Monday, July 22, 2019

Enchanted

Texas was simple and seemed universal
Louisiana happened along the way
Washington could have been home for forever 
But I loved it too much to stay
Illinois was full; there was never a future for me
And I set off again

I don’t know if I want to live here forever so I guess I will anyway
In this land of contradictions, sun and snow and monsoon rain
I’m afraid to go out until I’m out there
As I rest by the water I find
I’m enchanted and I’m here
Leaving nothing behind 

I’m not sure how I fit in here
A blank page in an epic history
I feel so unprepared and so sheltered 
But I can’t build this wall around me 
So I walk on these unstable rocks and pebbles under the Milky Way 
I want to keep moving but stay 

I don’t know what I’m doing, I never really did, but it doesn’t matter anyway
In the city different I’ve learned that no matter where I go I’m always the same 
I’m afraid to go out until I’m out there
As I rest by the water I find
I’m enchanted and I’m here
Leaving nothing behind 

California is full of all that glitters 
But the gold has been gone for some time
New York’s got it all and then some, I saw
But I don’t need the world at my feet, thanks, I’m fine
Colorado’s deceptively uncomplicated
But I haven’t traversed its heights
Home is where you hang your hat and your coat
They’re put away for the winter but they’re here and they’re mine

I don’t know what I’m doing, I never really did, but it doesn’t matter anyway
In the city different I’ve learned that no matter where I go I’m always the same 
I’m afraid to go out until I’m out there
As I rest by the water I find
I’m enchanted and I’m here
Leaving nothing behind 

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Euphoria

Note: I somehow came across the gorgeous Kpop song Euphoria and was listening to it during a moment of inspiration. I haven’t written in years and it was easy to fit words of my own to the music. I apologize for the Pritam-esque behavior but I will never make money from this, only personal satisfaction. Thank you BTS for the push I needed... I was asleep for way too long

In the space of some hours I saw you
Cross the room he was there, then there were two
And he looked at me with so much care in his eyes
But I wanted that from you 

I admit that I tried hard to hide it
And I think that it’s right that I fight it
And I might seem crazy, oh 
But I’ve been asleep for way too long 

And my blood ran cold then it ran so warm
With you I know I would be safe from harm
But you don’t know my name, guess it’s all the same 

Can’t you see now... you are the cause of my euphoria 

Here I am this morning hoping I’ll see you 
Maybe, maybe, maybe but it’s unlikely 
Paths that intersect once hold no promise 
Of ever meeting again

And my blood ran cold then it ran so warm
With you I know I would be safe from harm
But you don’t know my name, guess it’s all the same

Take my hand now... you are the cause of my euphoria 

Last night I had a dream I drove out there 
Up into your mountains for some cool air 
Looked all around and not a trace of you 
Will I see you again?

And my blood ran cold then it ran so warm
With you I know I would be safe from harm
But you don’t know my name
I can’t recall your face...

Please remember you were the cause of my euphoria 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Again, ahead

Will we go back to silence
After this 
Must we return to silence 
Is it as it was
Everything's the same
But I thought it changed

Snapshot of motion
Captured emotion
I can't forget the way we walked
The way we talked 
And at last, for a moment 
It felt like home

Maybe I'm not saying anything
Because I want to say everything 
Maybe you're not saying anything
Because lives are busy and there's only so many hours 

But at last, for a moment,
You felt like home 
That's all I know
And now there's no
Words left to say
In silence
I'll stay...

Monday, December 14, 2015

Of Oceans

When I was sixteen
Maybe my life would have changed
If the sound hit my ears it would take me
Across the ocean, to follow

And I couldn’t stop me
I’ve always been one of the good girls
Afraid of breaking the rules
What roads would your song lead to?

But when I heard your voice
I was old and wise
How I wish I could return
To my younger life

But I…

I’d have run away
I wouldn’t have known what to say
I’d never have found my place
And gone home, dreaming of oceans

When I was twenty-two
Life set in motion, future in view
When the sound hit my ears it just made me
Happy to sing with the tune

I wanted a safe life
I never thought that I would end up here
And time has carried on
Now I hear your words through new ears

When I heard your voice
I was old and wise
And I don’t want to return
To my younger life

I’d have run away
I wouldn’t have known what to say
I’d never have found my place
And gone home, dreaming of oceans

Maybe is maybe, it never was
What’s happened has happened, and it’s enough
Maybe I’d miss out on all this love
While I waited, dreaming of oceans

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Homecoming

You've been away too long
And now you're coming home
What will you bring
More than your memories?

One suitcase for all you brought with you
And another for the gifts you'll give
To those you left behind
You were always on their mind

You'll bring a smile to their face
And the warmth of your embrace
A good night's sleep
And waking on a perfect weekend morning

Sun rises over the bay
It's just another typical day
But now that you're home
Don't roam!
Stay!

You've been away too long
And I've been feeling low
I've never been more
Ready for your homecoming



Sunday, March 22, 2015

Savann

(My acapella of this is on soundcloud; the producer whose music inspired it did not come through. Anyone want to write better music?

https://soundcloud.com/andreamandal/savann-acapella )

In another time,
In another life I'd find...
In another way
To the other side of life...

But here I am, and there you stand, and oceans lie between
To see that sunrise with my own eyes I'd do anything
I don't know your name
But you'll come to take me away

I'm in the train, it's a long ride
Looking out as the world passes me by
What will I find on the other side?
Are you there holding my hand
Or am I alone?
I will stand on stones on the mountainside
Looking down on my new home
My new life

In another place,
To another foreign land
I'll escape, and maybe this time I can leave me behind
Start over new, be who I wanted to
And you're my ticket to ride
But I wasn't there, oh I was wrong
You couldn't give me what I needed, now you're gone
Everything I hoped for,
My castles on the mountainside are lost
Where are you now?
I don't know, I don't care
But now all I'm left with is me

I'm in the train, it's a long ride
Looking out as the world passes me by
What will I find on the other side?
Are you there holding my hand
Or am I alone?
I will stand on stones on the mountainside
Looking down on my new home
My new life

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Good Things Take Time

A field of green is all i see
The evening sun shines down on me
As we fly in to land
Again we end up just where we began
If dreams come true
Where is the one that was meant just for you?

It's allright, don't you know that the good things take time
Stay strong, fix your eyes
And your future will be so bright, so bright

I had a friend
One day his blue eyes felt the same
As your own eyes feel today
And he's the one who told me it's okay
Just hold on, keep fighting, stand strong
You'll make it, you'll take it
It might not be what you thought it would be
But it's allright

Don't you know that the good things take time
He was young but wise
And the words that he said stayed with me for a lifetime

https://soundcloud.com/andreamandal/the-good-things-take-time