LIFE BEST EXPLAINED THROUGH SONGS

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There are days when music does the talking and today I jot down a few that mirror life on certain days.

1. “Ironic” by Alanis Morissette

An old man turned ninety-eight
He won the lottery and died the next day
It’s a black fly in your Chardonnay
It’s a death row pardon two minutes too late
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Mr. Play It Safe was afraid to fly
He packed his suitcase and kissed his kids goodbye
He waited his whole damn life to take that flight
And as the plane crashed down he thought
“Well isn’t this nice…”
And isn’t it ironic… don’t you think
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face
A traffic jam when you’re already late
A no-smoking sign on your cigarette break
It’s like ten thousand spoons when all you need is a knife
It’s meeting the man of my dreams
And then meeting his beautiful wife
And isn’t it ironic…don’t you think
A little too ironic…and, yeah, I really do think…
It’s like rain on your wedding day
It’s a free ride when you’ve already paid
It’s the good advice that you just didn’t take
Who would’ve thought… it figures
Life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
Life has a funny, funny way of helping you out
Helping you out

2. “Have You Ever?” by Brandy

Have you ever loved somebody so much
It makes you cry
Have you ever needed something so bad
You can’t sleep at night
Have you ever tried to find the words
But they don’t come out right
Have you ever, have you ever
Have you ever been in love
Been in love so bad
You’d do anything to make them understand
Have you ever had someone steal your heart away
You’d give anything to make them feel the same
Have you ever searched for words to get you in their heart
But you don’t know what to say
And you don’t know where to start
[Chorus]
Have you ever found the one
You’ve dreamed of all of your life
You’d do just about anything to look into their eyes
Have you finally found the one you’ve given your heart to
Only to find that one won’t give their heart to you
Have you ever closed your eyes and
Dreamed that they were there
And all you can do is wait for the day when they will care
[Chorus]
What do I gotta do to get you in my arms baby
What do I gotta say to get to your heart
To make you understand how I need you next to me
Gotta get you in my world
‘Cuz baby I can’t sleep
[Chorus]

3. “La La Latch” by Pentatonix

La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
You lift my heart up when the rest of me is down
You, you enchant me even when you’re not around
If there are boundaries, I will try to knock them down
I’m latching on, babe, now I know what I have found
(Never)
Hush, don’t speak
When you spit your venom,
Keep it shut, I hate it
When you hiss and preach
About your new messiah
‘Cause your theories catch fire
I can’t find your silver lining
I don’t mean to judge
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
Enough is enough
Covering my ears like a kid
When your words mean nothing I go la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
If my heart can’t stop it, I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la (never)
I’m so en-captured, got me wrapped up in your touch
Feel so enamored, hold me tight within your clutch
How do you do it? You got me losing every breath
What did you give me to make my heart bleed out my chest?
Yes, I’ve got you in my space
I won’t let go of you
Got you shackled in my embrace
I’m latching on to you (never let go, I won’t let go)
(I feel we’re close enough)
I can’t find your silver lining
(I wanna lock in your love)
I don’t mean to judge
(I feel we’re close enough)
But when you read your speech, it’s tiring
(I wanna lock in your love)
Enough is enough
Covering my ears like a kid
And I’m latching onto you la la la la
I’m turning up the volume when you speak
If my heart can’t stop it, I find a way to block it, I go
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la latching onto
La la, la la la la la la la la la la,
La la la la, la la la la la la la la la la (never)

4. “Cheap Thrills” by Sia

Come on, come on, turn the radio on
It’s Friday night and it won’t be long
Gotta do my hair, put my make-up on
It’s Friday night and it won’t be long ’til I
Hit the dancefloor
Hit the dancefloor
I got all I need
No I ain’t got cash
I ain’t got cash
But I got you baby
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
Come on come on, turn the radio on
It’s Saturday and it won’t be long
Gotta paint my nails, put my high heels on
It’s Saturday and it won’t be long ’til I
Hit the dancefloor
Hit the dancefloor
I got all I need
No I ain’t got cash
I ain’t got cash
But I got you baby
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
(I love cheap thrills!)
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
Oh, oh
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
Baby I don’t need dollar bills to have fun tonight
(I love cheap thrills!)
I don’t need no money
As long as I can feel the beat
I don’t need no money
As long as I keep dancing
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)
La, la, la, la, la, la
(I love cheap thrills!)

