Last year when I heard reports that Nelson Mandela was in hospital, I thought come on Hilton get it together.
You see, I have always had songs coming to me, but never really answered my muse in that direction, mostly through a lack of confidence in my guitar playing and self-doubt.
But when I heard this brilliant man was not well at the time, I thought to myself - after all he has achieved with his life, the least I could do was get some courage and go and start recording drafts of some of the songs that have come to me over the years.
A little bit of 'Speak... or in this case 'Sing your truth even if your voice shakes'' as I posted in a recent blog article about that wonderful photo of graffiti that I saw on-line.
This song is called Round the Sun and was inspired to a large degree by men and women such Nelson Mandela whose lives, as they make their own transit through life as we circle the sun, have inspired and helped so many.
Lyrics are below the video link.
Hope you enjoy!
Youtube link to Round the Sun is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHZXf135vx0
The 'Speak your truth even if your voice shakes' article can be found in the 'Motivation' category in list on the right.
lyrics by Lawrence
Each year as we travel round the sun
We go a billion kilometers,
Give or take some.
And after this long, long journey through Space,
Isn't it strange we end up in exactly the same place.
The earth weighs six septillion tons
I think that's in kilograms,
Give or take some
But nothing could weigh so heavy on me
If I never again, you would see.
And you've held our hands through all of our fears
And you carried us high with joy through our tears
And after so many times round the sun
Its sure been a long, long, long,
long, long, long
Walk to freedom
Now everyone needs some times to rest,
But we'll carry on,
We're going to try and really do our best
But I know that in just a few more turns round the sun,
We all be on that long long long
Walk to freedom.
Recorded at Theydon Studios London (work in progress)
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