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There's Gotta Be A Moment

Since my own diagnosis in 2006 I have been writing songs that address mental health issues, all focused on personal experience, and all of which, given my style of writing, tend to come across more dour than not. Since the release of Hospital Music, thousands of people have contacted me through various forms of social media and email and conveyed how much that material has meant to them, or helped them through difficult times. As you might expect, it’s a rather overwhelming and unbelievably humbling thing.

I sat down the other day to write lyrics to a song I’ve been working on lately. As is sometimes the case, when putting down a melody I’ll simply mumble nonsense into the microphone knowing that I’ll go back and work on proper lyrics later on. That’s not always my method, but in this instance it’s what happened. When it came time to work on the lyrics I found myself struggling given that sometimes what you mumble can create fantastic imagery in your head that, were it translated, would end up being about absolutely nothing - and not in a cool stream of consciousness sort of way - simply absolute nonsense.

A few days ago my wife came home from work and relayed a story to me that had really impacted her. She had taken photos for a family, a member of which struggled with mental health issues. That person was also a fan and gave my wife a poem that they had written for me to read. To some it might sound trivial, but it overwhelmed my wife and, as is always the case, humbled me incredibly. 

When I returned to my office the next day the words to this song came out of me in maybe 15 minutes. A great sense of hope and positivity consumed me as I wrote, one that I realized when I was finished that I have never experienced when writing about the subject. 

Life is funny sometimes. How a complete stranger’s words printed out on a page, carefully placed in a plastic sleeve, can impact you. How a shared commonality in struggle can lead to the unveiling of a light that overpowers the common darkness that is prevalent in it, day in and day out. 

So this song is for Gabriel, who inspired it, and everyone else that has written me or spoken to me after shows about their own struggles. 

Unlike other demo previews, the lyrics to the song are posted below. Again, as I’ve mentioned before, it’s a demo, so I’m sure the mix isn’t great, etc, etc.

Moment

There’s a risk that lets you see the red lights falling through the trees
in quicksand constant to your knees
but I wasn’t always like this you know

Fearless we set out to breathe
but mesmerized I fell too deep and went to war with all in me
but I wasn’t always like this you know
it wasn’t always like this you know
there’s got to be a moment when you’re gonna get it right
and the trouble up your spine
ya you’re gonna let it go
there’s got to be be a moment

It wasn’t always like this you know

If you cave you cave to me
and we can fail ‘till we succeed
a lap down up into the lead
it won’t always be like this you know 

If you walk and find a mountain every step can’t be the bottom
‘cause there’s got to be a moment when you’re gonna get it right
and the trouble up your spine
ya you’re gonna let it go
there’s got to be a moment  

It wasn’t always like this you know

The preview is now over. Thanks for listening.