5.  “That’s Not My Name” byThe Ting Tings
Four letter word just to get me along
It’s a difficulty and I’m biting on my tongue and I
I keep stalling, keeping me together
People around gotta find something to say now
Holding back, everyday the same
Don’t wanna be a loner
Listen to me, oh no
I never say anything at all
But with nothing to consider they forget my name (ame, ame, ame)
[Chorus:]
They call me ‘hell’
They call me ‘Stacey’
They call me ‘her’
They call me ‘Jane’
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
They call me ‘quiet’
But I’m a riot
Mary-Jo-Lisa
Always the same
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
That’s not my name
I miss the catch if they throw me the ball
I’m the last chick standing up against the wall
Keep up, falling, these heels they keep me boring
Getting glammed up and sitting on the fence now
So alone all the time at night
Lock myself away
Listen to me, I’m not
Although I’m dressed up, out and all with
Everything considered they forget my name
(ame, ame, ame)
[Chorus]
[Jules in the background:]
This song was in my head, now it’s in my mind,
Call it, reach it, get some words and get some timing,
Though I realize, I cannot emphasize,
I’ll stick around, but just a promise, nothing binding,
However can’t you see, that you’re so desperately,
A standing joker like a vocal one-liner,
Instead of sing-along, this song is monotone,
I gotta get some soul, gotta get some feeling….
Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?
Are you calling me darling?
Are you calling me bird?

6. “Hello, My Name Is” by Matthew West

Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Hello, my name is regret
I’m pretty sure we have met
Every single day of your life
I’m the whisper inside
That won’t let you forget
Hello, my name is defeat
I know you recognize me
Just when you think you can win
I’ll drag you right back down again
‘Til you’ve lost all belief
Oh, these are the voices. Oh, these are the lies
And I have believed them for the very last time
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
I am no longer defined
By all the wreckage behind
The one who makes all things new
Has proven it’s true
Just take a look at my life
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children
I am a child of the one true King
What love the Father has lavished upon us that we should be called His children
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
I’ve been saved, I’ve been changed, I have been set free
“Amazing Grace” is the song I sing
Hello, my name is child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh
I am a child of the one true King
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh (ah oh),
Whoa oh ah oh ah oh oh…

7. “Get Up” by Mary Mary

Layin’ Low
Rest n’ pause
Sleeping long
Slow motion
Gonna do
Shoulda, coulda, woulda done
Excuses
What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait
He said
She said
They said
What do you say?
It’s your dreams
Your choice
Your time
Your life
So don’t you
Don’t you
Miss it
What are you afraid of?
Don’t you know what you’re made of?
One of God’s greatest creations
Take this invitation now
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait
Welcome to the rest of your life
From now on, just try
To live more, want more, work a little harder
Dance more, laugh more, be a little smarter
Hug a little longer, love a little stronger
You’ve been down but now it’s time to
Get Up
‘Cause you can’t stop
Get Up
Got a lot to do
24 hours
Almost gone
Get Up
Don’t sit there
Get Up
If you wanna get there
Clocks don’t stop and
Time won’t wait [2x]
One more time, Say…
Get Up [x9]

8. “Never Too Far Gone” by Jordan Feliz

I have loved you from the start
I have seen your hurting heart (your hurting heart)
And you feel so lonely, but you keep on hiding
‘Cause you feel so guilty for what you’ve done, but
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You have run down every road
And you’ve lost your way back home (your way back home)
And you feel so dirty, you know you’re unworthy
Feeling undeserving of any love, but
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love, my love, my love
You will never outrun my love (you will never outrun my love)
There’s no distance too far, that I can’t reach you
There’s no place that’s so dark, that I can’t find you
Anywhere that you are, if you need proof
Take a look at these scars, and know I love you
Doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter, doesn’t matter what you’ve done
You are never, you are never, never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone
Oh ah-oh, ah-oh
Never too far gone

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Never Too Far Gone

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I am writing this down, that I may one day look back and realize that I was never too far gone.

There are times when life seems to toy with you in the most inhumane way with a smirk on its face.

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I accept responsibility for the roles I played, whether active or silent, that have led me to this very place thats got me viewing the world with not so rosy coloured glasses.

Don’t worry your life away.

Don’t let the trouble win.

That’s my battlecry this week.

You are enough.

 

This Is It!

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There comes a time when enough is enough.

Today is that day.

I am done.

I am done hiding.

I am done being an escapist.

I am done second guesssing myself.

I am done limiting myself.

I am done with being good at just one thing.

I am done with just trying and not striving to excel.

 

You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.

Well, time is precious and its time to write my story.

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In the past 2 weeks, I have received news of loss that has befallen some of my closest friends and it hurts. Its painful, its confusing, its numbing, its baffling, its a conundrum to say the least.

What is one to do when loss and grief engulfs those around you?

How do we get past the internal turmoil and piercing pain that isn’t going anywhere anytime soon?

My answer?

Life’s short. Spend it well.

Break free from the constraints that hold you back and do what you’ve got to do. 

I continually ask myself, if today was it, what would they remember me for?

What I was insecure about or what I did despite life’s curveballs?

Well, I am leaving my mark and I am going to do it with fierce intention. 

See you out there. 

 

THROWING DARTS…AND HOPING ONE STICKS

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Oh dear. Where do I begin? Is any one in possession of a time machine? If only we had selfies and screenshots way back when, it would be easier to explain.

