Saturday, December 20, 2014

The way you are

The word for the way you are
Does not exist in my language
Which is why I fall silent 
As you appear,
The angle of your smile
The waterfall of words
The logical conclusion
Of a microcosm's history
Standing in front of me

As you disappear,
First with apologies,
Then with nothing
And the silence says
As much as the smile

I pore over texts and volumes
In twenty-seven languages
Learning grammar, context, culture
Hoping to stumble 
Over a protagonist's description
To solve the mystery of you

Until the day arrives,
Until the perfect word is found,
The description, the explanation
Until then,
Silence will speak for me

Thursday, October 30, 2014

It's on

is this even real ?
i ask this a lot these days.
maybe it is half real
like the moment you wake up from dreams
i know what is real
it's this smile
and the redness in my cheeks
and the solitude i live in
but even that, i'm doubting
because it's on
as if i were on stage in front of a thousand
singing the songs of my heart
with the mic stand in one hand and the other in the air
it's on,
as if i were off the starting line at the gun
and i ran so fast, so far, never to tire
because i can do anything
i can be anything
when i am everything

i broke the glass, i stormed the palace walls
if i'd only have known
for the good i would have liked to find
is only found when worlds collide
i'll float, i'll fly, in the mean time
because it's only half real
like the night you can't quite recall
i know what is real
it's that sky
the laughter that escapes in harmony
and the sun that streams inside
and the rain that doesn't wet you
because it's on
as if the world could see you shining
and the highwire blazing electric
glass in your hand and plane in the air
it's on,
as if between time and space we get what we deserve
which is more than we could imagine
because we can do anything
we can be anything
for we are everything

Perspective

What used to be obsidian
Now sparkling black like mica
But the properties never changed
Only my angle of vision did
What did I see? How did I see?
How had I not seen before?
I close my eyes now
Only matte neutral colors remain
But for a few moments I glimpsed
Here on the solid earth's surface
An entire universe of stars
In a dark corner of the afternoon sky

Monday, October 27, 2014

Post Party Girl

I'm not adjusting to this silence well
The music's off but I'm still on
The lights are up, the night is over
But I'm not ready To go home yet

They say there's time for magic
And there's a time to let it go
But there's a few moments left to live
Just turn the music on

{Let the stars align one more time
Take me dancing till the sun rise
It's all right
We'll ride this wave till it's over } - 2
In another life

It's only midnight now so turn the wheel
Let the music flow as time goes backward
Help me remember how it used to feel
The memory of an hour ago

The room was full of light then
The mood was so exciting
If the world had ended, I wouldn't care
You were there beside me
And everything around me
Disappeared

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hero for the Day

Written as an assignment for my Coursera songwriting course. You can hear it here: https://soundcloud.com/andreamandal/herofortheday-full-fade
Loop was provided with course materials. 

It's a rainy summer evening
And circumstance has brought us here
A forgotten tune is playing
You're keeping time
And the song, it fills my ears

The meaning's coming clearer
As you're slowly drawing nearer
You never thought we'd be here
But I know that you'll deliver

Can you be a hero for the day?
Can you feel the flood rush in your veins
Can't you feel it baby?
That you're driving me crazy?
You tripped into my arms
And you fell into my heart
This can't be real, babe...

You're the storm and you're the shelter
We're drenched and drowning in the rain
Thunder crash -- you hold me closer
Your body next to mine
And I lose myself again

You stumbled into me, then
We both fell in the deep end
Your eyes said stay with  me, and
Mine said "only for the weekend"

Can you be a hero for the day?
Can you feel the flood rush in your veins
Can't you feel it baby?
That you're driving me crazy?
You tripped into my arms
And you fell into my heart
This can't be real, babe...

When the storm has passed  (You're the storm and the shelter)
We'll go our separate ways (You're everything you need to be just when you need to)
The good things never last (The good things they take time but never ever last)
And what would they say, anyway ... ?

Can you be a hero -- just for today --
Feel the flood rush in your veins
Can't you feel it baby?
That you're driving me crazy?
You tripped into my arms
And you fell into my heart
This can't be ... 

Saturday, July 12, 2014

55

I remember flooded streets
And the sky was dark with rain
I remember all your words
And the music of your name
But if we met again I wouldn't recognize your face
Only the blueprint of your eyes remains

Fifty-five minutes our paths were crossing
You and I found something in common
A hometown, and a smile, and a knowing gaze
But it wasn't the time or the place
Fifty-five days I've all but forgotten
But inside my mind there's a carved out portion that is saved for a piece in a fifty-five minute shape

I hope that all is well
In the months that intervened
That your life is full of love
And you have all that you need
If I returned today
I hope you would not be there
That you're out chasing your dream
Or just the next step on the stair

Fifty-five minutes our paths were crossing
You and I found something in common
A hometown, and a smile, and a knowing gaze
But it wasn't the time or the place
Fifty-five days I've all but forgotten
But inside my mind there's a carved out portion that is saved for a piece in a fifty-five minute shape

It won't ever fall in place
And that's okay
I've gone away
Gone away

Fifty-five minutes our paths were crossing
You and I found something in common
Was it a hometown, or a smile, or a knowing gaze
In fifty-five days I've all but forgotten
But inside my mind there's a carved out portion that is saved for a piece in a fifty-five minute shape

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sin miedo (without fear)

I blame circumstance, but it all is my decision
I can choose to go and shine or I can stay and hide the reasons
For my hesitance, my imperfections holding me at bay
And the perfect life I strive for turns and looks the other way
The excuses are all mine and I'll gladly tell the lies
Hiding in these walls of fear I'll blame it all on time
Hours, minutes, seconds, are the victim of the day
And we waste them and we're hasty and we throw it all away
But what if I said yes? If the promises I kept
Had potential to undo me until there is nothing left?
Do I take the leap and go or do I stay with what I know?
It's only when the seed-pods fly that we begin to grow
What awaits me I can't say, but I smell the sound of rain
And as the clouds on my horizon gather, grow, and change
I too must do the same and perhaps this is the way
And I know that I'm not perfect, but I'll heed the call - I heard it -
Because I know and so do you, "we just regret what we don't do
So dare yourself and know it's true -- you're full of love and they'll love you"