Monday, June 02, 2008

Lyrical creativity: hitting a wall

I write for three different music projects, and recently I've been in somewhat of a lyrical slump. One of my collaborators, Controller (www.myspace.com/c0ntr0ller) suggested I write about my relationship with atheism and religion. I'd been pondering the idea for a few days, listening to new music on my iTunes playlist, when I realized something:

This is Sam Sparro, a new artist I discovered who is currently on tour with Robyn:




"Black and Gold" Lyrics
If the fish swam out of the ocean
and grew legs and they started walking
and the apes climbed down from the trees
and grew tall and they started talking

and the stars fell out of the sky
and my tears rolled into the ocean
now i'm looking for a reason why
you even set my world into motion

'cause if you're not really here
then the stars don't even matter
now i'm filled to the top with fear
that it's all just a bunch of matter
'cause if you're not really here
then i don't want to be either
i wanna be next to you
black and gold
black and gold
black and gold

i looked up into the night sky
and see a thousand eyes staring back
and all around these golden beacons
i see nothing but black

i feel the weight of something beyond them
i don't see what i can feel
if vision is the only validation
then most of my life isn't real

'cause if you're not really here
then the stars don't even matter
now i'm filled to the top with fear
but it's all just a bunch of matter
'cause if you're not really here
then i don't want to be either
i wanna be next to you
black and gold
black and gold
black and gold

To me, this song is about God and belief in a higher power... he wants to be in the sky, the heavens, in the space and stars ("black and gold"). What do you think? After centuries of songs and poetry, it's inspiring to me when songwriters can write in a fresh way that captures my imagination.

_Tunde Olaniran_

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