The question every kid was asked by all and sundry was, ” What do you want to be when you grow up? The answers would vary from the coolest thing you had just seen someone on telly or in your family do a few days ago or in the past few minutes.

There are some who have stuck true to their declarations, but for most of us, we switched alliances faster than the current political trend.

I have danced the tango with various career options only to fall on the wayside, spent and without a clue what hit me.

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Once upon a time, I was so sure I would be a zoologist after I saw a documentary on how intelligent and playful dolphins are. Secondly, came my desire to be a botanist as I saw the beauty and wonder of flora captured perfectly through a time-lapse camera.

Fast forward to high school and the Interior design bug bit me and I remember telling others about it and I had to explain why I wasn’t pursuing law like my late father or teaching like my beloved Mum. Well, that was then, and I was so sure of myself, or so I thought.

Life after high school was a different ball game altogether, with the cool and necessary Computer course being the first thing on my list. Once I was done and I had my certificate in hand, hata sijui niseme. I had no idea what to do next. I remember staying home just doing the household chores and not knowing what my future held in store.

Well, I won’t get into all the details but, the long and short of it is that I was guided into my life purpose albeit with some battlescars here and there. The main turning point in my life was when I found my voice, quite literally.

I was a very quiet child. I swear. I truly was. Ask my immediate family and childhood neighbours. My daily word count are not nearly an eighth of what I clock in by midday on a good day.

Then someone tried to frame young naive me, in a scam and when I got questioned for hours and having to travel from Nairobi to Nyeri, at night which was like the craziest thing  I could do (yes…crazy, coz way back when, as a young girl you were warned/ instructed to travel during the day. Nightime had its owners plus mobile phones were still a rumour.)

 That was the day I found my voice and there was no turning back.

To be continued

 

WHAT DO I DO NEXT?

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Have you ever been in a situation:-

Where all that you knew to be certain and secure suddenly shifts and you have no bearing at all?

Where what you knew as the norm and upon which you banked your long term goals on, suddenly crumbles before your very sight?

When you suddenly realize that nothing is certain in this world but death and taxes?

That necessitates usage of all your willpower to keep a straight face and not “ring the alarm” or fall into a heap of tears?

In which you wish you could go back in time and knowing all that you know now, change and tweak a few things here and there, thus ensuring that you come out unscathed?

Where all you can do is ask yourself silently and in all honesty…”What do I do next?”

Falling apart

Well, that is exactly what I am going through right now.

The very core of who I am, or who I believed myself to be is being shaken from every angle and it is kinda terrifying to know that the social netwoks I relied on there before, especially in one key area of your life are being shattered one link at a time.

Yes, I know I am not meant to rely on one facet of life and forget the rest, but in this case, they were the perfect link to my next season in life and now due to certain terms and conditions that have been introduced recently, my network have received an unexpected blow.

Well, it has been said so many times before that in order for everything to come together, things need to fall apart first.

Well, one thing I am certain of, is that THINGS ARE FALLING APART!!!

I do not have control over certain aspects in my life, but I am glad I get to know that this is for the better.

Therefore, I hereby embrace the chaos within and around me.

Embrace yours too, it will make for some interesting chat the next time we meet.

😉

 

 

SPIRIT OF CHAMPIONS

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It has been said once
It has been said twice
But you still don’t arise
From the stupor
That you’ve immersed
Yourself in
In your efforts to
Blend in with the rest.
Don’t you know?
You are unique
One of a kind
It’s plain to see
That you are priceless
But you’ve not acknowledged
Your worth!
Look into the mirror,
Search your soul,
Refine your principles,
Give it one more try,
Stop thinking,
That the world
Owes you something
Coz it owes you nothing!
Life won’t offer a map,
But a compass

CHALLENGES
You need to get
To your Destiny
Through the
Trials,
Temptations,
And
Triumphs!
Arise
A new dawn beckons
Devoid of misgivings
And reservations
Push hard
Against the odds
Into world’s unknown
For you are endowed with
Never ending courage!
As you face another day
Summon
The spirit of champions
That lies within
For you deserve the best!

composed by

FAITH K. MUTEGI

2009

BREAK THE CHAINS

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Break the chains,
Take those pillars down
Turn on the lights!

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Sitting in the dark
Is a thing in the past!
Life goes on

It may ache
It may be difficult to recover
From the blows
That life has dealt
Onto your dreams;


You wish it would all go away
But that’s not how
Life unfolds!


Broken hearts,
Spilt milk,
Broken glass,
Whose impact
Cannot be erased!


It isn’t a sign of weakness
To reach out for help
Unwrap yourself,
From the suffocating cocoon;
Unveil the splendour
That has been dormant
For way too long!


Find the sparkle,
That you once had
Let it shine forth;


The first step you take
Is the longest stride
It’s
Worth the fight!

Composed by Faith K. Mutegi

November, 2009