “Bird Set Free” – Sia

Thanks again to Jim for continuing the #SLS challenge for all of us music lovers! Make sure to follow the theme link bellow to visit his blog, A Unique Title For Me, where you can join in the weekly fun or check out all of the other song choices for today.

This week’s theme is: Bird/Fly/Sky/Wing

I’m bringing the amazing singer/songwriter, Sia back into the spotlight this week and I’ll be really surprised if I’m the only one who picks her hit, “Bird Set Free.” It has all but one of the theme words in the lyrics and is just a powerful, inspirational song–as many of her hits are! I was so happy I found a live version since there’s no ‘official’ video to share. Of course, she has one of her Interpretive Dancers on stage with her, and I’m really digging the polka-dotted bow…it’s a nice break from the solid colors.

Enjoy!

Clipped wings, I was a broken thing
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not sing
You would wind me down
I struggled on the ground, oh
So lost, the line had been crossed
Had a voice, had a voice but I could not talk
You held me down
I struggle to fly now, oh

But there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh
Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

And I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No, I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

Now I fly, hit the high notes
I have a voice, have a voice, hear me roar tonight
You held me down
But I fought back loud, oh

There’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, we cannot deny
Eats us alive, oh it eats us alive, oh
Yes, there’s a scream inside that we all try to hide
We hold on so tight, but I don’t wanna die, no
I don’t wanna die, I don’t wanna die, yeah

And I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I shout it out like a bird set free
No, I don’t care if I sing off key
I find myself in my melodies
I sing for love, I sing for me
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free
I’ll shout it out like a bird set free

Source: LyricFind | Songwriters: Sia Furler / Gregory Kurstin | Bird Set Free lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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.

#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 ♫ “Ashes” – Celine Dion

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Hi all, don’t forget to stop by Helen’s blog, This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time to join in the fun or check out all of the other song picks for today! I know I just included this in my “Top 12 Things I Learned From Watching Deadpool 2” post last week, but the song is too fitting for today’s theme, so I had to share it again.

This week’s theme is: Soul

Everyone knows who Celine Dion is and this song is no less of an inspirational masterpiece than the rest of her tracks – BUT, for those who don’t already know, it is the theme song for Deadpool 2 – which is why the video is both beautifully moving and quite humorous. It’s a good combination to kick off your Sunday, right? 😀 (p.s. you won’t understand the high heels unless you’ve seen the movie, but trust me, it’s funny.) Enjoy!

What’s left to say?
These prayers aren’t working anymore
Every word shot down in flames

What’s left to do with these broken pieces on the floor?
I’m losing my voice calling on you

‘Cause I’ve been shaking
I’ve been bending backwards till I’m broke
Watching all these dreams go up in smoke

Let beauty come out of ashes
Let beauty come out of ashes
And when I pray to God all I ask is
Can beauty come out of ashes?

Can you use these tears to put out the fires in my soul?
‘Cause I need you here, woah

‘Cause I’ve been shaking
I’ve been bending backwards till I’m broke
Watching all these dreams go up in smoke

Let beauty come out of ashes
Let beauty come out of ashes
And when I pray to God all I ask is
Can beauty come out of ashes?

Can beauty come out of ashes?

♪♫♪♫

Songwriters: Jordan Smith / Patrick Martin / Tedd Tjornhom
Lyrics found on Google
Ashes – Deadpool 2 Motion Picture Soundtrack lyrics © Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Fox Music, Inc

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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