Silence

A few weeks ago, I went out to lunch with a friend of mine. We were swapping stories of our youth; the fun and the outlandish things we did when we were in our late teens and our early twenties. During the conversation, the topic of Crossfire came up. I shared with him some of the stories and fun we had had as a band. I also told him the honest truth about the frustrations we encountered as well.

“I’ve always been curious, how do people write songs? Do you just sit down with a piece of paper, decide to write a song and something just comes to you?” he asked.

“Sometimes, yeah, it does,” I responded. But I didn’t want to be glib, so I continued, “But most of the time, it starts with a personal story. Something happens in your life and it affects you in one way or another, and then, after a while, you just have to write it down.”

And that is how it has always been for me as a writer. Most of the lyrics I have written in my life started out as a personal experience or a story that would get stuck in my head. Somehow a piece of music would start playing in my brain and the words would just come to me. Most of the time, I would just free write and then put away the rough draft. Later, I would edit the lyrics until I felt the song was perfect.

The hardest part of writing originals with Crossfire, though, was getting the music they would play on their instruments to sound like the music I heard inside my head when I wrote the song; an even more difficult task to accomplish because I do not read or write music. Jack and Matt were great at trying to get a song to sound the way I had always envisioned it but with our revolving door of bassists, our energy was spent on keeping our cover tunes tight as we brought each new bassist up to speed. As I pointed out in my previous article, this was a monumental task for Crossfire.

As my lunch conversation continued with my friend, he asked, “Are you ever going to share any of your lyrics on your web site? Or are you just going to lock them away and continue to let dust collect on them?”

I ignored the question and changed the topic of conversation because I didn’t have an honest answer for him. I have always been secretive with my lyrics and have always kept them close to the vest in case I ever started a new band. But much like the articles that I have shared with the world, the lyrics can only have meaning if they are shared with people.

So after a lot of internal debate, I have decided to share some of my lyrics. I will rarely share the story behind a lyric because if I tell the story of how a song came about, it will take away the reader’s ability to discuss, debate, and even internalize their own conclusions.

The following lyric is entitled “Silence.” I wrote it back in the summer of 1992 and although Crossfire never got the music for this particular lyric completed, I have occasionally found myself singing this song to myself over the past seventeen and a half years.

Silence

Speak not in voice
Speak not in whispers
Let silence be your call
It’s easy to acquit
The soul will not whither
Let silence break your fall.

I have looked into your eyes a million times
The heart cannot find what the soul can hide
Those who have nothing have nothing to gain
Those who have everything are dying in vain.

Listen to the wind
Listen to the water
Let silence dictate the rules
If you listen to their secrets
Speak not in evil
Let silence save the fool.

Look into the mirror
Ashamed of the reflection?
Let silence set you free
Don’t know what to say
Confide in no others
In silence you are appeased

I have looked into your eyes a million times
The heart cannot find what the soul can hide
Those who have nothing have nothing to gain
Those who have everything are dying in vain.

Speak not in voice
Speak not in whispers
Let silence be your call
It’s easy to acquit
The sinners dream of evil
Let silence break your fall.

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2 Responses to Silence

  1. Marc says:

    That is really cool. I like it a lot. Silence can be so much, interestingly, because it is the absence of something, yet it stands for volumes. Coincidentally, my most recent post also has the first poem and lyrics I have posted.

  2. Tania says:

    Greatings,
    Thank you! I would now go on this blog every day!

    Thank you
    Tania

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