Song – Shadows

This song was written a couple of years after the end of a relationship where I spent the majority of the time walking on eggshells. Needless to say this song is almost like my reward for enduring it.

The verses describe the after effects of having words used against me consistently. At the end of it all I couldn’t trust anything that I said, thought or heard while the choruses describe the prison-like existence that I felt accompanied me throughout this relationship.

I started off writing the chorus and about the hour later I had finished it. I was inspired by the therapeutic nature of writing the song.

At the time of writing Shadows I was very influenced by Neil Finn and Crowded House. I think that the way the chorus is set out is testament to that.


Shadows
© C. Stewart 1999

It’s only one word
That’s all that I ask of you
I don’t ask for much
But it seems that I have asked for the world

You say that it’s okay
And everything’s forgiven now
But no matter what you say
It never fits with what’s in my mind

I’m walking away, walking in circles
Looking through windows, oh
A prisoner of my own mind
Can’t you see the tears in my eyes?
I’m trapped in this lifetime, it’s never-ending
Due to my sorrow, oh
Shadows and lifetimes
Can’t you see the tears in my eyes?

My smile has disappeared
It’s been replaced by all my fears
Fears I’d thought were gone
But now have come to haunt me again

I dare to say a word
Just incase you hear me wrong
Its still the common thing
Even though we are apart

I’m walking away, walking in circles
Looking through windows, oh
A prisoner of my own mind
Can’t you see the tears in my eyes?
I’m trapped in this lifetime, it’s never-ending
Due to my sorrow, oh
Shadows and lifetimes
Can’t you see the tears in my eyes?

 

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