A Lyrical Life

A while back I was talking to someone about everything that had been going on for me when they said “God, your life is like a film sometimes isn’t it!?” I immediately replied that it was more like a musical.

Sure, there are the same dramatic ups and downs, but I have felt for a long time like my life has been regularly punctuated by music. I think everyone hears a song every now and again which they really feel like they can relate to and very occasionally one will come along which perfectly reflects what you are personally experiencing. For me that happens all the time. Almost every week I come across songs which are so intensely true to my own life that it feels almost eerie.

I thought a lot about this since that conversation and I came to the conclusion that sometimes the best way to give someone an insight into what it is like to be in an environment like prison, with all of the effects that has on so many areas of life, is to reveal the song that sums your feelings up best.

Well, over the past few months there have been quite a few songs which I became drawn to in this way. When things got hard there were some I couldn’t listen to at all (including anything by Ed Sheeran or Kings of Leon) but the song that epitomises my current state of mind more than any other is Let Her Go by Passenger. Particularly in the first verse.

Well you only need the light when it’s burning low

only miss the sun when it starts to snow

only know you love her when you let her go

only know you’ve been high when you’re feeling low

only hate the road when you’re missing home

only know you love her when you let her go

and you let her go.

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